Sound is part of pure pleasure for millions of car lovers and almost everybody else for that matter. Some cars provide melodious symphonies (like Maserati).You loose the noise.
I agree with you on the sound augment. But, I think with electric performance vehicles you gain more than you loose. I can tell you how good it feels to drive around on basically free power. It's good for the earth and in the long run it will change the politics of world oil.Sound is part of pure pleasure for millions of car lovers and almost everybody else for that matter. Some cars provide melodious symphonies (like Maserati).
Losing the sound is a disgrace and goes against life pleasures IMO. If sound in the future comes only from a computer, then a regular ugly box on wheels could sound like a Ferrari or a Maserati. Another disgrace...
Thrills will lost and thrills will be gained. I'm sure great grandpa romanced having to crank start the Model T. And imagine if auto designs could be anything like the 30s-60s when they weren't worried about MPG, wind tunnels and hood design that wouldn't impale a pedestrian.It's progress. Not everything about it is warm and happy. And not everyone likes progress. But it's coming and it's inevitable. I don't believe there's going to be an electric substitute for the full experience of flooring a 450 horsepower gas engine (the feel, the sound, the sense of power) but there's no denying the potential of electric motors.
We've already seen what they can do, today, and their performance specs are increasing at a fast pace. Several top shelf petrol-powered auto companies have already started accepting this technology, even if only as part of a hybrid system for the moment. The announcement that Ferrari has switched their model naming convention away from displacement and toward kWh is not going to be huge surprise for many.
These electric cars that have a 30-40 mile range are pointless. This, and bad engineering is what killed the Fisker. You have to have close to 300 mile range with highway charging stations every 150 miles or so to make it work. When you try to combine both types of "motors" that's when it stops making much sense. Cars like the Volt may work for some who do not drive more than 35 miles each day but then you still have the petro motor to keep gas and oil in. These gas engines are a pacifier for range panic.If you saw the most recent American Top Gear episode (not my favorite show), they did an episode on electric vehicles. One of their first stunts was racing three electric cars against the new Camaro ZL1, 580 hp. The Camaro did the quarter mile in 12 + seconds and was soundly beaten by an electric version of the Ford F150 pickup truck (11.72 sec.) a Porsche 944 (11.05 sec.) and a dragster at 8.9 sec. In terms of immediate power delivered to the wheels and max torque, it's not really that close. However, what they didn't say is how much range those car batteries would have and how expensive it was to bring them to that performance level. I think on both counts, these were amazing performers but not practical for every day use.
I hope so and I am in fact optimistic as so many people with the means to buy one (V8 and big V6) should continue (more efficient engines of course): many people love power, wild sensations, magic sounds, it's human!! Wealth is rapidly being created around the world, increasing the potential too.The question is, will there always be the demand for V8 or larger, high performance engines? I think there will be, but it may become a much smaller niche market, as the public's perception about large, high output engines seems to be changing,
Such a disgrace! Yes to much more efficient engines, No to governments already imposing their dictatorial views on what consumers should do or not. Let's all be little, let's all be in the same mould, let's kill dreams and passions (penalties, ...).and in some parts of the world, are being discouraged or phased out as a percentage of total production.
Your emoticon suggests that you don't think battery range and performance will increase in the future? Are you suggesting the technology in its current form is tapped out. No more progress can be made? That's laughable on its face. That's like say computer processing power is not going to increase in the future. The more logical question is when does it advance to the point that it offers similar conveniences to gasoline and its broad distribution network. That could take some time.:laugh:
Your emoticon suggests that you don't think battery range and performance will increase in the future? Are you suggesting the technology in its current form is tapped out. No more progress can be made? That's laughable on its face. That's like say computer processing power is not going to increase in the future. The more logical question is when does it advance to the point that it offers similar conveniences to gasoline and its broad distribution network. That could take some time.
A decade seems about right. There have been intense efforts to cripple technological advancements in electric energy but those who've had the power to stall progress are themselves beginning to lose power (no pun intended) so changes they are a comin'.That's the interesting thing about technological break throughs. They are hard to predict and hard to envision. Give it a decade.