If you’re a regular here at GreenCarReports, you’ll already be familiar with a Mr. Neil Cavuto, presenter and Senior Vice President of Business News at Fox.
He is, in his own words, a vocal electric car skeptic.
But something unusual happened during a recent segment on Fox: the 53-year old said something nice about an electric car.
As Cavuto has pointed out numerous times in the past, he’s skeptical of any car that plugs in, calling cars like the 2012 Chevrolet Volt “a lot of money for very little.”
When covering the Infiniti LE all-electric luxury sedan, however, due to enter production next year as a 2014 model with wireless inductive charging as standard, Cavuto was exuberant.
“Infiniti has come up with a plug-in that gets it,” said Cavuto. “Because it’s a plug in that doesn’t plug in at all!”
Based on the same technology in the 2012 Nissan Leaf and unveiled as a concept car at this year’s New York Auto Show, we know very little else about the luxury sedan, save for its 100-mile estimated range and refined, elegant styling.
For Cavuto, however, the details were not important.
Calling it a “marriage-saver, because no longer will couples have to fight over who forgot to plug in the electric car,” Cavuto appeared unusually switched on to this particular electric car.
He even went so far as to suggest that the Infiniti LE’s impending release would diminish sales of every other electric car on sale today.
Addressing the rest of the electric car industry -- all of whom rely on traditional conductive charging solutions at present -- Cavuto shared his wisdom on screen.
“For every other car maker the message is clear,” he said. “You wanna charge your electric sales? Take your plug out of the wall and start all over.”
Plug-in electric cars, he said, had no future.
“If only they had listened to me, because this was my idea!” Cavuto said in a disappointed tone.
2012 Infiniti LE Concept
2012 Infiniti LE Concept
While he gave no specifics, we can assume he was referring to the concept of wireless inductive charging.
“They could have saved themselves a lot of money, but they didn’t did they?” he moaned in more familiar tones. “Because they thought they knew everything.”
“It turns out I knew everything...almost everything,” he concluded.
If that’s true, perhaps Mr. Cavuto should consider a job in the automotive industry, an industry that usually takes years and years to master.
We await his career change, and wisdom, with eager anticipation.