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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.

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