Electric vehicles now outsell cars with manual transmissions in the US
That's right: in the third quarter of 2019, electric vehicles outsold manual transmissions, as Driving.ca reports, citing numbers compiled by J.D. Power research.
For the past few years manufacturers have been offering less and less manual transmissions; with some like Ferrari and Lamborghini ditching them all together. And when it comes to new vehicles leaving dealer lots, cars powered purely by electricity are now officially less of a novelty than ones with clutch pedals. And with EV sales steadily rising and manuals on the decline, this is the first time such a thing has happened in over a century.
Here’s what Tyson Jominy, Vice President of Automotive Data & Analytics Consulting at J.D. Power, told Driving.ca in an email:
"[Manual transmissions] have been on a nearly century-long decline and while no rational person thinks the trend will ever reverse, it was interesting to note that only this year, after nearly a decade in market, EVs were able to surpass last century’s dying technology."
So, if like me you're not ready to see manual transmissions go the way of the Titanic you should probably hurry up and buy one already.