In the last ten years, fully electric sports cars have arrived on the scene and begun to win hearts. And new electric sports cars, like the next-generation Tesla Roadster, are on the horizon promising even more.
So it’s a good time to ask: How will the sports car industry as a whole be impacted by this trend?
Outlook for the 2020s: Electric Cars Are Winning Converts
As an industry segment, sports cars and their fans have begun gradually letting these new electric sports cars join the club. The outstanding performance of electric motors, and the process of generational change as younger demographics age into their prime buying power, are cementing these trends.
As we get further into the 2020s, and more electric cars come onto the market, this is going to become increasingly apparent.
But It’s Not a Case of “One or the Other”
However, fully electric sports cars are not going to replace traditional sports cars. Not by a long shot! That’s because sports cars, by their very nature, are status symbols. They’re meant to turn heads. They’re engineered and fine-tuned for over-the-top performance. And a lot of the fun of having a sports car comes down to the engine: being able to tweak the engine in your garage and building a close relationship with the engine when you’re on the road.
For Some, It’s All About the Engine
The internal combustion engine, especially at the level of power and precision of a sports car, is a thing of beauty. It is arguably one of humanity’s most impressive and important mechanical inventions. Anybody who has taken a car engine apart and put it back together can tell you how amazing it is that all these intricate parts work together in such harmony to transform what is literally a controlled explosion into a thrilling form of locomotion.
In contrast, fully electric sports cars don’t even have an engine. All of that complexity and subtlety just isn’t there. This means the internal combustion engine has an appeal that new electric sports cars can’t match. And anyone who loves working on a beautiful old muscle car, or loves the sound and smell and raw power of a combustion engine, is not going to be drawn away from that by the new electric sports cars on the horizon.
The Bottom Line: Both Old and New Are Here to Stay
New electric sports cars, with their extraordinary acceleration and sleek curves, will inevitably take their place alongside their gas-guzzling counterparts. There was a time not long ago when electric vehicles were seen as dinky, nerdy, and slow. Not anymore. Fully electric sports cars offer amazing performance. Even more importantly, they are symbols of an exciting new age of technological innovation ahead of us. They’re cool.
However, for the foreseeable future, there will continue to be a market for traditional, internal combustion sports cars as well. Because these cars are cool, too. As the 21st century comes to a close, sports cars will probably be some of the last internal combustion holdouts still on the road.
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