Why don't people switch to electric vehicles?

The Jaguar E-Type Zero Concept on display in the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London.  According to the V&A "Jaguar's decision to encase their electric future in the body of a speeding 1960s' sports car highlights the difficulties inherent in moving on from the dream of gasoline."

I work on very many automotive events and I have often asked people why they are slow to give up there internal combustion (IC) engined cars / bikes and switch to electric or another form of more sustainable transport I get a mixture of practical and emotional answers.   From an emotional point of view people:
1.  Like to hear the engine sound / some say purr of the engine
2.  Want to feel the level of machine response / viberation
3.  Feel good about the heritage / vintage of vehicles
4.  Even like the smell of burning fuel

Jaguar E-Type Zero Concept, on public display in the V&A’s Blavatnik Hall., Victoria & Albert Museum, London February 2020 (Sarah Kelleher)

Here are some other less emotional reasons based on a piece of recent research in the ' International Journal of Engine Research':
1.  The entire planet is linked by a massive transportation infrastructure that is largely based on the IC engine
2.  The have been dramatic advancements in IC engine technology reducing emissions and increasing efficiency
3.  There are still obstacles faced by proposed alternatives, such as electric vehicles such as a lack of charging infrastructure
4.  The impact of IC engines on climate change have become politically charged,

Read more here https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1468087419877990


  1. Thanks for sharing this informative post with us. You brought up some really great points in your article but I think over time the electric car is going to take over but not just yet. Have a great day.
    Greg Prosmushkin


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