Like I posted else where this is a very emotional topic for us enthusiasts.
Between the web and the emotional thinking many people really do not have a real idea what is going on and why anymore.
Yes this started due to the government emissions and mileage regulations. But along the way automakers are seeing the economic to this where they will be able to keep cost down and cars more profitable vs chasing ICE to keep it viable.
As any automotive engineer and they will tell you that the costs of continued ICE development is off the charts. Just look at the price we pay for cars today and how much technology is required just to get a 3 cylinder to pass muster,
With electronics they are seeing cost drop dramatically and they can see the goals of lower cost and faster charging with good range will be possible in the near future.
To the automakers this is about survival not saving the planet.
We are also past the time where we could vote in someone to change the regulations. Automakers have to plan 10-20 years out today not 4-8 years between elections.
This is not a fad anymore and this is not going to go away. This is not going to happen over night but it will be changing and things like recycled batteries and grid issues will be resolved over this transition time.
I suspect in the end the EV models will be much cheaper and people will choose by their wallets. Today to most people under 50 cars are just transportation not a status symbols as they once were.
We do need to get serious about protecting our hobby before the things we need to support it are gone.
Folks we here are enthusiast. We will resist this but the trouble is we are a very small group when it comes to being car buyers anymore.
The average buyers are looking for affordable, safe and utility in their cars and they don’t care what powers it. That is why most vehicles today are 4 cylinders after decades of v8 engines.
In the next 1o to 20 years the EV models will become cheaper, faster charging and more what they are looking for.
And like boiling frogs they will slowly turn up the heat and people will buy the, with out any thought. The younger the buyer the more likely they will be attracted to it.
Thank you for the reminder that time marches on. Something I think a lot of people miss is that those "Little 4 bangers" are putting out over 120+ naturally asperated horses from the factory from less than 100 cubic inches. A 300+ cubic inch V8 from the 80's is a 140 horsepower joke, a bad one played on customers, compared to a 2 Liter four cylinder of today.
As we can see with the previous post. Like I said this is an emotional issue.
Just reading down this on both sides are some truths, and some well will call it miss information.
No matter where you stand on this the fact is if you are under 70 years odds are good you will be faces with dealing with this change over in some way.
I recommend for both sides to really read up and use care on what you read as there is a lot of false information out there. Keep up with the laws and the regulations to best understand what is coming.
It is already too late to change the new car market unless something catastrophic comes about. But it is not too late to protect the collector and classic car segments. It will get tougher for us as it already has. Just trying to get good oil for flat tappet cams is not easy. But we need to protect the hobby.
But please be civil and be honest with what is going on as parroting lies and miss information only makes things tougher moving forward.
This is only one of a number of challenges the hobby will see.