Anyone else notice that since Model S has hit the road, the proverbial "air has come out of the balloon" with regard to automotive TV ads?
Was just watching a commercial for the "All New" (as advertised) Ford Fusion, and thought WOW that thing is obsolete! They claim it to be "all new" yet at it's core it is century old technology (even in hybrid or plug in hybrid form it's decades old technology). There is "no there there" !! The only thing new about the car is it's sheet metal, and even that copies Aston Martin. All else has been around for most of my adult life.
As a result I don't even notice or care about any manufacturers TV or print media advertising as it is all just decades old rhetoric. I just don't care about ANY manufacturers ANYTHING! now that something better (Model S), has been introduced!
All ICE cars are now just dead players and merely something to bridge the gap until the needed economies of scale are reached in Electric Drive cars to make them affordable to the masses. It won't happen overnight, but I strongly feel we are looking at the beginning of the end of the ICE and Gasoline as the primary source of propulsion for "personal transportation".
Freight hauling and Semi trucks "diesel fuel" will likely live on longer as battery power would require much of the cargo carrying capability to be taken up by the weight of the battery pack. There may be fuel cell solutions?? or?? on the horizon for those applications as well.
Good Bye ICE and Gasoline and Good Riddance!!