Editorial: Goodbye to the gas pedal

Buy Photo Guest Editorial(Photo: The Daily Times)Buy Photo Progress in electric car development was steady — a new Tesla here, a Chevy Bolt there. Until, like a thunderclap, came news that portends the eventual phaseout of traditional gas-powered engines: Volvo announced that every new model it will launch from 2019 onward will be either all-electric or a hybrid. The actual disappearance of traditional engines from Volvo showrooms should arrive in the mid-2020s, once customer interest in older gas models dries up. That commitment puts Volvo at the leading edge of a dizzying trend for manufacturers, the oil industry, the environment, drivers and the culture at large. We’ll always have “Little Deuce Coupe” and other great car songs, but what rhymes with lithium-ion battery? Guess we’ll find out. A look at…

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