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I stand firm on the concept that the internal combustion engine is going bye bye very soon and they have just not let it slip in any official way. Seeing that the EU has publicly stated a date of demise it would be wise for North America to understand that we alone do not dictate the global market and as such we are not going to be able to demand anything from manufacturers.
I would not be surprised to see small engines (well under 1L) used as range extenders but they will only generate electricity, not propulsion. This way, manufacturers can easily meet MPG ratings while giving us some sort of usable range. Trucks and larger vehicles will remain internal combustion for a while longer, but that will only last until we get some sort of advanced battery technology.
Without starting a political debate over climate change, we are being pushed out of the combustion engine by imperfect science and I also think that the manufacturers see more profit in electrics and the prospect that once there is an official ban on petrol engines there will be an initial huge demand for new electrics. It's like they all said in a private closed boardroom "If we all do it at once we will all make lots of dough".
2004 Mazda 6s 3.0 5dr. never ending money vacuum project:
CP-E headers w/catted mid + Magnaflow carback/AEM CAI/3.7L TB/Speed6 springs/RX-8 wheels
AWR 70D Enginemount/CP-E Dogbone/Custom urethane stock trans mount
Ralco shortshifter/Bose w/Auxmod/sharkfin antenna/lots of little things...