QOTD: Are We Afraid of the Future?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
qotd are we afraid of the future

I was scrolling through Twitter to kill time during halftime of whatever football game I was watching the other day -- god, I watched so much football this weekend, not that you care -- and I came across this column from Motor Trend editor Angus MacKenzie.

In short, MacKenzie argues that American car enthusiasts are afraid of the future -- specifically, we're afraid that the internal-combustion engine is going to die and that EVs are going to be terribly boring appliances that generally aren't fun to drive. He goes on to argue that just because some current EVs aren't fun for enthusiasts, that doesn't mean the next generation won't be (for some reason, he doesn't mention current "fun to drive" EVs like the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT or the Kia EV6 GT). As evidence, he points out that he's seen future EV products at off-the-record press briefings and that these future products look great. He also mentions that hydrogen and fuel-cell tech isn't dead and that hydrogen could keep the ICE alive.

I was going to write an op-ed on this column since I agree with MacKenzie's overall thesis -- EVs don't have to be boring, and there will likely be enthusiast-oriented EVs on the market sooner rather than later. But after a few minutes of thought, I figured this topic is tailor-made for a QOTD.

So, I ask you -- are you scared that the automotive future will be filled with boring transport pods powered by electricity? Or are you excited that automakers are building cars like the EV6 GT? Do think, as I do, that the future EV-filled market will look a lot like the current one, where 80-90 percent of the vehicles are aimed at the consumer who could care less about horsepower and torque and fun but a certain percentage are aimed at enthusiasts?

Sound off below.

[Image: Kia]

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jan 05, 2023

    The X Files told me I could Fight The Future.

  • Bob65688581 Bob65688581 on Jan 09, 2023

    There's s-o-o-o much disinformation floating around... but the situation isn't really so complicated.

    EVs are different. Even daily-driver, go to the supermarket, EVs are rocketships when accelerating. But their state of charge must be managed more attentively than an ICE.


    Personally, I think that America's total acceptance of "cars everywhere, all the time" is unhealthy. Zillions of cookie-cutter suburban homes are not really the American dream. But is simultaneous with EVs rather than directly related.

  • Jeff S The Cybertruck is one of the most hyped vehicles in decades.
  • Nrd515 This is all I could think of seeing this. I saw it in the theater with my dad about 59 years or so ago:https://www.popcorncinemashow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Mr-Sardonicus-1961-01.jpg
  • Art Vandelay I have no illusions tha my Challenger was going to be a car I wanted to own 10 seconds out of warranty. Fun, sure. Fun in 8 years? Hard pass based on the 2 years I had it
  • ToolGuy Weren't some of the most powerful engines in the M4 Sherman air-cooled? (And supercharged.)
  • ToolGuy "I installed oil temp and cylinder head temp gauges on various vehicles I was driving, so I could monitor how the engine was doing. I switched from my normal 20W50 and dropped to 15W40 oil and put down thousands of miles. Within that time, I saw a noticeable decrease in oil temps and even cylinder head temps while driving in different situations."ToolGuy has great admiration for your use of the scientific method in conducting original research.