The changing motoring world
It’s interesting to see how the world is changing around us, and how the various camps in the world of motoring are panning out.
First, there are the out-and-out petrolheads, people who have grown up around cars, who love the smell of high octane fuel and the roar of a V8 exhaust – and sometimes the screech of tyres, provided it isn’t in their neighbourhood!
Then there are those who like the look and feel of a fast car, but don’t care what sort of engine it’s got, whether it’s front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, so long as it makes them look good when they’re driving it.
The third class, if you like, is comprised of those who don’t care how fast the car goes, or pretty much how pretty or ugly it is, so long as it gets them from A to B safely and in reasonable comfort, while not using too much fuel.
There’s a fourth class, and it’s those who need any sort of transport they can afford, but would dearly love to have something better, safer, faster, and more economical.
And the fifth class, and one which seems to be growing (although many of them also fit into our “Class 3”) are those who are looking towards electric vehicles as a means to “green” the planet, and perhaps cut our reliance on fossil fuels.
This “Class 5” can be subdivided into three more categories.
There are the out-and-out “greenies” who believe they’ll save the planet if they drive an electric car or hybrid.
Next there are the early adopters, those who feel they should be at the cutting edge of technology, and who need the “latest and greatest” to convince others of this.
And finally there are the watchers. Those who keep close tabs on the new technology, often for its own sake, who are balanced and pragmatic about the advances being made, while also being aware of the pitfalls, and who will adopt electric motoring when or if it suits them, and their pocket.
Which are you?