Intel’s Grove calls for electric cars

A new debate about increasing US energy security, by reducing gasoline dependence, may be getting underway. Leading the move is Andy Grove, the man who made Intel into the leading global chip company. His key phrase, and the title for his 1996 book, was ‘Only the paranoid survive’. Now he is taking this approach into the energy sphere, commenting that the US may end up ‘starving to death economically’, if nothing is done to reduce US gasoline consumption.

Grove’s focus is on developing electric cars that can cover 40 miles (65km) before switching to gasoline. He is calling for 10 US million vehicles to be converted within 4 years. And he already has some powerful backers, in the shape of the big Silicon Valley venture capital firms who helped power Intel to its current $38bn of sales.

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Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. Paul is also an invited member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such as oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.

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