New data from J.D. Power reveals that more people are buying electric vehicles than cars with manual transmissions.
For some people the stick shift is nothing more than a stick in the center console of a car that disallows them from driving that car. It’s a complicated annoyance with an extra pedal. But ask any car nut, lover, or enthusiast about what a manual transmission means and they’ll tell you that it’s so much more.
But the standard transmission is in danger, and it has been for a while. And this new data from J.D. power paints the depressing reality of the manual transmission as only 1.1 percent of buyers are opting for a stick shift, driving.ca reports. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the data report also showed that 1.9 percent of buyers are choosing electric vehicles. Yup, that’s right: EVs account for nearly double the amount manuals that have been sold. The car nut’s worst nightmare has manifested into reality.
In all honesty, it seems like a miracle that brands still manufacture cars with stick shifts if barely a single percent of US buyers are going with a standard car. But maybe that’s the future we’re heading towards as cars like the BMW 3-Series and Corvette are ditching their manual options.
If nothing else, these numbers only further prove to us that times are a-changin’. Whether it’s for the better or worse, well that’s up to you. Is the manual worth saving, or should companies just give up on it already? Let me know below.