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Accelerated Obsolescence

• Eric Peters Autos

Indeed, it is.

GM just gave anyone thinking about buying a current model year not-electric GM car a very good reason to think twice. Not for political reasons – as a protest against GM's decision to participate in the force-feeding of electric cars down the American gullet – but rather for financial reasons.

Would you buy something really expensive that its manufacturer just announced it won't be making anymore in the not-so-distant future? Something it considers obsolete  . . . and "dirty"?

threat to public health?

All new cars lose value over time as they accrue miles and wear – and transition into being old cars. This is depreciation. But what happens to the value of a car that you know ahead of time will have a lot less and perhaps no value at all within a short period of time?

Including social value?

Electric cars are being deified the same as "mask" wearing and jabbing – all of them bundled together as evidence of goodness while not-electric cars and declining the "mask" and the jab are being framed as indices of badness.

Just as it's hard to eat out or even go shopping without "masking" it is probable that by 2035 – possibly,, sooner – it will be hard to drive if you don't plug in.

2035 is actually a lot closer to now than 14 years from now – in car terms.

It is already 2022 – in model year terms – even though it is only a month into 2021, the calendar year. The car industry is putting the finishing touches on the 2023 and 2024 models right now; these will be making their debuts at press events and so on within the next 12-24 months.


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