"With the first round of regulations, through 2020 or 2025, we're talking about taking conventional technology...which for 20 years we've been putting into acceleration, accessories, etc., -- taking that existing technology and putting it toward better fuel economy," he said.
So the days of commercials touting every car's zero-to-60 accelerating power, and the multiple-DVD minivan may be waning, but the internal combustion gas-powered engine will remain the dominant vehicle type for the next 10 or 15 years, by Thompson's estimation. It will be 2040 or 2050 before plug-in hybrids and other advanced technologies dominate the market, he predicted.
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