What's Wrong With This Picture: Yesterday's Future Today Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Well, Lear’s vapor turbine never ended up being built in the millions by 1975… but the prediction that electric cars would be best for taxis, delivery vehicles, or a family’s second car for commuting and shopping seems to be coming true. Oh, and we all know how the lead or no-lead fuel debate worked out. But with mass-market electric cars getting closer to reality every day, it’s fun to look back at where we once thought technology might be going. This copy of “Cars of the Future” certainly doesn’t fail to entertain on that count.

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  • Joe_thousandaire Joe_thousandaire on Mar 31, 2010

    I'll take the steam powered car, one that runs on coal. That would be the only thing that makes more sense that running cars on electricity, made from coal-fired plants, in order to 'help the environment'.

    • MidLifeCelica MidLifeCelica on Mar 31, 2010

      This reminds me of something I read here yesterday - "The Nissan Leaf is the first all-electric zero-emissions automobile..", and my first reaction was "Yeah, this the the first car that causes emissions when you're NOT driving it...". Unles you're getting all your juice from solar/wind/hydroelectric, I suppose.

  • Shaker Shaker on Mar 31, 2010

    Electricity can be made cleanly, we just need the political will (heh) to make it so.

  • Scott Miata for the win.
  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X On a list of things to spend my time and money on, doing an EV conversion on a used car is about ten millionth.
  • TheEndlessEnigma No, no I would/will not.
  • ChristianWimmer If I want an EV then I’ll buy an EV. For city use a small EV with a 200-300 km range (aka “should last for a week with A/C or heater usage”) is ideal. But I only have space for one daily driver and that daily driver also needs to be capable of comfortable long-distance cruising at high speeds and no current EV can do this without rapidly draining its battery charge.
  • SCE to AUX I prefer original, no matter what the car is. If the car has some value, then an electric drivetrain lowers its value. But if it's just a used car, why spend a fortune to install an electric drivetrain?