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?
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- ToolGuy Seems pretty reasonable to me. (Sorry)
- Luke42 When I moved from Virginia to Illinois, the lack of vehicle safety inspections was a big deal to me. I thought it would be a big change.However, nobody drives around in an unsafe car when they have the money to get their car fixed and driving safely.Also, Virginia's inspection regimine only meant that a car was safe to drive one day a year.Having lived with and without automotive safety inspections, my confusion is that they don't really matter that much.What does matter is preventing poverty in your state, and Illinois' generally pro-union political climate does more for automotive safety (by ensuring fair wages for tradespeople) than ticketing poor people for not having enough money to maintain their cars.
- ToolGuy When you are pulled over for speeding, whether you are given a ticket or not should depend on how attractive you are.Source: My sister 😉
- Kcflyer What Toyota needs is a true full size body on frame suv to compete with the Expedition and Suburban and their badge engineered brethren. The new sequoia and LX are too compromised in capacity by their off road capabilities that most buyers will never use.
- ToolGuy Rock crushes scissors, scissors cut paper, paper covers rock, and drywall dents sheet metal.
The X Files told me I could Fight The Future.
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.