Jay Leno gave CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” an optimistic outlook when it comes to the future of electric cars, despite General Motors’ recent warning to owners of some Chevy Bolts advising them not to be within 15 meters of other cars to park.
“The last days of old technology are always better than the first days of new technology, but we’re past the first days of new technology,” said Leno, the host of CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage.” “I mean, the electric car is here to stay. I predict that a child born today will likely drive a gasoline-powered car about as much as you would now in a stick-stick car.”
GM’s latest warning follows the Detroit-based automaker, which is recalling more than 140,000 electric vehicles produced since 2016, at risk of batteries catching fire spontaneously from “two rare manufacturing defects”.
Leno told presenter Shepard Smith that electric car fires were comparatively less severe than gas powered car fires.
“I mean, the benefit of EV fire, if there is one, is that it doesn’t explode,” Leno explained. “You’re in, you smell something, it smokes, and then it doesn’t go into a bullet like a gasoline car. That doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous and hopefully it will fix the problem.”
“Jay Leno’s Garage” Season 6 premieres on Wednesday, September 22nd at 10pm ET / PT on CNBC.