Tesla's Downfall Is Coming

Written by Ryan Stancil
Posted February 1, 2020

Whether you think about it or not, the trucking industry is one of the most important things in your life.

It brought you the food you ate for dinner.

It brought you the clothes you're wearing.

It even brought you the device you're reading this on now.

This $700 billion industry employs over 7 million people in this country, or nearly 6% of all full-time workers.

In many ways, it's the lifeblood of the American economy.

Without it, everything would grind to a halt. Supermarkets would run out of food. Manufacturing would stop completely. Raw materials from industries like farming and logging would go undelivered.

Fortunately, the likelihood of something affecting the industry on that level is low, but that doesn't mean a radical shift can't happen.

In fact, a massive change is coming to the trucking industry, and it's all thanks to an emerging technology.

The Race Is On

The amount of fuel used by the industry is north of 50 billion gallons per year. That's roughly 13% of the country's total fuel consumption. Even though the diesel fuel these big rigs use has been made more environmentally friendly, it still contributes vast amounts of carbon and particulate emissions purely because of how many trucks are on the road all day every day.

It's with that in mind that companies are looking for solutions to make trucks greener in a wider bid to cut emissions wherever possible.

Enter Elon Musk and Tesla.

Alongside the line of electric cars offered by Tesla, Elon Musk has long had plans to offer semi trucks that run on electric batteries. The first concepts appeared in 2017, with limited production being planned for near the end of this year.

And while Musk, in his role as the company's hype man, plays this up as a revolution in technology, he's already facing challengers before his trucks even get on the road.

Because there's a new technology that threatens electric vehicles. It does what electric batteries do, only more efficiently and at a lower cost. 

Putting Tesla in the Rear View

When talking about electric vehicles, supporters like to point out benefits like range and the fact that you save on gas. Instead of pulling into a gas station to fill your car, you plug it in and charge it like you would any standard electronic device. 

What they often leave out is that electric cars like Teslas can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours to fully charge. That all depends on the battery, of course, but do you really want to sit and wait for at least 30 minutes when you have places to be? 

If you said no, then this new technology, “Blue Gas”, has electric vehicles beat. A Blue Gas car can be refueled in about five minutes, the same amount of time as a car with a combustion engine. 

It’s the same story when it comes to range. 

Cars like those offered by Tesla boast ranges of 250-300 miles on a single charge. With Blue Gas cars, 300 miles is the low end of the range a driver will get. 

Knowing just those two facts, what do you think looks more appealing to the trucking industry? 

Time spent refueling trucks is money lost. Having to make more frequent stops to recharge a truck’s battery is money lost. 

Vehicle manufacturers understand this, which is why Blue Gas-powered trucks are entering the conversation before electric-powered trucks have even taken off.

It’s not something that electric vehicle supporters like Musk talk about. They know that once more people learn about Blue Gas, companies like Tesla will be left in the dust in this massive industry. 

So who is going to take Tesla out of the race?

Jimmy Mengel recently traveled to California asking that very same question. 

During his time there, he found a Blue Gas company whose technology will put it at the front of the transportation industry.

Learn the details here. You’ll see just how you can profit from this coming trend. The company's technology is already threatening Tesla’s lead when it comes to cars.

Trucks won't be far behind.

Keep your eyes open,

Ryan Stancil
Contributing Editor, Outsider Club

Ryan is an associate editor and regular contributor to Outsider Club. Since 2014, his articles have offered commentary on technology and geopolitics to help readers make sense of the constantly changing landscape and how it affects their investments.

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