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Poll results: Does the internal combustion engine have a future?



Governments, policy makers, industry analysts, they all seem to agree that the internal combustion engine doesn’t have much of a future. Instead it’ll have to make way for battery electric vehicles instead. But what do YOU, the readers of EngineeringPro think? That’s the question we asked last week, and here are your answers.
Does the internal combustion engine have a future?
Yes, contrary to what the media might say internal combustion engines do indeed have a future. 63.33% of you believe that ‘internal combustion engines will continue to get cleaner and more efficient’, whilst 10% of you believe that internal combustion engines have a future ‘but only because electric vehicles won’t be able to replace them’.

On the other side of the argument 20% of readers believe that the media, politicians and policy makers are correct – internal combustion engines DON’T have a future. Indeed, the future is looking rosy for EVs.

It’s clearly a topic which has broad engagement as we received numerous comments from readers. Reader Kenneth Jones suggested that “The dependable petrol engine is too vital to not be in our future”.

Over on our LinkedIn page the debate continued with one of Fircroft’s very own recruiters Ben Donkin (also known by the nom de guerre 'Donks') suggesting that “electric sucks, they aren’t easy to tinker with, there’s no noise, there’s no feeling, like sure they are quick but have you ever seen a Tesla do a powerslide? I have, it’s about as exciting as watching paint dry. I’m all for saving the planet but let’s play with old oily motors some more please!”
It seems that even if in some niche capacity, the internal combustion engine will be around for a long time to come.
There also appears to be ‘centre-ground’ in the debate with many readers suggesting that internal combustion engines will continue to have a part to play for the foreseeable future but will cede market share over time to EVs. One reader wrote in to say “internal combustion engine will have a future for only the short and midterm. In the long term they’ll be replaced.”

Another reader suggested that internal combustion engines may become a ‘legacy tech’ which will be used for niche applications, “long term internal combustion engine vehicles may be manufactured in low numbers for motorsports etc”.

Have your say

There you have it! EngineeringPro readers have come down firmly in favour of the notion that internal combustion engines have a future. But what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below…

This week’s EngineeringPro Poll looks up at the stars and asks a very different question. It’ll be published on the site very soon.
Tags: Automotive
Recent Comments
Interesting read. I'm thinking hydrogen will be used a lot more for heavy haulage and LNG has a long term future until we get the right amount of infrastructure in place for Evs and governments workout how to reconfigure tax streams from the new transport methods and the efficient supply of green energy into the power grids (big ask) the change will occur in spurts over a extended period of time as with the last industrial revolution. approx 40 years. It is happening exciting times watching it all unfold. it is a privalage.
Ashley Morgan, 09 July 2019
Internal combustion engines will have a future but not for public transport as cars, busses. The big trucks, construction vehicles will have a future due to needed much and sustainable/continuous power (easily replaceable). None of the work can stop for a while and wait till recharge and/or none of the company wants to put/add a few more vehicles instead of one. If the hydrogen battery system improves as much as to replace the internal combustion, at that time, the end of the internal combustion engines comes. And, to obtain sufficient energy without petroleum, still impossible.
Yuksel Iskit, 11 July 2019
Yes I believe internal that the combustion engine still has a bright future. Electric Vehicles are superb for densely populated area's with short commute ranges and temperate climates. Electric Vehicles are not practical in colder climates and longer distances such as in the greater part of North America, Southern parts of South America and Northern regions of Europe and Asia. Battery capacities are greatly diminished by colder temperatures, a major drawback. The Hybrid Engines will most probably become the mainstay in these parts of the world.
Alex, 11 July 2019
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