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What is the future of the internal combustion engine?

Some people believe this engine will be phased out eventually. Others think it'll only get better and better as the years roll on. I think there's an an upper boundary to how much better it can become, and therefore there'll come a day when someone will build a museum for them. What do you think?

With electric vehicles on the horizon and battery technology improving each year, a bright future for these engines is becoming harder and harder to see.

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  • Sep 1 2013: It is a dead end since the resources for it are very limited and the pollution it causes is very bad all round. It had its day and needs to be upgraded to something better. The problem here has been the tendency to spend very little time and money on alternatives when there seemed to be an endless supply. This creates inertia which is typical; of human beings in their comfort zone. Imagine if alternatives had been thoroughly research say 40 years ago then we would by now have a thriving energy supply from other sources.

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