A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance suggests that China’s electric-bus revolution could kill off oil demand in the future.
By the end of 2019, 270,000 barrels a day of diesel will be taken out of the market as a result of China’s switch to non-fossil fuel engines. The report indicates that buses and other large passenger vehicles account for a far greater proportion of oil displacement than cars.
China’s rapidly growing fleet of electric buses could be the biggest existential threat to oil demand in the future as more and more vehicles shun fossil fuels. A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance suggests that China’s electric-bus revolution could kill off oil demand in the future with 6.4 million barrels a day displaced by electric vehicles by 2040. By the end of 2019, a cumulative 270,000 barrels a day of diesel demand, predominantly from China, will be removed from the market.
China’s revolution in electric vehicles has been astonishing and looks set to continue into the future. For example, in the growing megacity of Shenzen, the entire 16,000 strong fleets of buses run on electric engines and taxis will soon follow suit.
Bloomberg estimates that electric buses and cars collectively account for 3% of global oil demand growth since 2011. The market is still small, making up around 0.3% of current consumption, but is set to expand rapidly in the coming years.
Global energy demand is still growing despite the boom in electric vehicles, with the US set to become the world’s largest oil exporter in the coming years.
On August 7, Finland welcomed its first batch of fully electric Yutong buses.
All 33 e-buses were delivered to the city of Helsinki and will dramatically improve the public transport sector in the country.
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