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 CNBC.
Seeing a well-known celebrity car enthusiast like Jay Leno who has a garage full of gasoline cars praise Tesla and support the future of electric cars is a big deal. Electric cars are inevitably the future and the technology is constantly improving. He makes some bold statements, but right now there are many factors that need to be rectified before EVs become accessible to the masses, such as better infrastructure, increased driving ranges, improved charging times, and cheaper prices.