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"By 2070, the passenger road market could be nearly oil-free." That's the key line (for us, anyway) in a report out from Shell titled New Lens Scenarios. The oil giant is trying to understand the future (who isn't?) and to do that, it envisioned two possible futures, one called "Mountains" and the other "Oceans."

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"By 2070, the passenger road market could be nearly oil-free." That's the key line (for us, anyway) in a report out from Shell titled New Lens Scenarios. The oil giant is trying to understand the future (who isn't?) and to do that, it envisioned two possible futures, one called "Mountains" and the other "Oceans."

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Like resolutions and watered down drinks, the coming of the New Year is the time for industry predictions, and tech-research firm Pike Research didn't disappoint when it comes to what it says is in store for the electric-drive vehicle market for 2013.

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Making predictions is a dangerous business, especially if you are looking out past the immediate time horizon. Looking back at the Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines of the '50s and '60s you might think we'd all have airborne autos by now but no such luck. Even predictions about the next 5-10 years are exceedingly difficult to get right, especially when politics and technology mix. The key to successful prophecies, as Nostradamus or any psychic will tell you, is to keep everything v

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Automotive consumer site Cars.com has peered into its crystal ball and been analyzing exhaust smoke patters in order to claim what the latest and greatest technologies will be down the road (or down the air if we ever get the flying cars we've been promised). Its predictions include:

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