Dune... Yup, I know we don't use much oil for electric generation. Its mostly coal and gas. But those are fossil fuels also, and even though we may have decades yet they will also peak and decline eventually. As to the energy use.. a typical gasoline engine converts, what , 25% or less of the fuels energy into work rihgt? Ok, so an electic motor can be potentially 90% efficient. Plus the gains of regenerative braking, etc. But to that efficiency you have to subtract losses in transmission and battery charging. And then there is the power plant... what the efficnecy of a typical gas power plant... maybe 40 - 50% ? Overall I agree the electric has an edge but I dont think its huge. As to coal. Yup we have all we need for now. But when we start having trouble securing enough oil and there are not enough electric cars to go around what do you think the next best option will be? Im betting we will turn to CTL. I don't think ethanol will scale up without putting major pressure on the food supply and there is precedent for countries with oil shortages turning to CTL (south africa, etc).