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Discussion in 'Battery Discussion' started by malcolm, Nov 29, 2007.
"We think we'll help the industry reduce fuel consumption..."
Is that a goal for Exxon Mobil?
I'd assume Exxon's real goal is to rack up patents which they can use to keep the technology out of electric cars, rather than use it to improve them. Chevron have already used their patents to keep large-format NiMH cells out of electric cars.
OR the goal is to wean us off oil slowly and expensively.
At Some Point Oil Will be Too Expensive to Burn
There will be too many players trying for shares of a smaller and smaller pie. At that point a company wants another line of business. The oil companies will *not* go gentle into that good night. They're hedging their bets. If you want to drive an electric car, they want to make money off it.
One mistake the railroad companies probably made in the 20th century was to think of themselves as railroads rather than transportation companies. Had they more foresight, they might have gotten into the airline industry and the auto industry, and been major players in shaping the transportation world we see now. Instead, however, they ceded autos to Detroit and airlines to Seattle, and eventually lost their chokehold on transportation.
Perhaps the oil companies have learned something from the railroads. Any smart oil company should realize that its primary business has shifted to energy in whatever form it takes, not just oil. BP changed its tagline from "British Petroleum" to "Beyond Petroleum." Maybe Exxon Mobil is realizing that it's time to think past oil, too.
If you don't work on obsoleting your own products, someone else will. Battery technology seems like a pretty good hedge for an oil company to me.