Electric cars are the future, but gas cars don't have to go away
Gas cars don't have to be the horse of the 21st century
I don't like the people who go around comparing gasoline-powered cars to the horse, they aren't the same. A horse is fundamentally worse than a gasoline-powered vehicle in every way imaginable, it's slow, it shits, it eats, and then in 20 years, it drops dead. But when the Ford Model T came out, it was faster, more comfortable, and lasted a hell of a lot longer than any horse I've ever met.
Fast forward 110 years and the cheapest car on sale today can do well over 100 mph, and can in no way shape or form be compared to a horse. And this brings me neatly onto the topic of electric cars because while EVs are undoubtedly the future, they are not the Ford Model T of today.
Just think about it, if you were to put a horse onto a highway, it would likely be dead in 2 minutes, but if you were to put a gasoline-powered car on to a road full of electric vehicles, the old-school gas car would be just fine.
Sure your average gas-guzzler won't be nearly as fast, safe, or reliable as a new EV, but it won't be as bad as a horse. Because fundamentally, a Toyota Corolla and a 600 horsepower Tesla Model S perform the same exact function when traveling at 70 mph.
I'd actually say that in 30 years or so, internal combustion cars will perform much the same purpose that a mechanical watch serves today. They will be owned by enthusiasts who don't mind that their form of transport is worse and more expensive than the modern alternative.
Aston Martin Vantage V600
It's for those same reasons that people will spend $100,000 on a car, which is technically worse and more expensive than the readily-available modern alternative. Sure it doesn't make any sense; I mean, why buy a watch when I can just check my phone? And why buy an Aston Martin when a Tesla is faster and costs less?
Because it makes you feel good, and for many, that's all that matters.