A few weeks ago I bought a car. Let me rephrase that: A few weeks ago I finally bought a car. It replaces the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid on which I’d put about 123,000 miles.
I probably don’t have to tell you that a lot has changed in Auto World in 15 years. Still, it was all a marvel to me. In 2006, I was pretty jazzed that the Civic came with a built-in CD player. Now I own a car that plugs into an outlet and tells me, via a smartphone app, when it’s charged. (It has a gas engine, too. It’s this 2018 model, in Midnight Forest Pearl, a luminous shade of deep green.)
People who know more than I do have decreed 2021 the year of the electric vehicle. Sure enough, once I turned my attention to EVs, it seemed I was reading about them everywhere. (Hello, Frequency Illusion.) One recent headline in particular caught my attention, but for reasons having nothing to do with ions and everything to do with history: “China Claims This Is the First Electric Shooting Brake,” proclaimed CarBuzz on April 17. An electric what now? Some sort of trigger-happy semiautomatic stopping device?
The Chinese-built Geely Zeekr, “world’s first mass market pure electric shooting brake”