The enthusiast against the electric car

If you visit this site, there is a good chance that the car will appeal to you. Some of you are probably even enthusiasts or owners of a car where you have a memorable story to tell.

Even better, some of you have embarked on a career there that has turned your passion into a livelihood. At least that’s my reality, because like you, I’ve been a car fanatic since my childhood.

So. This switch to electric, let’s talk about it. How do you take it?

How to explain a passion?

A passion can manifest itself at any time in life. It is sometimes associated with very strong emotions associated with symbolic events. The passion will be amplified in the event that the individual will feel fulfilled and talented in it.

Going back to my most distant memories, it is to my father that I connect my passion for the car. Dad always had a car project of some sort. I remember his Ford EXP – yes a Ford EXP – powered by an Escort GT engine. Or his 1968 Cleveland 351 V8 Mustang that woke up the entire neighborhood when he started it. I loved his Dodge Stealth R / T, which he lent me for my prom in the summer of 2000.

The passion for the car is certainly expressed in beautiful memories, but basically it requires an interest in this field. For example, I appreciate the car for its construction, its design, the relationship between its performance and the laws of physics, its design, its marketing, and the emotions it conveys.

After all, if man only needed to get from point A to point B, we all rolled into square boxes, colorless and tasteless.

As emotional beings who need to feel valued, accepted and stimulated, we have developed a relationship with these machines so that they become social and emotional objects. This explains the large selection of models on the market, colors, shapes and prices.

We love the car because it has a personality, a shape, a smell and a sound. We appreciate the complexity of its mechanics, the hours spent trying to understand a malfunction, to finally adjust it so that everything works in the same synchrony as a clock.

The car allows us to escape, to run away, to dream. To seek elsewhere, if we are there, to transport our loved ones to the passions that also turn them on, or even to come to their rescue.

Finally, the car as we know it is very similar to the human. She has a face, a heart and organs. It requires oxygen, must be supplied with energy and responds to atmospheric changes. She breathes, talks, growls, vibrates and farts. The car is alive.

A relationship to essence

Some could therefore see the arrival of electrification as a threat to their passion. Electrification transforms the car into a highly digital object controlled by software and mostly externally.

No more mechanical freedom, noisy engines, the smell of gasoline and oil. Vibrations, engine settings, gearboxes, clutches, pistons and differentials. We’re throwing it all out the window.

In fact, the electric car completely changes our relationship with the car, this long love story that has lasted for more than a century and which has undergone a host of upheavals, such as wars, economic crises and pressure from environmental agencies. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly been the toughest test for this industry.

But despite my love and respect for mechanics, the more I discover new electrical models, the more I realize how my passion may very well continue without the presence of oil. In fact, I realize that what’s pretty threatened is not my relationship with the car. This is my relationship to the essence.

The difficult period

The times we go through remind me of the bad years in the American automotive industry, where vehicles were suffocated by emission control systems between 1973 and 1988. It took almost 20 years, until the early 1990s, for builders to eventually overcoming challenges associated with restrictions.

In other words, we are going through a difficult period in the development of the electric car. We have to make compromises, like waiting at a charging station or traveling shorter distances in the winter, for example. We do not like that there is no sound, no feeling when driving it.

But all of this is only temporary because, as technology has shown us in the past, sooner or later a new technological patent will emerge that will have solved these problems.

Customize your passion

This week, I drive a Jaguar I-PACE, a high-performance luxury SUV that is attractive and competitive despite its young age. Sure, it’s not cheap – my copy was over $ 100,000 – but it looks good, it’s handling, could smash a Ford Mustang GT in a drag race, and best of all, it’s fun to drive. !

I say to myself that its only fault is that it does not have the intoxicating sound like e.g. and V8 engine. But Jaguar has programmed it with a futuristic sound that I love. Everything is digital and fake. But it’s okay, because it’s fun!

My passion has therefore adapted to the other pleasures that the electric car provides: silent, precise in its behavior, high-tech and above all cheaper to operate.

That’s why when I got off this electric cat I saw one of my gasoline – powered cars, a 2006 MINI Cooper. I seriously wonder if I had more fun driving this Jaguar than in my old minoune, which I keep because of its “analog” “properties.

The answer is yes, because in the end, it’s just metal sheets. The electric car threatens absolutely nothing, except to make our civilization more energy efficient and, of course, less polluting.

I therefore welcome the arrival of electrification with open arms, because in addition to letting the car exist in a more sustainable world, I am sure it will continue to nurture enthusiasts for many years to come.

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