According to the latest data, BEVs are outselling the cars with a manual transmission in the USA.
The manual gearbox offerings continue to decline, with little exception. Porsche, for example, offers a manual gearbox for the 2020 911 Carrera contrary to the trend.
The new report of JD Power and Associates shows that over the latest quarter of 2019, battery electric vehicle sales overtook the sales of cars equipped with a stick, and this trend is likely to continue.
It is obvious that manual transmissions are going away, the Detroit Bureau informs.
In the third quarter of 2019, only 1.1% cars sold in the United States were equipped with manual gearboxes (1.6% a year earlier). For comparison: BEV sales accounted for 1.9% (vs 1.6% in 2018).
American motorists began switching from manual to automatics in the 1950-60s, having made the latter more affordable.
By the 1990s, the automatic transmission became the unconditional winner, as it was more comfortable, offered more gears and other benefits.
Automakers prefer automatics
Porsche launched the all-new 911 at the beginning of this decade with an automatic transmission.
Ferrari practically abandoned manual transmissions – although in some cases they prefer a dual-clutch transmission or DCT, which is essentially an electronically shifted manual.
Chevrolet exclusively opted for an eight-speed DCT for the eighth-generation Corvette (pictured above).
Ford has switched to an all-new Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox for the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500.
The DCT can handle a shift in as little as 80 milliseconds, less than the time it takes to fully depress the clutch pedal.
Curiously, Ford decided to install a seven-speed manual gearbox in an electric Mustang Lithium showcased at SEMA 2019.
This is almost the only electric car with a multi-speed transmission. The Porsche Taycan has a two-speed gearbox on one axle. Other production BEVs are equipped with single-speed gearboxes.
As for demand for electric cars in the Unites States, although they supersede vehicles with manual transmissions, these cars will unlikely receive fast widespread recognition, experts think.
At least, until manufacturers will solve the problems of their pricing and driving range, as well as full public availability of charging network.