One hundred years ago, there were over 600 automobile makers in the U.S. alone. With war and economic depression, America weeded out most of those companies and kept three major staples along with some others.
Over the century, we have seen the rise and fall of many car companies, but gasoline and diesel's staple remained as the primary source of fuel.
Flash forward to 2021, and we see something similar to what we saw over 100 years ago. The rise and fall of car companies, only this time they are following a different trend.
"Cars evolve along with the society they mirror." Heather Updegraff
I found this quote from a pressroom release on the Toyota website. It struck me in a way that has changed the way I think of the future of the personal and commercial automobile.
Electric cars were not new back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. People preferred them over a gasoline counterpart, but due to the availability of oil gasoline and the "limitations of the time" regarding battery technology, internal combustion won.
Once gasoline vehicles seemed viable and could be mass-produced, every entrepreneur wanted in. Bicycle companies, sewing machine companies, and many others joined in the fast-moving trend.
Soon, nearly 2000 car companies formed before world war I. Everyone wanted to make an automobile. The run for money was short-lived once the crash happened and the U.S. fell into the depression.
As society changed, so did the car. It evolved for decades with the ebb and flow of what the consumers wanted. Now 100 years later, we see a similar trend.
The Electric Car Is The New Gas Car Of Old
Tesla Motors, have you ever heard of them? Have you heard of Nikola, Envoy, Hyliion, Ztractor, Lucid, Nio, Revel, or Romeo Power? The list does go on, but I will stop there.
What is crazy is how all of these car compies one century later are almost mimicking what happened previously in history.
While not all of them are car manufactures, they are all in the EV space and doing something with it. Cadillac initially was revolutionary because of the electric starter motor we all use today in gas cars.
The electric car craze is not slowing down but picking up. As more people see the viability of the EV created in part by Elon Musk, companies are now seeing that competing is the only way forward.
I say Elon Musk is like Henry Ford because of what he is doing in society. He is following a similar proven pattern of success that Ford paved back over 100 years ago.
The long and short of this story is that we are in for a wild ride with EV. Battery tech that was not available a century ago.
My question is, what are we in for now, and what can we expect in the world if this is indeed history repeating itself.
That is all for today. Thank you for reading; I look forward to seeing you in the next article.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporters.