The electric car enthusiast

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

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

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

How to explain a passion?

A passion can manifest at any time in life. Sometimes it is linked to very strong emotions linked to symbolic events. Passion will be reinforced if the individual feels fulfilled and talented in it.

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

A passion for the automobile is certainly manifested in beautiful memories, but fundamentally requires an interest in this area. For example, I appreciate the automobile for its engineering, its design, the relationship of its performance to the laws of physics, its design, its marketing, and the emotions it conveys.

Because after all, if the human only needed to get from point A to point B, we’d all be rolling around in colorless, tasteless, square boxes.

Being emotional beings who need to feel valued, accepted and stimulated, we develop a relationship with these machines to the point of making them social and emotional objects. This explains the wide variety of models on the market, colors, shapes and prices.

We love the car because it has personality, shape, smell and sound. We appreciate the complexity of its mechanics, the hours spent trying to understand a malfunction, to finally fine-tuning it so that everything works in clockwork synchronicity.

The car allows us to run away, run away, dream. Look elsewhere if we are there, transport our loved ones to the passions that also ignite them, or even go to their rescue.

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

A relationship with the essence

Some might 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, most of the time, remotely.

No more mechanical freedom, noisy engines, smell of gasoline and oil. Vibrations, engine tuning, gearboxes, clutches, pistons and differentials. We threw everything out the window.

In fact, the electric car completely changes our relationship with the automobile, this long love story that lasts more than a century and has gone through a multitude of upheavals, such as wars, economic crises and pressures 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 electric models, the more I realize how my passion can very well persist without the presence of oil. In fact, I realize that what is most threatened is not my relationship with the car. This is my relationship with essence.

the hard period

The times we are living in remind me of the bad years of the American auto industry, when vehicles were smothered by emission control systems between 1973 and 1988. It took nearly 20 years, until the early 1990s, for construction companies finally overcome the challenges associated with the restrictions.

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

But all this is only temporary because, as engineering has shown us in the past, sooner or later it will come up with a new technological patent that will solve these problems.

adapt your passion

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

I tell myself its only flaw is that it doesn’t have the heady sound of a V8 engine, for example. But Jaguar programmed it with a futuristic sound that I love. Everything is digital and fake. But that’s okay, because it’s fun!

My passion thus adapted to the other pleasures provided by the electric car: silent, precise in its handling, highly technological and, above all, less expensive to operate.

It was, therefore, upon disembarking from this electric feline that I observed one of my petrol-powered cars, a 2006 MINI Cooper. “properties.

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

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

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