Ran across this story that cites a Boston Consulting report, which indicates that automakers should be able to meet 2020 mileage targets (fleet-wide average of 40-plus mpg) using existing technology for internal combustion engines. Expect to see more turbocharging, direct-injection, variable-valve technology etc. Also expect to see more accessories like power steering and perhaps even A/C compressors powered by electricity rather than parasitically driven by the serpentine belt.
Still, that’s good news for the lube industry, and indicates that the good-ole IC engine will still be around for decades to come.
(This post written while listening to “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant.)