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Is Shell’s Shocking Revelation Good News for Tesla?

Cats and dogs. Oil and water. Name any cliche about polar opposites and they have probably been used to compare the oil industry and electric vehicles. So, it seems almost impossible that an oil company would make the claim that electric vehicles will be the predominant transportation fuel, but Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A  ) is making that very claim.

Is Shell contemplating going into a new business? Are they playing some kind of Jedi mind trick on us?

Let’s take a look at some of the things that Shell is saying and see if it is making a compelling case to invest in Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) and the rest of the electric vehicle industry.

Admitting defeat, sort of…
This week Shell released what it calls the New Lens Scenarios, a report on what it sees as the future of energy over the next 50 years. Much of the report reads like you would expect from an oil company, but there were some very interesting tidbits that seem to go against what you would expect from a company like Shell. Probably the most glaring example was this little chart…

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