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Will the electric car EVER ignite the soul?

Posted in driving, EcoLust, Economy Cars, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, Electronics, Emissions, Engines, Environment, Exotic Cars by MrAngry | September 23rd, 2010 | 5 Responses |

I was having a conversation with a buddy the other day and we began to speak about the future of electric cars. The conversation was not so much about would they succeed in today’s society, but more along the lines of would they ever ignite your soul. Just stop and think about that for a minute. If you’re a car guy or gal then one of the most important decisions that you’re going to make is what kind of car you drive. Now for some, a car is used as basic transportation and quite honestly it probably wouldn’t matter if you drove a Cavalier or rode a camel to work as long as you got there. For those of us though who are looking for more than that from our vehicle well then, buying a car can turn into a HUGE decision.

Tesla Roadster

Keep in mind that for some of us an automobile is not only a transportation device, but its also a time machine, a therapist and in its simplest form the cure for a bad day. To be all those things however this vehicle needs to have the capability of getting your blood pumping every time that garage door opens. It should excited you and make you feel like you’re taking a holiday as soon as you sit in the drivers seat. My problem with electric cars is that I simply can’t ever see them doing that for me. Take the Tesla Roadster for example. It’s all electric, looks great and goes 240 miles on a single charge. It’s also fast, handles great and does everything a modern day automobile should do. However to me, it’s still boring as all hell.

Nissan Leaf

So much of what makes a great automobile are the sounds that it produces. Ever hear the exhaust note of a Ferrari as it goes through the revs, or how about the whine of a supercharger as if forces fuel into the engine, or hell… maybe it’s just something as simple as the humming of an electric fuel pump that clicks on as soon as you turn the key. These are the sounds that get the heart racing, sounds that an electric car cannot, and will not ever be able to emulate. Don’t misunderstand me, I think there will be a place for electric cars, I’m just not sure if that place will ever be located in my garage.

The above Shell commercial is not only one of the greatest ads ever created, but it illustrates perfectly exactly what I’m talking about in the above paragraphs.

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  1. Jim says:

    I believe so. And taking away the sound will open up more possibilities sensually. Since you won’t be hearing sounds you’ll focus on other senses like feel more. Just like a deaf person. You’ll be more in tune with the acceleration forces, the feel of the steering wheel as it goes in corners, you’ll visually notice more. You’re brain will adjust to a lack of sound and allow more for processing other sensual cues. That’s why people who are missing a sense (not common, the other ones) will develop they’re other senses better. Like a blind person will have exceptional hearing, deaf will develop better smell. So if you have fine tuned senses, it will be different. You’ll FEEL the car more. Now that will be welcomed by car enthusiasts right? Plus the torque “curve” on a performance electric is not even describable.

  2. Set says:

    There’s something about the rhythm and tune of an engine that reaches you like any kind of music. Eric Clapton knows this when he talked Ferrari into putting a V12 into his 458 Italia. There is something primal about an engine. The whining of an electric motor will never come close.

    And, as an aside, Superchargers force air, not fuel, into an engine. You may be able to argue an air/fuel mixture, but I call shenanigans. Your fuel pump is the one forcing the fuel. And yes I’m sure you know this, I’m just giving you a hard time. Haha

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