Volvo announced last week that all of its new cars would be either hybrid or electric by 2020. Volvo is owned by Geely, one of China’s biggest automakers, and the poor air quality in China has led some to believe that the move is also motivated by stricter Asian emissions regulations. Earlier this year, India’s Prime Minister announced a measure to ban the sale of internal combustion engines in the country by 2030 to address pollution. Neither India nor China have the supply of electric cars needed to reduce air pollution.
To discuss, Worldview is joined by Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, and Carlo Segre, Duchossois Leadership Professor of Physics at IIT and CTO of Influit Energy, a startup that researches liquid battery refueling for electric cars.
Worldview also takes listener calls with Aaron Freeman, a journalist and artist in residence with the Chicago Council on Science & Technology.