Way back when, a lot of folks were convinced that steam engines would be the powerplant of choice for the fledgling auto industry. But despite their best efforts, steam went the way of the buggy whip and died a quiet death.
Don't be surprised if battery power goes the same way. Anyone who takes a close look at electric vehicles these days quickly realizes that while batteries may be a short-term solution, they simply won't work in the long term. They don't hold enough energy, and they take too long to recharge.
For local and even regional use, batteries may do an adequate job, but no one is promoting the idea of taking battery-powered vehicles cross-country, unless you have a lot of time on your hands and plenty of good books to read.
Batteries are a short-term answer for those who are convinced that electrification of vehicles is the future, something that is yet to be decided. The consumer will get the final vote, unless governments around the world decide to outlaw internal combustion engines.
Hybrids are another solution to range and recharging problems, but that alternative is still primarily based on petroleum power with a little help from batteries. Using two separate powerplants can't be an efficient way to power a car or truck.
The real solution lies somewhere else. As EVs become increasingly sophisticated, the industry will need something that is not yet developed or commercialized.
While there may be several possibilities, the one that makes the most sense as a long-term energy source may be the fuel cell.
We have been using fuel cells in the space business for decades. They have been to the moon and back several times, and there are no charging stations on the moon.
Fuel cells are still quite a way from commercialization, but there are a few companies, including automotive manufacturers, spending a lot of time and money developing fuel cells for EVs.
No one is certain what will end up being the power source for EVs, but one thing seems clear: It will not be batteries.
Whether customers are willing to switch to electrification from the internal combustion engine remains to be seen, but it is increasingly obvious that batteries are a temporary solution. They are not the end game.