Electric vehicles (EVs) are all the rage these days given how much better they are than regular cars for the environment. And of course, the crazy high gas prices that have taken the nation by storm make them even more appealing. But even though electric cars have the latest and greatest technology and will save you money in the long run, sports car lovers might not be too keen about how "futuristic" they are.
If you're someone who loves driving a good old-fashioned stick shift, you might have written off getting an EV. But before you turn your back on them forever, check out this TikTok video shared by @launchmode back in late February. Apparently, Toyota has patented a new manual transmission for electric cars. Say what?!
Um, if Toyota is truly putting this technology into action, it's a total game-changer, right? Of course, people who watched the clip have mixed opinions over whether or not a manual shift in an EV will actually fly. One commenter, @Steven asked a great question, saying, "How you gonna shift with no revs, just electronic noises? 😂" Huh. We really aren't sure. Another TikTok user, @Norros.nk echoed that sentiment and said, "It's cute.... But how can one enjoy a manual transmission without the sound and feel?" @Cody Christensen made a great point: "There are people who want manual transmissions and refuse to drive anything else. Sounds like a way to win them over." Indeed. Car companies have to cater to their customers if they want to make sales.
Then there was @drew, who made a spot-on comparison about the transmission, saying, "It’s like vegan beef…" HA! So true, right? Vegan beef. Manual electric cars. What will they think of next?
(On second thought, maybe we don't want to know.)