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Scotty Kilmer explains why electric cars will soon be “dirt cheap”

Published: 17/Mar/2020 22:17 Updated: 18/Mar/2020 9:09

by Bill Cooney

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YouTube auto personality and mechanic Scotty Kilmer has predicted that Teslas and other electric vehicles will drastically drop in price going forward into 2020.

The work of Tesla and other manufacturers in the electric car market have only seen their products become more common in the last few years, but Kilmer says even though they’re more readily available, you can’t force people to buy them.

With oil and gas becoming more expensive in recent years, some may have presumed more people would switch over to the less expensive option in electric cars, although Kilmer said many still seem to prefer spending money on good old gasoline-powered vehicles instead.

Scotty Kilmer
Kilmer worked as an author and auto mechanic before starting his YouTube channel, which has over 3 million followers.

Sales of electric vehicles in China, where most of them are produced, were down 77% in the last 8 months, according to Kilmer.

“Now this is before the Coronavirus stuff,” the YouTuber clarified. “You can force someone to make something [electric cars], but you cannot force people to buy it.”

The Coronavirus’s potential effect on the price of oil is another problem electric cars may have to contend with, as it may actually fall in due course, on top of being an untested technology when compared to gas cars as well.

“If oil is cheap, if gas is cheap, that’s even less of an incentive for people to go out and get electric cars,” the 66-year-old continued. “There’s less incentive for people to switch to an electric technology that really hasn’t proven itself.”

Teslas, and the likes, have also been mainstream for much less time than their gas-powered counterparts, which can make them less convenient to operate as well.

“There’s less infrastructure for it, takes too much time to charge the vehicles,” Kilmer pointed out. “Takes you two minutes to fill it up with gas, might take you 20 hours to charge up your electric battery.”

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In the market for a Tesla? 2020 could be the year to buy.

Top Gear star James May even said he had the same issue with electric cars, that they take too long to charge and it doesn’t last long enough, in a recent video, but whether or not the market for this type of product changes drastically as Kilmer seems to be suggesting remains to be seen.

If you hear all the potential problems facing electric vehicles and still decide you want one though, 2020 could turn out to be the year to pick one up.

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Forza Horizon 4 player turns Ferrari 599 Evo into a plane with crazy mod

Published: 24/Oct/2020 7:12 Updated: 24/Oct/2020 8:46

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Forza Horizon 4 is all about pushing the envelope and watching it bend, but one player kicked it to a whole new level when they took the skies in a heavily-tuned Ferrari 599 Evo and made it seem like a plane.

Forza Horizon 4 is the pinnacle when it comes to racing games. It’s visually stunning, the gameplay is smooth, and it has an enormous catalog of cars, vehicles, and racetracks. The list goes on and on.

However, what makes it truly remarkable is the sheer level of customization. Players can change everything from air-filters, clutch, engines, and manifolds to suspension and tires. It’s an excellent system with a lot of depth.

Naturally, this means there is a lot of room for creativity, and no two vehicles will be the same. Players love to create and share their cars with the broader Forza Horizon 4 community.  They also love to share videos of insane stunt jumps and other incredible feats too.

One player decided to take it a step further and mix the two after posting an incredible video of them going airborne in a heavily-tuned Ferrari 599 Evo. “First test jump with new tune went well…” they said.

Sure, it might not be realistic. But there’s something poetic about seeing a souped-up Ferrari Evo spread its wings and fly like an eagle.

Plus, it’s even better when it happens in a dewy morning sky with snowy mountain ranges in the background. 

Sadly, the car went way too high for the game to recognize it as a legitimate stunt challenge. In other words, it didn’t break any records, and the player wasn’t rewarded for their efforts.

Forza Horizon 4 Stunt Jump Plane
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The Ferrari 599 Evo is one of the fastest cars in the game.

Still, it blew the minds of everyone else in the thread and generated a bit of hype. That’s what truly matters in the end, right?

Unfortunately, the original poster remained tight-lipped on the specific details of the tune, even though people were desperate to know.

Thankfully, one user pointed others in the direction of what it might have been. “Just get the 599xx Evo and go to the tunes menu and look for the highest rated one that has top speed or something in the name,” they said.

Forza Horizon 4 Tune Plane

It’s impossible to know whether that’s the same tune as the one used in the video.

However, it does seem like the Ferrari Evo is quite a beast, so it might still be enough for others to follow in the footsteps of the original poster and take to the skies.