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Sandy Munro made a speech to EV investors that searched the past to show why electric cars will rule the future. It is just a matter of time.
Combustion-engined vehicles are doomed because they rely on oil, a limited resource that will eventually end. Electric cars will take their place not solely because of that, but also because using all the oil on the planet would be an environmental tragedy. Sandy Munro made a speech for EV investors that shows that, but he goes further. The engineer revisited the past to show how electric cars are the future of transportation.
Munro started his speech by mentioning how men moved around on foot before realizing they could use animals to get places faster. When the combustion-engined vehicle was invented, it made mankind trade horses for machines. Pollution, believe it or not, was a major drive for the change.
We also mentioned that on September 1, 2019, when we discussed an article that claimed car advertising should be banned like cigarette propaganda was – as if transportation was not a major human need. We used that discussion to remember José Luiz Vieira, who once wrote Londoners had multiple respiratory problems due to horse manure back in the 19th century.
Munro brought that story back with an interesting image from the British newspaper The Times from 1894. The headline was that London streets would be buried under nine feet of manure in 50 years. What prevented that from happening was the automobile.
Right at its beginning, people could buy electric or combustion-engined cars. The latter had a massive handicap: getting their engines started. People often broke their arms or died trying to do so with huge cranks until Charles Kettering invented the electric starter. Ironically, that invention helped kill early electric cars by making ICE vehicles easier to use. Range differences did the rest.
With the push for electric cars Tesla and Nissan initiated more recently, combustion-engined cars will fade away for the same reasons carriages and horses are not mainstream anymore. Electricity is a renewable asset, even if current…
Gustavo Henrique Ruffo
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