Leading the Charge

Electric Cars are Shocking the Automobile Market, Leaving Gas-Power in the Dust

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   Can you hear them? Probably not over the complaints of less than enthused members of the classic car community, or anyone who ever got to experience a $3 gallon of gas, but electric cars are silently taking over the automobile industry.

   Seven years ago, I remember watching the poor battery in my dad’s Ford C-Max Hybrid dwindle to nothing in a matter of 30 minutes. At the time, I never would have thought that electricity would become a reliable source of power for cars, let alone come close to dominating the roads.

   Yet now, some of the largest automobile producers like Ford, General Motors, Stellantis, and Toyota have taken considerable steps toward advancing their new lineups to sport the apparent beauty of electricity in the name of environmentalism, and quite simply to absorb the impact of shifting consumer preferences.

   Ford introduced their record-breaking Blue Oval Charge Network in 2019, which hosts a growing number of charging stations across America. GM announced recently that 40% of the company’s U.S. entries will be battery electric vehicles by 2025. They take their zero emissions goal seriously.

   Even our dads’ trucks are getting shocked by the electric revolution. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning and 2023 All-Electric Chevrolet Silverado will soon take the place of that old Ram in the driveway with a sketchy transmission and 20-gallon gas tank.

   While I do appreciate the quest for zero emissions in the near future, there have been concerns that producing electricity to charge these cars and producing the batteries themselves may create more carbon pollution than manufacturing a gas-powered car. It is a valid concern, but I’ll let the scientists hash this one out.

   I will miss the sound. The roar of the engine. Now I have two sound choices: between slight whirring and pumped-in audio, I don’t know which would make me less thrilled about my car.

   I do, in all respect, have to give the car companies a round of applause though. It is fascinating to see electric cars take such a hold on the public. Now we just sit back and watch—or listen—for what comes next.

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