Radically Designed Plug-In Vehicles to Become Future Classics?
Recently, Bloomberg posted an editorial on the death of design and the loss of personality in today’s automobiles.
While mostly truthful, some automobiles still have flair, some are even quirky in a way that only the tail-finned Cadillac DeVilles and boatail Buick Rivieras of the bygone era were. Oddly, those Cadillacs, Rivieras and other similarly odd-looking automobiles, are still mostly cherished for their radical designs today.
That brings us to the point of this post.
Most of the general public sees the Nissan LEAF as an outrageously quirky and, perhaps even goofy-looking vehicle. Likewise, the radically styled Fisker Karma sure stands out in a crowd. Other plug-in vehicles cry “I’m electric,” too. Even the Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid screams for attention.
It’s long been argued that more mainstream designed plug-in vehicles will boost sales. Though that’s likely true, some of those mainstreamed plug-ins will be forgotten as soon as production ends.
Vic Doolan, a longtime auto industry executive, told Bloomberg that electric vehicle technology will likely lend itself well to outrageous future design:
“We’ll see designs that stir both the passion of a six-year-old boy and a 60-year-old boy.”
So, while the ho-hum styling of the Honda Accord PHEV or Toyota RAV4 EV will never be remembered, funkier vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and even the Fisker Karma will most likely, for better of worse, never be forgotten. And you can bet your dollars that the VW XL1 will forever be remembered.