《经济学人20170812封面文章》- 内燃机之很

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这期的题目是 –
The death of the internal combustion engine
It had a good run. But the end is in sight for the machine that changed
the world
摩托之老
他现已辉煌,但这就变更世界的机,末路已经模糊不清

“HUMAN inventiveness…has still not found a mechanical process to replace
horses as the propulsion for vehicles,” lamented Le Petit Journal, a
French newspaper, in December 1893. Its answer was to organise the
Paris-Rouen race for horseless carriages, held the following July. The
102 entrants included vehicles powered by steam, petrol, electricity,
compressed air and hydraulics. Only 21 qualified for the 126km (78-mile)
race, which attracted huge crowds. The clear winner was the internal
combustion engine. Over the next century it would go on to power
industry and change the world.
“以人类的创立力…居然至今还非找到会取代马匹推动车辆的艺术”,
1893年12月,一下法国之报纸“小日报”遗憾的评论道。这是对过年7月设的打巴黎暨鲁昂的非马拉车比赛,102各类参赛车辆,通过蒸汽,汽油,电力,压缩空气及水力等等提供动力。最后只出21部成功之完结了126公里(78英里)的比赛,收到群众衷心的喝彩。内燃机是妇孺皆知的赢家,在下个世纪他为工业提供动力,并转移了社会风气

The big end
But its days are numbered. Rapid gains in battery technology favour
electric motors instead . In Paris in 1894 not a single electric car
made it to the starting line, partly because they needed
battery-replacement stations every 30km or so. Today’s electric cars,
powered by lithium-ion batteries, can do much better. The Chevy Bolt has
a range of 383km; Tesla fans recently drove a Model S more than 1,000km
on a single charge. UBS, a bank, reckons the “total cost of ownership”
of an electric car will reach parity with a petrol one next year—albeit
at a loss to its manufacturer. It optimistically predicts electric
vehicles will make up 14% of global car sales by 2025, up from 1% today.
Others have more modest forecasts, but are hurriedly revising them
upwards as batteries get cheaper and better—the cost per kilowatt-hour
has fallen from $1,000 in 2010 to $130-200 today. Regulations are
tightening, too. Last month Britain joined a lengthening list of
electric-only countries, saying that all new cars must be zero-emission
by 2050.
豪华的谢幕
内燃机已时日无多。电池科技之快速发展反倒被电动机受惠不丢。1894年底巴黎从不一样部电动车驶出从跑线,部分因即是以各级三十公里要出一个基站来换电池。现如今底电动车,通过锂电池续航表现而好极多。雪佛兰Blot可以跑383公里。特斯拉底粉最近经过平等差充电,就把Model
S开了超1000公里。UBS银行代表,电动车的“总有资产”明年即可跟汽油车持平,尽管开发商依然是亏损的状态。它怪开朗的预计,到2025年,电动车的销售占据汽车销售的完全比例会自兹之1%涨至14%。其他人的预测相对保守,但也道随车电池更廉价和迅速,每千瓦时的工本都起2010年之1000美金降到今日的130-200美金。监管方现在呢越严厉。上个月英国投入禁燃油汽车国家集体,表示至2050年前有的新车必须兑现零排放

The shift from fuel and pistons to batteries and electric motors is
unlikely to take that long. The first death rattles of the internal
combustion engine are already reverberating around the world—and many of
the consequences will be welcome.
打燃油和活塞到电池及电动机的连可能无见面生出多久。内燃机的第一信誉丧钟已经于世界范围外响起,随之而来的拿会晤是无数深受丁愿意看到的影响

To gauge what lies ahead, think how the internal combustion engine has
shaped modern life. The rich world was rebuilt for motor vehicles, with
huge investments in road networks and the invention of suburbia, along
with shopping malls and drive-through restaurants. Roughly 85% of
American workers commute by car. Carmaking was also a generator of
economic development and the expansion of the middle class, in post-war
America and elsewhere. There are now about 1bn cars on the road, almost
all powered by fossil fuels. Though most of them sit idle, America’s car
and lorry engines can produce ten times as much energy as its power
stations. The internal combustion engine is the mightiest motor in
history.
倘若扣清前方有啊在等着咱,就要考虑内燃机是哪改变现代生之。
富裕国家以汽车要重建,大力投资建造公路网,城郊随之诞生,还有购物为主,和汽车餐厅。大概85%的美国工用汽车来通勤。汽车制造业为是事半功倍前行的推进器并扩张了中产阶级的部队。无论是战后之美国可能其他地方都是这么。现在旅途大约发生10亿辆车,几乎整个凡依赖化石燃料推进。尽管它大部分且处停止的状态,美国的汽车与卡车引擎依旧可以生发电厂10加倍的能。内燃机是历史及当之无愧最为强大的动力机械

But electrification has thrown the car industry into turmoil. Its best
brands are founded on their engineering heritage—especially in Germany.
Compared with existing vehicles, electric cars are much simpler and have
fewer parts; they are more like computers on wheels. That means they
need fewer people to assemble them and fewer subsidiary systems from
specialist suppliers. Carworkers at factories that do not make electric
cars are worried that they could be for the chop. With less to go wrong,
the market for maintenance and spare parts will shrink. While today’s
carmakers grapple with their costly legacy of old factories and swollen
workforces, new entrants will be unencumbered. Premium brands may be
able to stand out through styling and handling, but low-margin,
mass-market carmakers will have to compete chiefly on cost.
可电力化给全汽车工业带动荡不安。最好之品牌都是起在他们的工程技术传承之上,尤其是德国。相对于现有的车,电动车要简单多而且组件为不见得差不多,它重如是劫持在轮上之计算机。同时也意味可以用更不见的口来组装,以及更少之标准帮助系统。在那些休生产电动车工厂里,
工人担心他们或许会见被裁掉。随着故障的缩减,保养和配件市场吧会见衰退。当前底汽车制造商被遗留下来的老旧的工厂和重重的劳力所裹挟,新的参与者可未曾这些负责。高端品牌或许可以靠造型与操控依旧精彩纷呈,但是低利润率的大众化汽车制造商还只能靠资金控制来参与竞争

Assuming, of course, that people want to own cars at all. Electric
propulsion, along with ride-hailing and self-driving technology, could
mean that ownership is largely replaced by “transport as a service”, in
which fleets of cars offer rides on demand. On the most extreme
estimates, that could shrink the industry by as much as 90%. Lots of
shared, self-driving electric cars would let cities replace car parks
(up to 24% of the area in some places) with new housing, and let people
commute from far away as they sleep—suburbanisation in reverse.
我们只要,没错,人们想如果具备汽车。电力推动,伴随在打车服务与机关开技能,也许意味着有汽车会让“交通便服务”所取代,汽车只是在需要时提供出行服务。在极度极致的设想下,整个汽车行业规模会浓缩90%。
许多共享的无人驾驶电车可以吃都市将停车场(也有些地方停车场可以占及24%之面积)改成为新的居室,人们可告一段落的又远,在上下班路上睡觉,城市郊区化的方向一下子倒了还原

Even without a shift to safe, self-driving vehicles, electric propulsion
will offer enormous environmental and health benefits. Charging car
batteries from central power stations is more efficient than burning
fuel in separate engines. Existing electric cars reduce carbon emissions
by 54% compared with petrol-powered ones, according to America’s
National Resources Defence Council. That figure will rise as electric
cars become more efficient and grid-generation becomes greener. Local
air pollution will fall, too. The World Health Organisation says that it
is the single largest environmental health risk, with outdoor air
pollution contributing to 3.7m deaths a year. One study found that car
emissions kill 53,000 Americans each year, against 34,000 who die in
traffic accidents.
即便抛开安全与电动驾驶无弹,电力推进以环保与正规方面的好处吧是大妈的。给汽车电池充电要比引擎燃油高效的大多。根据美国国家资源保护委员会之传道,目前底电动车可以较汽油车减少54%底碳排放。这个数额就电动车的越来越快捷和电池组的越来越环保会转移得还强。本地的空气污染也会见减轻。世界卫生组织表示室外空气污染是不过酷之环境健康杀手,每年导致370万口亡。一宗研究发现,汽车排放每年会招致53000叫美国总人口去世,而好让交通问题的也只是出34000人口

Autos and autocracies
And then there is oil. Roughly two-thirds of oil consumption in America
is on the roads, and a fair amount of the rest uses up the by-products
of refining crude oil to make petrol and diesel. The oil industry is
divided about when to expect peak demand; Royal Dutch Shell says that it
could be little more than a decade away. The prospect will weigh on
prices long before then. Because nobody wants to be left with useless
oil in the ground, there will be a dearth of new investment, especially
in new, high-cost areas such as the Arctic. By contrast, producers such
as Saudi Arabia, with vast reserves that can be tapped cheaply, will be
under pressure to get pumping before it is too late: the Middle East
will still matter, but a lot less than it did. Although there will still
be a market for natural gas, which will help generate power for all
those electric cars, volatile oil prices will strain countries that
depend on hydrocarbon revenues to fill the national coffers. When
volumes fall, the adjustment will be fraught, particularly where the
struggle for power has long been about controlling oil wealth. In
countries such as Angola and Nigeria where oil has often been a curse,
the diffusion of economic clout may bring immense benefits.
汽车及独裁
说到原油,
在美国大概三分之二的原油都花于公路及。剩下的为来相当一些为用来加工那些提炼汽油与柴油的副产品。石油产业对急需何时见顶产生了矛盾。荷兰皇壳牌认为至少还有10年。在那之前前景将见面在乎价格。因为无人感念为甩在后头,地里养一堆放没因此底原油。新的投资以见面供不应求,尤其是那些采油成本大之地方,比如北极圈。相反的,那些产油国比如沙特,储备丰富而且开采成本没有,将见面坐日子压力使不久开采。中东还是重要,但较从以前就是衰老。虽说天然气市场仍然是,好用来拉电动车充电,不安静之油价还会给那些靠在碳氢化合物收入来搪塞国家开支的国度鸭梨山好。当需要下滑时,调整之长河叫人焦虑,尤其是那些圈在石油控制权来进展权力斗争的国家。在有国家例如是安哥拉与尼日利亚,石油都变为平等栽诅咒。这种对经济的打击或反倒是个老之利好。

Meanwhile, a scramble for lithium is under way. The price of lithium
carbonate has risen from $4,000 a tonne in 2011 to more than $14,000.
Demand for cobalt and rare-earth elements for electric motors is also
soaring. Lithium is used not just to power cars: utilities want giant
batteries to store energy when demand is slack and release it as it
peaks. Will all this make lithium-rich Chile the new Saudi Arabia? Not
exactly, because electric cars do not consume it; old lithium-ion
batteries from cars can be reused in power grids, and then recycled.
再就是,锂的价钱起攀升。碳酸锂的价钱由2011年的4000美元一吨及现行越1万4千美金,对于电动机需要之钴和稀土的需吗在疯长。锂不光被用来叫车提供动力:电力公司想只要巨型电池以便在电力需求不多的时段存储电力,然后在用电高峰期时释放。这会给锂存储量丰富的智利改为下一个沙特阿拉伯么?应该不顶会,因为电动车并无直消耗锂,车上旧的锂电池可以当电网里再使用,然后回收

The internal combustion engine has had a good run—and could still
dominate shipping and aviation for decades to come. But on land electric
motors will soon offer freedom and convenience more cheaply and cleanly.
As the switch to electric cars reverses the trend in the rich world
towards falling electricity consumption, policymakers will need to help,
by ensuring that there is enough generating capacity—in spite of many
countries’ broken system of regulation. They may need to be the midwives
to new rules and standards for public recharging stations, and the
recycling of batteries, rare-earth motors and other components in “urban
mines”. And they will have to cope with the turmoil as old factory jobs
disappear.
内燃机已然辉煌,而且依然可以统治航运和航空业几十年。但以陆上上,电动机很快即可等效双重廉价和重新环保之计供自由和便利。向电动车的过渡会让当前发达国家发电量下降的取向有扭转,决策者可能得帮忙确保有足的发电能力,尽管不少国家的监管并无到家。他们要也官充电站的建,电池,稀土电机等另外“城市矿山”部件的回收等等推行新的国策和业内。他们也不得不承诺针对本来工厂倒闭所带动的失业问题

Driverless electric cars in the 21st century are likely to improve the
world in profound and unexpected ways, just as vehicles powered by
internal combustion engines did in the 20th. But it will be a bumpy
road. Buckle up.
碰巧使内燃机汽车以20世纪所举行的那样,21世纪之无人驾驶电动车将会见盖深远的还无法预料的不二法门有助于社会风气之提高。但前路坎坷,还需要小心。

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