Plus, the point wasn't to assert moral superiority, but rather to point out that nostalgia goggles tend to conveniently hide the unsightly elements of the past.
It'd be nice for these self-proclaimed globalist elites to latch on to something that isn't an obvious failure. I mean, a quick back-of-the-envelope will tell you that an IC engine burning gasoline wins in just about every utility metric you can come up for a personal automobile (buses and trucks are a whole other matter). Yet they're declared the Wave of The Future (TM) by the Davos set.
Oh really? So what does IC do better than electric exactly? I can't think of anything aside from range and refueling. Maintenance is far cheaper and easier on electric. Fuel costs are dramatically lower. Comfort is the same. Security is the same, or better for EVs thanks to the battery pack acting as structure. Sound goes either way (some want the noise, some love the silence). Performance is arguably better for EVs (lower top speed, but still much higher than you'd ever use, and insane acceleration). Space is a net win for EVs due to the lack of a large engine block.
So again, where is this landslide you speak of? All I see is a single concern that's not all that relevant in day-to-day use and which will become progressively less important as battery tech improves.
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