This issue is devoted to exploring the increasingly electrified and automated “inEVitable” future of mobility, looking 15 years or so down the road. Because that's kind of what this page always sets out to do, I'll spend this month's word budget on a highlight reel of sorts, describing a future world in which the best concepts explained in previous columns have successfully reached production to keep the world's inhabitants and goods moving sustainably. Note that separate online stories (scan the QR code with your phone for more) dedicated to each of these headings will delve deeper into the present status and prognosis of these technologies, without rehashing any of the nitty-gritty science.
Carbon-Free Combustion Forever!
Combustion still powers certain vehicles, but running on bio- or e-fuels, they emit no new carbon. Most that are fueled by alcohols burn biobutanol, which nearly matches gasoline's energy content and octane rating (problems with low vapor pressure were resolved post-Biden). Most vehicles run on chemically equivalent gasolines assembled from smaller molecules. Nacero Blue and Green gas is built from methane sourced from landfill gases and natural gas that would have been flared, and the rest comes from scrubbing CO2 from the atmosphere and combining it with cleanly electrolyzed hydrogen (see Prometheus fuels and Haru Oni/Porsche).
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2022 Pininfarina Battista
It's quicker than whatever supercar you drive.
2022 Subaru WRX
Big shoes to fill.
Tip of the Spear
Our inaugural pvoty evaluation ran the market's sharpest cars through the gauntlet in search of the best of the best
Superformance MKIII-E Electric Cobra Prototype
The future of hot rodding is here, and it's still gnarly.
2004 Porsche 911 GT2
It sure seemed crazier back in its day.
Day in the Life 2037
We asked scientists, auto executives, and forecasters what they thought a typical day in the life of a middleclass American would look like 15 years from now. How will they get around and go about their day? How much of what we read about today could soon be reality? Created out of those discussions, this essay explores what the not so distant future—automotive and otherwise—could be ...
The Big Picture
Has the ultimate driving machine run out of road?
The inevitable future, as foretold by Nostratechnologūs.
The Holy Driver - When Virtual Meets Reality
A talented young gamer eventually learns that the driving simulation he’s playing has become all too real, with life-and-death consequences
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