The celebrity gearhead thinks “there’s no reason to have a gas car.”
Automakers are working to make the electric car revolution happen sooner
rather than later. Tesla currently dominates the market, but is already
facing increased competition from mainstream manufacturers. Later this year,
Volkswagen will launch the ID.3 electric hatchback, while Porsche will
launch the Taycan. Both models have already attracted tens of thousands of
preorders, which is a testament to the high demand for EVs.
While we’ve seen Jay Leno test drive a variety of gasoline-powered cars over
the years in his popular motoring show Jay Leno’s Garage, it turns out the
celebrity gearhead is a big supporter of the electric car revolution.
Speaking to CBNC, Leno firmly believes the future of the auto industry is
electric and that there is "almost no reason to have a gas car.”
"I’ve never done anything. There’s no fluids to change. There’s nothing,” he
said, referring to his first-generation Tesla Roadster. "For new technology
to succeed, it can’t be equal,” he said. "It’s got to be better and [Tesla]
sort of solved the battery problem. It can go 350 to 400 miles at a charge.
... There’s no maintenance. They’re faster than the gas car. So there’s
almost no reason to have a gas car unless you’re doing long-haul duty.”
Leno went onto to say that gasoline cars will become as rare in the future
as manual shift cars are today. "Steam ran everything from 1800 to about
1911. Then internal combustion took over from 1911 to right about now. And I
predict that a child born today probably has as much chance of driving in a
gas car as people today have been driving a car with a stick shift,” he told