Why the elderly are going to love the electric revolution

      If you can't wait for cars to fall into silence, it may be a sign that you're old! Here's why...

      2y ago

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      For those who have pledged allegiance to the Gods of petroleum, the electric revolution is a source of great dread. It is a transition that will signify the extermination of everything that’s formed the basis of automotive passion for decades, and the start of a silent, soulless future. Dread it as I do however, there is one particular demographic that the electric revolution can’t come soon enough for.

      Credit: Nissan

      Credit: Nissan

      Even more so than environmentalists and battery manufacturers, it’s the elderly who are going to find the most solace from the coming of the electric revolution. Not because it’ll deny them the potential to accidentally wash their windscreen in petrol; not because the electric car will help older drivers lose the “clutch riders” nickname; but because they’ll simply find the silence enables them to enjoy Antiques Roadshow more peacefully without the risk of revving interruption.

      This fact dawned on me a couple of weeks ago upon visiting my grandparents. Their house sits on the main flightpath from the local Lamborghini dealership. With a 4-way main junction with traffic lights sitting nearby, drivers of all cars tend to see this as an invitation to launch their cars like they’re at Santa Pod - something which is especially true of the countless Lamborghinis that come thundering passed.

      Credit: Tesla

      Credit: Tesla

      As I was sat talking to my grandparents and a couple of aunts and uncles who were present, the violent growl of an Aventador’s V12 filled the room. Imbuing me to inhale sharply in delight, a smile began to grow on my face - just as the balloon of pleasure was burst with the pin of everybody else’s reality.

      “They ought to ban those bloody things!” said my Nan, shaking her head disapprovingly. In conjunction with causing my chin to descend in shock, this statement resulted in everybody else in the room confirming their agreement with her.

      Credit: Renault

      Credit: Renault

      “Bloody scum, people who like that racket!” exclaimed my one uncle. This tone of conversation continued, with people ricocheting between varying insults directed at the cars themselves and the people who like them. Despite my best efforts at defending the supercar’s honour, it fell on ears hostile towards opinions that aren’t theirs. The elderly, aye? Can’t beat ‘em. What a shame.

      This made me realise my original point. When the world’s cars surrender to silence, the elderly - which will probably be the millennial generation - won’t have to worry about their house being filled with the sound of horsepower. They’ll be able to play Grand Theft Auto XV, watch Justin Bieber’s 70th birthday concert on their virtual reality contact lens, and not once will 3 seconds of their day be ruined by someone who dares to have fun.

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      Comments (37)

      • Nobody really likes noisy cars. The people driving them do, but everyone else just finds it annoying.

          2 years ago
        • "Nobody"

          James I think you should think about that, there are even loud car competitions on the other side of the puddle between Great Britain and America, hell even in My country we have noise competitions to see which car sounds better,...

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            2 years ago
        • Apart from car-loving children, that is. And people who share a similar mental age. Thanks for commenting James 😃

            2 years ago
      • No matter where you go to seek silence and solitude, some moron with a Harley, a Mustang or a jacked up truck will seek you out and ruin the day with their unnecessarily loud exhaust systems.

          2 years ago
      • Grumpy old people don't like the noise... But...

        I can't wait for ev cars as well.

        As a mode of transportation to work or shop of anything else equaly dramatic, I just want the least amount of stress and time spent in the car. Tesla with the autopilot would be perfect.

        But then, when I just feel like driving, aimlessly, I'd take the 1969 427cu Corvette. EVs will be the great liberators of fun cars, as the demand for fuel goes down, so will the prices

          2 years ago
        • I get what you mean. If the EV takes over as a workhorse, in an ideal world, that could save the internal combustion sports car for recreational purposes. I guess we'll just have to keep our fingers and toes crossed.

            2 years ago
        • Exactly. The vast majority of drivers don’t give a toss about cars, and EVs will improve things for those of us who do.

            2 years ago
      • This is why i drive a subaru with a 3 inch decatted exhaust. Let me sing you the song of my people. Honda's though...

          2 years ago
      • I like EVs as a idea but I don't believe they are the future. But for old people they are perfect since they you know are a bit grumpy sometimes 😂

          2 years ago

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