2050 is a long time to predict how Auto inductry will evolve.
My wild guess is that in another 20 years , We may have found an alternative to the earth itself - a place outside our mother earth where we can form new colonies to live .
So a migration of population will start and they will use the virgin resources at this new place so much so that we will not be totally dependent on the ever depleting oil reserves and their control by OPEC.
Using these new colonies outside earth we may be able to beam energy to our mother earth ( in what form I am not sure but it is likely to happen )
As far as finding the alternative source of energies is concerned then we are better of as we already have couple of them lined up but the big challenge is efficiency and storage. Right not these sources of energy cannot comptete with oil/gas due to many reason but soon that scenario will change.
Why do you think that this is a bunch of wild guesses? I honestly think that there is something true here. China is dominating the world in every sphere possible and it will only be a matter of time before they play the forefront role in automobile industry.
I recently read in one of Bill Gates's tweets that China has used more cement in the past three years than USA has used in the entire 20th century and 21st century. These are mind blowing statistics. It also had references to certain other unbelievable facts.
Maybe the design might not come from China but I am sure they will be the people to manufacture the design. There are a very few countries in the world that can compete with China's cost of labour. And by the 2050's they will be a superpower (they are still a great power) that everyone will turn in their direction whenever the world needs changing.
They won't take such a long time to find alternate sources of energy. My guess is, they will find alternate sources of energy and perfect them by the end of the 2020's. By the 2050's we will be mostly using sunlight and other renewable sources of energy that are more greener and cleaner.
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