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Heard on Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson

Electric Cars and Trucks At Crossroads as Auto Show Kicks Off

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Is the future electric? If so, what does that mean for our cars, ourselves, and the places we live?

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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is back, and that means the future of the auto companies is again the topic of conversation.

As always, one theme is how much of that future is electric.

We’re at kind of a crossroads with electric vehicles right now — stuck between generations. But the need to get past the internal combustion engine couldn’t be greater.

CO2 emissions spiked in the U.S. last year, largely because of the transportation sector.

Dan Neil is an automotive columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2004 while writing about cars. He says if you’re thinking about making the jump to an electric vehicle —- wait… a whole new world is just around the corner.

Neil joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about what that world of electric vehicles might look like.

Henderson also speaks with Detroit News auto columnist Henry Payne. Payne is a conservative, and a climate change skeptic. But he drives a Tesla.

Why? Because he says the upstart electric vehicle company simply makes the best car on the road. He says he loves his Tesla Model 3, a model that he named car of the year in 2018.

Finally, CityLab Executive Editor David Dudley joins the program to talk about his view of the future of cars and trucks, how they shape our cities now, and how changes in technology might affect our behaviors and the places where we live.

Click on the audio player above to hear those conversations.

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