Can the Automotive Industry Adapt Fast Enough for an Electric Future?

By Sarah Watts

Twenty years ago, you had a better chance of seeing an electric car on an episode of The Jetsons than you did in real life.

Today, however, electric cars are inching closer to the mainstream, with 5.4 million hybrid vehicles sold since the Honda Insight debuted in 1999 and over 1.4 million plug-in electric cars sold since 2010. Electric vehicles are poised to explode in the next several years: General Motors, Mercedes, Mazda, Nissan, BMW, Ford, and several other carmakers have pledged to either invest billions in manufacturing electric vehicles (EV) or to roll out multiple all-electric models of their own. And in response to the burgeoning climate change crisis, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently issued an executive order to phase out gasoline-powered cars by 2035.

“The transition to electric has already started, and it will accelerate in the next fifteen years due to a number of

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The Fast & Furious Car Boss Explains Every Ridiculous Vehicle in F9

Photo credit: Giles Keyte/Universal Pictures

Photo credit: Giles Keyte/Universal Pictures

Dennis McCarthy’s official credit on F9: The Fast Saga is “Picture Car Coordinator,” but his job is way more than that. He’s the car guy whose automotive tastes have powered the most dominant blockbuster car-movie franchise in history. McCarthy has been involved with the Fast franchise since Tokyo Drift, but his wide-ranging movie credits include everything from big-ticket Marvel projects to Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-nominated musical La La Land. For F9, he again took up the responsibility of finding, casting, and preparing the vast majority of the hero cars seen in the film.

Road & Track spoke with McCarthy right as F9 debuted in the U.S. to find out the backstory behind the cars that define the latest installment of this juggernaut series.

And just because it bears mentioning: This interview may include some mild spoilers about F9: The Fast Saga. We

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