The fact of the matter is, electric cars cannot replace gas and diesel-powered cars.
Even Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, seems to agree. Many of us thought he would have driven about in boring, mundane eco-boxes such as Priuses, particularly before the Model S was released, but this isn’t the case.
While he likely has some sort of Tesla for everyday use, he also owns a Ford Model T and a Jaguar E-Type.
I own two gasoline cars. One is a Model T that a friend gave me and the other is a Series 1 '67 E-type Roadster. My first love.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 12, 2017
The Model T was gifted to Musk by a friend, while Musk bought the Jag himself. He describes it as his “first love.” despite its love of breaking down.
He has also owned many interesting cars in the past. His first car was a 1978 BMW 320i, a boring car by no means. Sadly, an intern at Zip2 crashed it.
He also had a McLaren F1, which he purchased after selling Zip2, which he crashed. He also had a Porsche 911 Turbo and a Hamman BMW, as well.
Here’s an interview (behind the wheel no less) in which he recalls those stories.
This goes to show that even those of us that are most confident in the electric car still have a love for the gas and diesel powered cars we have all come to love.
Electric cars cannot replace petrol and diesel cars, period. If the man most confident in the success in the electric car is having a love affair with exquisite gas-powered cars, there is no way that electric cars will take over the world.