There won’t be much to review when electric cars replace internal combustion-powered cars. If they replace them. Which will only happen if the government continues to force non-electric cars off the market while forcing EVs onto it.
That – and some kind of UBI/EBT card to subsidize the EV, which most people won’t buy unless someone else does that for them.
It is hard enough right now, given how homogenized most non-electric cars have become – also courtesy of the government, which forces them to fit the same “safety” and “mileage” (now confused – conflated – with “emissions”) template. It’s why the panels of a BMW look so much like a Hyundai’s – and vice-versa, too. It’s why the BMW and the Hyundai – and the VW and the Mazda and the Mercedes and the GM, too all have 2.0 liter four cylinder engines.
Some of you may remember when a given brand had not only different displacement engines but different types of engines, too. The funneling toward sameness (other than the brand and price) has happened because of the regulations, which largely define what ends up being designed. If the regs say a piece of wood must measure 2×4 you generally end up with nothing but 2x4s.
So people have been habituated to sameness. Whether deliberately intended or just an unhappy coincidence, this has made them ready for the electric car, which will bring sameness to a new level.
Other than size and output, can you tell the difference between one battery and another? How about one electric motor vs. another?
Does your internal combustion car’s starter motor turn you on?
Which is just the point. EVs are about many things not mentioned, one of them being to sever the emotional bond people once had with cars, which bond is based on their car not being the same as everyone else’s.
The ancient Ford vs. Chevy thing being an obvious for-instance. Ford guys revere their Ford V8s and consider them superior to Chevy’s V8s. And vice-versa. Both camps can claim superiority based on specific engineering and intangible differences, such as the the sounds made by these different engines.
Can you tell the difference – by sound or otherwise – between a DeWalt and a Makita drill? They both go whirrrrrrrr. Which is fine for drills because they are appliances and one generally doesn’t get emotionally attached to an appliance. Screwing drywall into place is a job – not something you look forward to, tell stories about (unless it went horribly wrong) or do just because.
No one waxes and polishes their cordless drill.
EVs are about making cars into appliances, all the same except for brand and power rating, etc. People will shop for them – using their EV EBT/UBI – in the same way they shop for washing machines.
Size, or color. Price, of course – though that will become a marginal consideration when people aren’t actually paying for their cars anymore – in the manner of the current EBT’er “shopping” for food using other people’s money.
It’s where we’re headed – though not many of us want to go there. That, of course, hardly matters – in the manner of what the cows are thinking about as they’re prodded off the truck, into the feed lot and – eventually – down the chute.
Where they all end up just the same.
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