Thirteen years into the 21st century and the mundane plodding pace of life has solidly replaced the wonder of a new millennium. For the generations who have never known anything but the lifestyle of modern convenience, there is little perspective on just how far we’ve come. Flying cars have yet to make their debut, but there are other reminders that the once-distant future is here—reminders like robots that clean our houses, blenders that make iPad flour, the iPad and electric cars that go from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds.
They can’t fly, but they also aren’t harbingers of impending climate doom. The features among available electric vehicles is fairly disparate and as of 2012 plug-in vehicles only accounted for less than 1% of vehicle sales, but I’m convinced that electric cars are going to bring us into the future, running on 100% organic, all-natural electrons.
So imagine that someday little boys will quietly push around toy cars on their living room floors, emitting hums once reserved for spaceships.