What’s Actually New In The Electric Car World? This is an interesting article that I just came across. It and the included links do a good job of presenting the concerns that I have respecting the transition to EVs and what could happen if it goes too quickly. People outside of the auto industry don't always fully appreciate the astounding mass of investment that exists in these conventional drive trains and what we could be losing if we have a massive consumer adoption. While the transition is both necessary and arguably overdue, there is an enormous risk to the economies of the North America and Europe. Our economies, still, are heavily intertwined with the auto industry. And, with the exception of the drive train, virtually everything in a car is built by companies other than the automakers - and much of it is imported. With the death of the ICE, we could be Kodak-ing our single largest industry, and rendering the lifetime skill set of millions of engineers, technologists and workers obsolete. I have serious doubts that the traditional makers will have the capacity to re-invent themselves so quickly. Historically a step shift in technology in a large industry means that old players are replaced by new and that the old wither and die, simply because the old players are huge and can't adapt quickly enough. And certainly the signs are all pointing that direction. If that happens in the first world, we can expect an economic bombshell. I'm not arguing against EVs. Again they're necessary and, I think, inevitable. But, looking forward, our political leaders should be doing absolutely everything that they can to support Tesla and others. They may well be the phoenix that rises from the ashes of the 20th century auto industry.