Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and see the great Baruthosaur. Really hit the ICE-apologist bingo card with this one. Shouldn't be surprised. If Baruth is writing anything, you can bet it's how EVs are killing something or those dreaded coastal elites are making us give up trucks. Get some new material, Jack. The vast majority of drivers in this country commute less than 40 miles a day, round trip. The vast majority of college students don't randomly drive 840 miles in a night. The vast majority of people who own truggghs don't actually use them for truck things. And surely a free-market capitalist like yourself (and I'm guessing the majority of readers here) believe in the system enough to know that when demand exists for something, the market will oblige. So retire all of your "ThE InFrAsTrUcTrE cAn'T hAnDlE iT" arguments because their time is limited. Doubly so when you look at fueling infrastructure for ICE cars.
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Should there be a distinction between people who see a vehicle as an inherently valuable item and those who see it as something akin to jewelry or decoration? I'd argue that people who intentionally make their cars /less/ functional (stance, bro-dozers, etc) aren't really automotive enthusiasts, but are more akin to something like bandwagoners. I say we'd be hard-pressed to argue that they're "car" enthusiasts when they seem to have no interest in highlighting or optimizing (or even maintaining) what makes a car a car. I don't think anyone would equate the person who spends hours work on their car, driving their car, caring for their car, and contributing to their local scene to the person who slaps a set of eBay coil overs and camber plates on their 05 Jetta for the social media clout. Surely Mr. Baruth can opine on the rising influence of social media clout on today's car culture...
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