Dave Mosher of Popular Science, or PopSci as the kids call it, took to YouTube to get something off of his chest. He is a Millennial… and he wants nothing to do with the cars of right now. Apparently, there is no automaker producing a product that he, or the generation he has decided to speak for, wants to buy. Per Mosher, his generation wants to ditch the driver’s seat, run on a national electric power grid to recharge a vehicle, and have said vehicle be offered up at an affordable price.
Click past the break to see what Mosher is going on about… and then keep reading for a rebuttal.
The fun part about this country is that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The fun part about owning your own automotive website is that you can dismiss the opinions of others and posit your own. I agree with Mosher on a few points, actually. I think it would be nice to have driverless cars that can recharge themselves on a grid network… in an urban environment. That way the Millennial who can’t look up from his iPhone 12 for 15 damn minutes won’t crash into me causing us both to take out the 15 fixie-riding hipsters who were hoping to get the good seat at Starbucks, where everyone can see that they’re hard at work on their book/screenplay/t-shirt company.
All of things that Mosher is asking for are already in development. These things take time so that the 2020 Skynet-equipped Prius you’re riding in doesn’t go all HAL on you and crash into the local Whole Foods. These things are also expensive to develop and implement. That cost has to be passed down to the consumer, which means the first run of cars that Mosher would actually buy will be rather pricey. He also says he doesn’t need a car with fancy electronics… when that’s exactly what he would be riding in. I stole that last line from my friend Nelson Ireson who wrote up a much better rebuttal to this video over at MotorAuthority, go check that out.
Mr. Mosher, I don’t think you’re crazy for wanting the type of vehicle you’ve described. I just think you’re crazy to think it can happen as easily as you believe. Additionally, don’t speak for all of us “Millennials” (eww, I can’t believe I am identifying as one) because a lot of us don’t just enjoy driving our cars… we love it. It’s a passion, and it’s not going to go away.
You can have my steering wheel when you pry it from my cold dead hands.