A look to the future of our personal mobility. After more than a century of ruling the roads, the oil industry is starting to lose its dominance over the auto industry.
This hour, experts from the oil, electric and auto industries explore the future of the internal combustion engine, and the prospects for renewable fuels, new technologies, and robotic and electric cars.
China and Europe are moving quickly to increase their supply of electric cars, and get drivers into them.
Catherine Reheis-Boyd from the petroleum industry says we've made major changes in auto fuels, including eliminating lead, getting sulfur out of diesel, and making them less carbon-intensive. So she believes there will be greatly increased efficiency as well. But she says "we will have the internal combustion engine for quite some time."
Caroline Choi from the electric power industry says it won't be long before there is an electrified version of every car automakers offer.
Andreas Klugescheid of BMW says the future of the automobile is a complex situation, with many different costs and benefits to consider between gas and electrified cars.
He also suggests that autonomous or robotic cars will reduce casualties in traffic, and said "autonomous driving is first and foremost about saving lives."
Greg Dalton hosts the conversation for the Commonwealth Club of California's "Climate One" series. His guests were:
Caroline Choi, senior vice president of regulatory affairs at Southern California Edison.
Andreas Klugescheid, head of steering government and external affairs, sustainability communications, BMW Group.
Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president, Western States Petroleum Association.