Electric Cars Are Creeping Into the Market — How Will We Adapt?
Wow — what a difference a year can make. In the last several months the automotive landscape has changed drastically. Ford unveiled an electric Mustang at the SEMA Show, announced an electric crossover called the Mustang Mach-E shortly thereafter, and Elon Musk unveiled his company’s first pickup truck. General Motors had shifted its workforce around, unveiled electric motor transplant kits at SEMA, and have announced the death of the Chevy Cruze and Impala, Buick Regal — as well as a few others, including the CTS, Cadillac’s halo sport sedan since 2003.
This past year has been a wild ride, and some are wondering what the new decade will bring. I’m no futurist and I don’t have a crystal ball laying around my shop anywhere, but it’s safe to say that the industry, as a whole, is about to change quite rapidly. First, General Motors is taking the electric vehicle (EV) very seriously. In fact, they had announced earlier in the year that by 2030, but probably sooner, everything rolling off of their assembly lines will be fully-electric. To put it clearly, that means no more gasoline or diesel powered vehicles from anything in their lineup. While some insiders say that will be only limited to the everyday, mass-produced vehicles, with the exception being the high-performance vehicles, I’m not so sure.
Electric Pony Cars, the Mustang Crossover EV, the Death of the Sedan and… Cybertruck
Rumors of the Camaro dying (again) have surfaced, but the source based this prediction off of the prolonging of the current 6th-generation car. Apparently, the seventh-generation Camaro was set to be unleashed around the 2021-22 model year, but General Motors had extended the run into 2023. Any plans for the seventh-generation car was subsequently put on hold. The same source essentially suggested that the Camaro would die entirely after 2023, but in recent weeks, it’s become widespread again that the 7th-gen is indeed back on, but now it will be fully-electric.
This isn’t the first time Chevrolet has dabbled with an electric Camaro, with the e-COPO from the 2018 SEMA Show, nor is it the first time they’ve built an electric car. However, while I’m happy that the Camaro will live on, I’m not so sure how I feel about an electric Camaro. Or Mustang. Or an electric crossover SUV with “Mustang” written on it.
Speaking of, the response that vehicle has garnered hasn’t exactly been positive, with only a few exceptions that I’ve seen or read. Apparently, Ford plans to expand the Mustang family by adding the EV SUV, bearing the galloping horse and featuring the Mustang name. The general consensus of your average enthusiast is, that while the 469hp GT version is great, the car would have been better off had it been called simply, the Mach-E, without the actual Mustang name and nomenclature attached to it.
I agree, but me thinks Ford had intentionally done this for two reasons; one, it would set the internet on fire, creating millions in free publicity, and two, they’re using this particular vehicle to help pave the way for an electric pony car. For several years, automakers were doing everything they could to get their model’s MPGs up as high as possible, while creating impressive performance. Hence, the twin-turbo V6 Ford GT supercar — a departure from the original, large-bore, fuel guzzling, V8 monsters of yore. But now that electric and lithium battery technology has greatly improved in the last decade, we’re seeing a shift towards EVs in a big way.