The future seems to belong to electric vehicles (EVs).

Several countries, including France and the U.K., have already set deadlines to end internal combustion engine car sales, and in response automobile manufacturers have set their own deadlines to stop producing them. Most of the current cutting-edge technology in the automotive field is being developed under the assumption EVs will be the platform of the future. The main sticking point now is not the viability of the technology but public acceptance.

For the most part, EVs are promoted for what they do not do, i.e., produce emissions that are harmful to people and the planet. Still, that rationale isn't airtight, given that the electricity they use has to come from somewhere, and fossil fuels remain a mainstay for generating electricity.