Lachesia N. Myers
As a kid, one of my favorite cartoons was The Jetsons. This is a program about a family living in the future. The family drove flying cars, had robot housekeepers, and had all sorts of handy gadgets to make life easier.According to the story of the comic, the main character, George, his Jetson, was born in 2062. He is 40 years old at the start of the set series. According to the show, George his Jetson birth date is July 31, 2022.
When I learned last week that California voted to ban the sale of gasoline cars by 2035, I thought about the Jetson birth phenomenon. Out of gas. This is the first such measure in the United States, and he will be one of the first in the world. Given the size of California’s economy and several states expected to implement similar rules, this will have a significant impact on the US auto market.
After a decade of slow but steady sales growth, the first quarter of 2022 saw a 60% increase in electric vehicle registrations in the U.S., according to Experian, while overall new car registrations 18% decrease. A surge in electric vehicle registrations in early 2022 has pushed electric vehicles’ share of the overall U.S. market to a historic 4.6%. I have noticed a slow but steady increase in car charging stations.
George Jetson will be a teenager in 2035. It’s time for him to stop using gasoline. But with companies like Tesla, Google, and Domino’s Pizza already beta-testing self-driving cars on the roads of the larger US market, he’s convinced that we live in a world where self-driving cars are commonplace. I’m here. I suspect he will grow up like many Xennials of my generation. We were the last generation to know life before the internet, but we came of age during the digital revolution. Embracing the new while understanding the old.
If you’re lucky, you might get a chance to see a flying car before you die.