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

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.


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Comments (8)

  • No current Tesla is actually faster that any current Aston (I’m talkin past like 80 mph) and EV’s aren’t necessarily faster, safer, or more reliable than their ICE counterparts.

      2 months ago
  • Absolutely spot on Daniel, drive what makes you feel good, and don't give

    a damn what other 'experts' think!

      15 days ago
  • Overall I liked what the author says here, but I disagree about the horse analogy. I find it very apt.

    Just like the Model T to the horse, a BEV is quicker, more comfortable, and lasts longer than an ICEV.

    A horse, Model T, Corolla, and BEV all get around a parking lot just as well as each other (actually, the horse would be best).

      2 months ago
    • True, but just because a Tesla Model S can do 0-60 in 2.1 seconds doesn't mean that it's significantly better in the real world. Sure it's fun to scare the living shit out of your friends, but at the end of the day both a BEV and an ICE car can do 70...

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        2 months ago
    • Actually, as huge a Tesla fan as I am, I expect the Taycan to handle noticeably better and luxury (including fit and finish) to be noticeably better. For double the price, everyone should expect some things to be better.

        2 months ago
  • Eventually people will see the wisdom in vehicles like the GMC Yukon hybrid and then maybe we can get back to living. You need a large vehicle to have battery capacity. You need to have the ability to generate a charge while traveling. You need to be able to plug in to the grid when practical.

    Put a small gas turbine connected to a generator in a vehicle like this. Provide motive drive via an electric motor. Turn the gas turbine for maximum efficiency and to run in a steady state when needed to top up the battery. Put a selective fuel control on it so that it will run on any selected fuel from vodka to jp4. Everyone can breathe easier.....the end.

      2 months ago