big manufacturers are set to join the electric car fray, with the Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC, with the BMW Vision iNext concept expected to make production in 2021.
The other thing they have in common is that they’re all mid-sized, crossover-y SUV things, the vehicle bodystyle du jour, in the way that the four-door coupe (don’t even get me started on why I think it’s an absurd notion) was red-hot a decade ago.
At any rate, it’s almost a certainty that all the above cars will have good range, be decently quick, plus have enough room for the family, the luggage and the kitchen sink. Plus, they’ll also have some form of autonomous driving ability, because that’s what all the cool kids are doing these days.
Now, you’d be absolutely correct in saying the combination of an electric drivetrain and self-driving capabilities is terrible for the keen driver. But going by the proliferation of ride-sharing services and how little people these days see the need to even have a driving licence, let alone a car, the anti-car might just save the breed for the people who are actually interested in driving.
If carmakers sell more vehicles that people don’t drive, it’ll allow them to continue being in business. And being in business allows them to make more of the cars that petrolheads love. That is to say, cars with the monster V8 and V12 engines.
So there isn’t just hope for EVs, now that they’re semi-decent, but also for cars in general. And that can only be a good thing. Well, if you’re a car lover, at least.