Yes technology is moving along ultra fast, not only in parts of the USA, but also Europe, Japan, China and India...some countries that we seem to think of as "developing". Once China purges itself from coal (and they have a plan to do exactly that) then coal energy will be history.
Battery operated cars and charging stations will be common place on the roads before I die (and I'm 70). And I won't even have to drive...my robot will just answer to my command. I'll drink a cold beer as we motor down the road, and I won't even have to worry about a DUI.
Oh to be young again.
I'm quite excited about electric car technology. Hell, even the head of Shell Oil Company said that his next car will be electric.
Electric cars already make up a decent chunk of automobiles on the roads in major metropolises and that is only going to expand with the roll out of the Tesla Model 3. Charging stations are becoming faster and faster and they are also free of charge. Imagine being able to take a 2,000 mile road trip with never having to spend $4.00/gallon on gas.
My wife and I just talked the other day about how the car we purchased last year will likely be the last one we buy. That's because we foresee a day, in the very near future, where we hop in an autonomous vehicle that takes us out to explore Mt. Hood or the Pacific Ocean. Stuff like that sounded outlandish years ago, but it's coming sooner than we ever imagined.
Autonomous trucks are already on our highways, but no one notices because someone is still sitting behind the wheel. I see that changing in the next decade and wouldn't be surprised if we become accustomed to seeing a trailer driving itself without having a cab in the front.
The same goes with cars being developed by multiple companies. Facebook, Google, Lyft, Uber, and multiple other companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on autonomous technology.
It excites me, but I appreciate how it scares others. That's why job retraining will be so important moving forward. There are millions of truck drivers in this country and they, whether they like it or not, are going to be out of a job in the not too distant future. Taxi drivers are already feeling that pinch.