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Oil costs will stabilize quicker than chip manufacturing; which ends up in a delay in EV adoption as legacy automakers prioritize less-chip-intensive ICE autos and restrict their greatest chip necessities to their halo/flagship EVs, which implies that most EVs will nonetheless not be accessible for many common residents.

Toyota will absolutely unveil their supposed solid-state battery tech late within the yr and hawk it on their next-gen Hybrids, EVs, and FCVs. It’ll begin on their flagship fashions and top-end trims of standard fashions (say top-end Prius and possibly theRAV4 Prime) to assist ameliorate prices, then trickle down.

Associated, no main charging infrastructure is ready up all through 2022 due to chip shortages and ongoing analysis to select the very best locations to arrange charging stations with the restricted funds out there (identical to how GM is being cautious about the place to supply complementary charging services).

We get one other week-long nuclear winter and Texas as soon as once more collapses as a result of the ability producers didn’t implement back-ups on the idea that it was only a once-in-a-decade freak occasion and TXDoT didn’t purchase extra snowplows and salt. Leading to much more auto-related disaster whether or not it’s powering up the home with the hybrid/EV or loss of life by exhaust.

Compact nuclear may need a breakthrough, and as an alternative of one other renewable undertaking, a compact reactor is constructed within the hopes of having the ability to present extra energy with much less area. Auto-related as a result of this could assist take care of elevated load on the ability grid.

Cybertruck can be delayed one other yr, whereas the Lightning strikes arduous and quick and Rivian makes an attempt to capitalize on the restricted competitors (whereas nonetheless honoring its Amazon commitments). GM reveals its extra highly effective Hummer EV with 3 motors in addition to the cheaper single motor variant, alongside it’s regular EV truck.

Hydrogen-based energy can have modest breakthroughs all through 2022 and begin seeing some infrastructure put up exterior of California; partially sponsored by Massive Oil as they begin critically planning for a post-gas/diesel automotive future, and likewise sponsored by long-haul transport/trucking corporations.

Autonomous driving can be centered on long-haul trucking to assist and finally exchange the troubled CDL driver scarcity and likewise to assist reduce down transport delays. In parallel, transport companies should begin working in some sort of stipend for drivers who’re caught in hour+ delays, as an alternative of utterly going with out pay from idling.

Just like the Spanish Inquisition, nobody might have predicted Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the beginning of 2022. However aside from oil costs, you had been fairly on the nostril.

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