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Clipping from Magazines, Blogs, TV interviews and other news where Tony Seba is mentioned, or quotes from his work are used as a reference.

Is society prepared for technology disruption?

Investors would do well to listen to a talk by Tony Seba titled ‘Clean Disruption — Energy & Transportation’. It provides a peek into the future for developments in the fields of energy and transportation, and how these are set to disrupt several industries.

by J MULRAJ, , 2017

The age of ‘stranded assets’ isn’t just about climate change: James Saft

Tony Seba, lays out a more radical case, in which the convergence of the use of autonomous and electric vehicles absolutely eviscerates huge swaths of the sunk costs of industries from energy to automobiles.

by James Saft, , 2017

The age of “stranded assets” isn´t just about climate change: James Saft

A May report from think tank RethinkX, founded by Stanford economist Tony Seba, lays out a more radical case, in which the convergence of the use of autonomous and electric vehicles absolutely eviscerates huge swaths of the sunk costs of industries from energy to automobiles.

by REUTERS, , 2017

Electric cars to account for all new vehicle sales in Europe by 2035

Tony Seba, an economist who has published research on the cars, said: “Our findings clearly indicate that essentially all vehicle miles travelled will be electric by 2040 [worldwide].

by , , 2017

It’s here! *

Seba believes traditional auto makers will either become assemblers of Electric Vehicles (EVs) or make the transition to being Transportation-as-a Service (TaaS) providers.

by Ralph Maraj, , 2017

France to ban cars using dirty diesel and polluting petrol

Tony Seba told The GuardianFrance’s move wasn’t actually all that revolutionary.

“Banning sales of diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2040 is a bit like banning sales of horses for road transportation by 2040: there won’t be any to ban.”

by Dan Satherley, , 2017

Canada Racing Down The Wrong Track

Tony Seba offers a summary of the accelerating transformation of shared, electric, increasingly autonomous, Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS) now underway.

by Danielle Park, , 2017

Tipping Points and Tesla’s battery dilemma

Tony Seba’s excellent You Tube video, Clean Disruption – Why Energy & Transportation will be obsolete by 2030 – (Oslo, March 2016), covers the concept of tipping points and expands on the concept of our society being on the cusp of a revolution in energy and transportation.

by Alf Stewart,, 2017

Tony Seba: Major industries such as energy and transportation will undergo a complete “disruption” by the year 2030

Major industries such as energy and transportation will undergo a complete “disruption” by the year 2030, Mr. Tony Seba told guests of the Pacific Council and the Korea Foundation during his keynote address at the SeouLA Forum on March 31 in downtown Los Angeles.

by SolarPV.TV , 2017

Bravo For Clean Disruptions-Tony Seba Guiding Us Through Clean Disruptions

Tony Seba demonstrates “Why do smart people at smart organizations consistently fail to anticipate or lead market disruptions?”

by  26, 2017

Univerzitní profesor Tony Seba předpovídá velkou revoluci. Auta na fosilní paliva skončí do 8 let

Profesor ekonomiky ze Stanfordské univerzity Tony Seba v nové studii předpovídá rychlý pád potřeby ropy a zmizení automobilů na fosilní paliva do osmi let.

by  26, 2017

The electric and autonomous disruption

One of the more adventurous speaker choices at this year’s Nor-Shipping exhibition and conference was serial entrepreneur and transportation futurist Tony Seba. Here we present an edited version of his discussion on the nature of disruption and how electric and automated vehicles will bring radical change to markets both on land and at sea.

by  27, 2017

Pulling Out Of Car Ownership

Is car ownership going the way of the horse and buggy? We’ll look at how ride sharing and driverless cars are turning the way we move.

by WBRU  23, 2017

TaaS and the future disruptions of transportation

Tony Seba believes that the need for most people to own vehicles will disappear once autonomous, electric vehicles are approved for highway use.

by Brian Straight 23, 2017

Banks see electric car industry revving up and ushering in an energy fortune

The US bank expects global EV sales to reach one billion annually by 2050, pulling ahead of internal combustion engines. The switch could take place much faster. A widely-cited report by Tony Seba and James Arbib at think tank RethinkX argues it will make no sense to make fossil-fuel driven cars, trucks, buses, or tractors within a decade.

by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard 22, 2017

2030?Really?

“Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030,” published by RethinkX, updates and amplifies concepts from Mr.Seba’s 2014 book Clean Disruption.

 by Charles Morris 16, 2017

Car dealerships could be out of business in a decade, says report

The authors of the report, Stanford University economist Tony Seba and technology investor James Arbib, argue that while electric cars may be comparatively expensive right now, in the long run they will be cheaper to operate than their gas-powered equivalents.

by Dylan McCullough 15, 2017

Electric vehicles will soon be cheaper than regular cars because maintenance costs are lower, says Tony Seba

Electric vehicle (EV) performance has been improving so quickly and prices have been falling so fast that the internal combustion engine (ICE) wouldn’t be able to compete for much longer.

by Leslie Shaffer 14, 2017

Watch Tony Seba’s Address After Receiving Clean Energy Action’s 10TH Anniversary Sunshine Award!

We at CEA could think of no one more deserving of this honor than Mr. Tony Seba. As the author of several books, including Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation and Solar Trillions, as an educator at Stanford University, and as a leader in business and technology, Tony Seba exemplifies the qualities we seek to recognize with this award.

by  13, 2017

Clean Energy Action and CU Boulder host author Tony Seba

Clean Energy Action and the University of Colorado Environmental Center on Thursday are welcoming Tony Seba, an author, renewable energy entrepreneur and recipient of the 2017 Clean Energy Action Sunshine Award.

by Charlie Brennan 13, 2017

Analista Tony Seba a PANORAMA: “El petróleo caerá a 25 dólares y no se recuperará”

Tony Seba conversó con PANORAMA sobre el futuro de las fuentes de energías tradicionales. Pronostica que el uso del “oro negro” no será el mismo ante la llegada de las nuevas tecnologías como los carros eléctricos, vehículos autónomos y servicios como Uber.

by Rafael Gómez Torres 13, 2017

LETTER: ‘Energy dinosaurs’ seek profits over climate and people’s lives

Tony Seba, in a recent lecture “Clean Disruption”, shows how inexorable economics will render fossil and nuclear energy sources obsolete in the very near future.

by Edmund Haffmans 10, 2017

Honda’s future electric cars will let you sleep while they drive on their own

Futurist Tony Seba predicted that technological advancements will lessen our dependency on petroleum products to fuel vehicles.

by BT Online 09, 2017

End of the road for car ownership? It starts with AAA’s car-sharing

According to  Tony Seba, transportation as a service could reduce private vehicle ownership by 80 percent by 2030. Millennial trends show us that, from 1983 to 2014, licensed rates dropped by 16 percent for 20- to 24 year-olds, and 30 percent of millennials do not plan to purchase a vehicle in the near future.

by Michael Joe Murphy 08, 2017

Clean Energy Action and CU Boulder host author Tony Seba

Clean Energy Action and the University of Colorado Environmental Center on Thursday are welcoming Tony Seba, an author, renewable energy entrepreneur and recipient of the 2017 Clean Energy Action Sunshine Award. Seba was described by Clean Energy Action as a “regenerative economy visionary”.

by Charlie Brennan 07, 2017

Self-Driving Cars Could Radically Improve the World in a Few Short Years

(…) In short, “TaaS will dramatically lower transportation costs; increase mobility and access to jobs, education and health care (especially for those restricted in today’s model, like elderly and the disabled); create trillions of dollars in consumer surplus; and contribute to cleaner, safer and more walkable communities,” RethinkX writes.

by Gus Lubin 04, 2017

Trump’s climate jobs talk unfounded

Tony Seba doesn’t think so. Seba is the author of “Clean Disruption,” a book about the ongoing changes in energy and transportation systems due to the increasing scale and decreasing cost of renewable energy systems and electric vehicles. He predicts that by 2030, 95 percent of miles driven by Americans won’t be covered in private cars. (…)

The reason: EVs will be both better and cheaper than ICE vehicles, and their all-in marginal costs per ride will be vastly lower, since instead of sitting around at the curb most of the day doing nothing whilst their owners are in the office, EVs will be almost constantly in service during the daytime, picking up and dropping off customers.

By 2025, batteries will be better and cheaper, fast-recharging posts will be ubiquitous, and cars will be self-driving.

by Nils Zimmermann 02, 2017

Tony Seba: Norway must do the math: If you can’t compete at $25 a barrel, you are out!

Tony Seba: Oil demand will peak in 2020 and disruption in the transportation sector will take away 30 million barrels per day from oil demand over the next decade. Oil more expensive than $25 a barrel will be uneconomic and stranded.

by Henrik Tveter 1, 2017

The linear, incremental growth of electric vehicles predicted by some analysts might be wrong. “This is not an energy transition,” says James Arbib, a London-based venture investor who co-authored the Rethinking Transporation report with serial entrepreneur and author Tony Seba. “This is a technology disruption. And technology disruptions happen in S-curves. They happen much more quickly.”

Arbib and Seba saw that policymakers and others tend to make decisions without understanding how exponential change happens, and founded a new nonprofit, RethinkX, to study those disruptions. The transportation report is their first.

by Adele PetersMay 30, 2017

95 Percent People Will Not Own Cars In 15 Years
Seba said, “By 2030, you probably won’t own a car, but you may get a free trip with your morning coffee. Transport-As-A-Service (TaaS) will use only electric vehicles and will upend two trillion dollar industries.”

He added, “It’s the death spiral for cars (and the oil industry). We are on the cusp of one of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation in history. But there is nothing magical about it. This is driven by the economics.”

by  Sukesh SuvarnaMay 23, 2017

Disruption Creates Winners And Losers

Seba, who specializes in clean energy as well as disruptive technologies, and who got some fame when he predicted the solar boom early on, believes that the coming autonomous EV boom will lead to three key shifts in several affected industries.

May 22, 2017

95% people won’t own cars in 15 years, says top disruption guru

Tony Seba, a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and an instructor in Entrepreneurship, Disruption and Clean Energy at Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program, says that by 2030, 95% of people won’t own private cars which will wipe off the automobile industry.

May 22, 2017

Prepare to be Disrupted!

If you’re in the energy business or the auto industry, Tony Seba has some bad news for you. Many of your companies are about to go the way of Kodak, Xerox, and Blockbuster.

For Seba and co-author James Arbib, it’s not a single technology that instigates major disruption, but the convergence of technologies and in the case of transportation, it’s the coming together of electric vehicles, autonomous driving, and shared services.

May 22, 2017

पेट्रोल और डीजल से चलने वाली गाड़ियां 8 सालों में हो जाएंगी गायब: स्टडी

May 22, 2017

Nutson’s Weekly Automotive News Digest May 15-21, 2017: GM Leaves; A Nutty Professor; Dieseling; Camry Succumbs To RAV-4; Autonomous; Instant Bridge And More

This is the futuristic forecast by Stanford University economist Tony Seba. Prof Seba’s premise is that people will stop driving altogether. Really!

May 21, 2017

Petrol And Diesel Cars Will Vanish In 8 Years: Study

Tony Seba, thinks that the global oil business will end as soon as 2030. In less than a decade consumers will find it difficult to search for petrol pumps, spares and even mechanics who have the knowledge of internal combustion engines.

May 21, 2017

Can Zoe spark the big switch?

Seba predicts that by 2030, 95% of American car miles will be driven in autonomous electric vehicles (EVs).

May 21, 2017

It’s electric! Petrol vehicles could go off roads in 8 years

Car dealerships and petrol stations are expected to disappear by 2024, according to the study by Stanford economist Tony Seba.

May 20, 2017

“By 2030, 95% Of Consumers In The World Won’t Own A Car”

May 20, 2017

China’s BYD has overtaken Tesla in the battery and electric car business

Tony Seba: “We are on the cusp of one of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation in history”:

May 19, 2017

GST: Highest Rate For Hybrids, Electric Vehicles Get Tax Incentive

Tony Seba forecast that sales of vehicles running on fossil fuels will completely stop by 2030.

May 19, 2017

Week in Review: Can India Meet Its Ambitious Goals for Renewables and Steel?

 May 19, 2017

Major Disruption Coming, “Decimating” Entire Industries, Says New Report

Tony Seba of RethinkX in their latest thought-provoking report, “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030,” looking at the power of technological disruptions and why this next one will have profound social and economic impacts far beyond what mainstream analysts and policymakers expect.

 May 17, 2017

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”Eldrivlinan är otroligt mycket mer kraftfull. Bensin- och dieselbilarna kan omöjligen konkurrera”, säger Tony Seba.

 May 16, 2017

Fuel-powered cars ‘will not be manufactured after 2024’ says report

, May 16, 2017

Expert believes consumers will ditch their cars by 2030

“The interesting thing is that it is going to happen for economic reasons, the market is going to make it happen,” said market disruption expert Tony Seba.

, May 16, 2017

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Oil Prices As Little As 4 Years From Collapse Amid Historic Shift In Transport: Report

“We are on the cusp of one of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation in history,” begins the report from Tony Seba, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and lecturer in entrepreneurship, disruption and clean energy at Stanford.

, May 16, 2017

Report: la fine delle auto a combustibile fossile entro il 2030

Entro il 2030 nessuna auto, camion, od altro mezzo di trasporto sarà più venduto a benzina o diesel: è quanto prevede un un report dell’economista della Stanford University, Tony Seba.

 May 15, 2017

We Are on Cusp of ‘Deepest, Most Consequential Disruption of Transportation in History’

According to Seba in his report, “Rethinking Transportation”, the “TaaS disruption will have enormous implications across the transportation and oil industries, decimating entire portions of their value chains, causing oil demand and prices to plummet, and destroying trillions of dollars in investor value — but also creating trillions of dollars in new business opportunities, consumer surplus and GDP growth.”

, May 15, 2017

FUEL-FREE IN 2025 Petrol and diesel cars ‘will disappear from the roads within eight years as drivers go electric’

Professor Tony Seba thinks that all vehicles will be electric by 2025 and that people will stop driving altogether

, May 15, 2017

Electricity Is the Big Future Winner for Cars, Even Small Planes

Tony Seba, co-founder of RethinkX and co-author of the report, said that mainstream analysts are not yet on board with the changes, which will rock the automobile, oil and electric industries. They have not understood the impact of technological convergence, he said.

, May 11, 2017

Why only 20% of Americans will own a car in 2030, saving $1 trillion in transportation costs

According to Tony Seba private car ownership of cars will drop 80 percent by 2030 in the U.S., as drivers increasingly turn to ride-sharing and autonomous cars to get them where they want to go, a new study suggest.

 Riley McDermid, May 5, 2017

Driverless, shared electric cars way of the future – report

Driverless, shared electric cars way of the future report was written for an international study center, RethinkX, by Tony Seba, a Stanford University academic and James Arbib, a London energy expert.

Eric Frykberg, May 5, 2017

Self-driving electric vehicles to make car ownership vanish

“Mainstream talk about self-driving cars suggests the big transformation could still be decades out, but it’s time to adjust our thinking,” says Tony Seba, co-author with James Arbib of “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the ICE Vehicle and Oil Industries.”

 May 4, 2017

The Robot Revolution Will Take Your Car, Your Mom’s Car, and All the Oil in 13 Years

A new report by Tony Seba says self-driving electric vehicle fleets are poised to replace individual cars sooner than we think.

Nafeez Ahmed, May 4, 2017

The $5,600 Reason Car-Sharing Will Take Over the World

Tony Seba, RethinkX co-founder and co-author of the paper, tells Inverse. “They would give the transportation away for free to consume in the car.”

 Mike Brown, May 4, 2017

“The hydrogen economy would be a massively wasteful economy ” Tony Seba, Stanford – Objectif Terre | Effi-Sciences | Au nom de la Mère

“The hydrogen economy would be a massively wasteful economy that would at best use three to six times more energy than an electric vehicle and solar/wind infrastructure and many times more water than even gasoline uses.”

 Electric Ecosystem, April 11, 2017

“The hydrogen economy would be a massively wasteful economy ” Tony Seba, Stanford – Objectif Terre | Effi-Sciences | Au nom de la Mère

“The hydrogen economy would be a massively wasteful economy that would at best use three to six times more energy than an electric vehicle and solar/wind infrastructure and many times more water than even gasoline uses.”

 Electric Ecosystem, April 11, 2017

Seba at SeouLA: Major Industries Will Be Disrupted by 2030

Major industries such as energy and transportation will undergo a complete “disruption” by the year 2030, Mr. Tony Seba told guests of the Pacific Council and the Korea Foundation during his keynote address at the SeouLA Forum on March 31 in downtown Los Angeles.

 Pacific Council, April 6, 2017

Tony Seba: All new vehicles, globally, will be electric by 2030

All new road vehicles—buses, cars, vans, trucks etc—will be entirely electric by 2030.

 Sami Grover, January 3, 2017

Trump, Dark Money, and Shifting Consciousness

In spite of the Trump administration’s effort to reverse the course of history by undoing environmental regulation, the price of renewable energy is falling rapidly and transforming the energy markets as we speak. Solar power is now the cheapest form of energy in 58 countries, including in China, India, and Brazil. Solar power is predicted to be the lowest-cost energy option in almost all parts of the world in less than a decade. Stanford’s Tony Seba predicts that the centralized system of fossil-fuel-based energy generation will be all but over by 2030, in 13 years from now. This is about the same amount of time the transition from using horses to the widespread use of cars took in the early twentieth century.

 The Huffington Post, March 31, 2017

Could  Fuels And Conventional Cars Be Obsolete By 2030?

 Tony Seba has famously predicted that the centralized system of fossil fuel-based energy generation will be all but over by 2030.

 John G Johnston, March 9, 2017

Will Fossil Fuels And Conventional Cars Be Obsolete By 2030?

Tony Seba predicts that the industrial era of centralized fossil-fuel based energy production and transportation will be all over by 2030.

BY The Huffington Post; February 23, 2017

More people in Seattle walking, using transit to get to work

Tony Seba predicts that cities like Seattle will experience a dramatic shift in car ownership and use. He says that people will ditch their cars in favor or ridesharing and other options.

BY DYER OXLEY; February 10, 2017

El recambio energético que se viene

Tony Seba explica de forma plausible que, en sólo 15 años y sin ninguna intervención mayor del Estado, toda la energía que consumiría la humanidad sería renovable (“Clean disruption of energy and transportation”, 2014).

Por Luis M. Rotaeche; 06 DE FEBRERO  DE 2017

The ‘Game-Changing’ Chevy Bolt and the Race for the EV Market

Tony Seba, instructor of entrepreneurship at Stanford University, foresees the end of the gasoline-powered car and estimates that “all new mass-market vehicles will be electric” by 2030.

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Trump’s Despotically Dispensed ‘Truth’ Doomed by Reality

 According to energy expert Tony Seba, storage battery costs are falling so fast that no new peaker plants will be built after 2020 and existing ones will quickly become stranded assets.
By Mitchell Anderson; February 9, 2017

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and renewable energy

Coal and nuclear are energy sources of the last century. Tony Seba presentation, given to the Nordic Energy Summit in 2016, shows the future, with huge opportunities and potential benefit for us all, notably in our country with such renewable energy potential.

By Geoff  Davies;  February 9, 2017

Current projections show that clean disruptions in energy and transportation in terms of solar energy and electric vehicles are already happening and will reach their tipping point in 2020, said Tony Seba, author of ‘Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation’ and speaker at the launch.
by Janice Ponce de Leon;  January 31, 2017

Tony Seba gives really compelling reasoning leading to his conclusions. The problem is that the rate of change he expected seems to have been off a bit. It appears that he was much too conservative, and change is going on much faster than he anticipated.
By  George Harvey; January 31, 2017

Why Seattle is one of the ‘worst cities’ for car ownership

As Tony Seba says, Seattle traffic will experience a dramatic change very soon. Also, people will give up the costs of buying cars, insurance and maintenance, and replace it with a smartphone app that will call up a ride at the touch of a button.

by Candy Harper; February 1, 2017

Tony Seba will be the keynote speaker at Nor-Shiping 2017 Event and globally renowned green energy champion Peggy Liu has been announced as the latest speaker along with some notorious participants such as moderators Parag Khanna, a global strategist and intellectual, and award winning BBC presenter and journalist Nisha Pillai.
by MaruneLink  January 19, 2017
#NorShipping2017 #PeggyLiu #ParagKhanna #NishaPillai

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