Interesting. Here's a couple things on my mind:
1. A real reporter for a car magazine, not a network mouth breather, finally cornered a big shot at Ford and asked him the question that I wished someone would ask all the EV makers: " What do you see as the big problem with EV vehicles? Without hesitation he said " Too expensive. We have to get the cost down to 30,000 dollars base price with decent content to really get the conversion going. 100 grand for a flashy EV pickup is nice for that market, but the average Joe will not buy it yet." For me it was like "FINALLY! Somebody gets it."
2. Chasing EV sleds is great for perhaps a third of the market. Why they are not going hybrid with a lean burn 4 stroke gas back up for the true back woods riders I will never know. They already know (Yama-Cat) how to build a lighter 4 stroke. I can imagine a 500cc twin, plus a turbo, 4 stroke with EV that would give the best of both worlds. At least if the battery pack strokes out you can get home? Yea it will not be a rocket ship, but they have been building Prius for what, 20 years now? Shrink the tech, get the price at 10 grand. Hmmm? Might work.
3. I went vintage about 25 years ago out of necessity. I had three little kids who got tired of hiking through three feet of snow on Grandpa's farm to go downhill sledding. I had stopped riding by 1987, when sleds got to 4 grand a piece for the big ones. Fast forward ten years and I came across an add for two minty barn fresh Wankel 1972 Panthers in the shopper. I only wanted one. So I jumped a now defunct sled site and asked for someone to buy the other one. The Deal was done. My kids all grew up on that sled, it's still running and I sold it about 2011 to another collector who's kids love it as much as mine did. 45mph was fast enough, it went through deep stuff like a dozer and towed hand sleds and cutters for several seasons just fine. Growing up a dealers kid from that era I knew how to keep it alive for cheap. The best thing was it connected me with a fellowship of alike individuals who had a passion for this hobby.
Today that fellowship has dimmed, but it's still out there. The Gee Whiz gang may have left, but the die hards are still here, and I like that crowd better.
We will never be a concern for the new sled makers, we don't make them much money. As long as the greenies don't punt us all to a museum or a motorsports park or just ban us entirely, I hope we'll be OK.