8 Things That Will Be Gone From Cars by 2030; Will We Actually Miss Them?

The automotive industry is changing, and some of the features we have now will be gone from cars soon. The target date of 2030 coincides with the goals of automakers and government officials to dramatically increase the number of electric vehicles sold by the end of the decade. Will you miss some of these features? Maybe, maybe not.

Custom exhaust tips will be gone from cars with more electric vehicles

Carbon Fiber Custom Exhaust Ports
Custom Exhaust Ports | Wiki Commons

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EVs don’t need exhaust pipes, meaning we won’t see custom or chrome exhaust pipes sticking out from under cars. Of course, if hydrogen catches on, exhaust pipes will return, which could mean this feature disappears and reappears.

EVs don’t need supercharges; these items will slowly disappear

The Callaway supercharged C8 Corvette package might not look flashy, but it will be powerful.
Supercharged C8 package | Callaway Cars

Motor Junkie highlights that superchargers are used to squeeze more performance out of a V8 engine. Both superchargers and turbochargers use exhaust gasses to increase the power numbers, but neither will be necessary with the growth of electric vehicles. The future of superchargers is only in the classic muscle car market.

We probably won’t miss diesel trucks that roll coal

Pickup Truck Rolling Coal this could be one of the car features we don't see soon
Pickup Truck Rolling Coal | Wiki Commons

The term “rolling coal” describes lifted diesel trucks with massive smokestacks blowing out insane levels of black smoke. Some people enjoy rolling coal, but many states have already outlawed the practice. With the movement toward EVs, this is an activity that will disappear. Rolling coal will be gone from cars by 2030 and possibly before then.

Traditional keys will be gone from cars with new electric vehicle technology

A variety of car keys in the form of key fobs and more.
Car keys | Getty Images

The movement away from traditional keys isn’t only about the advancement of EVs but the advancement of technology. Our smartphones will be our keys, which makes it more important than ever that you don’t misplace your phone. In some cases, your finger, arm, or hand might be turned into the key.

Cameras are replacing side-view mirrors

A happy driver holds up her car key.
A happy driver holds up her car key. | Getty Images

Instead of your future vehicle offering the look of a pair of ears sticking out, the side-view mirrors, a small camera will likely replace these mirrors. The view of the side should be fed to either the rearview mirror or the infotainment screen. This is a transition we’ll have to make as this feature will be gone from cars in the future.

Another electric vehicle change is the disappearance of front grilles

The front grille on the 2022 Lexus GX 460
The front grille on the 2022 Lexus GX 460. | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

By 2030 most of the front grilles will be gone from cars. Tesla already shows us these items are useless on electric vehicles, and deleting the front grille allows designers to use the entire front of the car to create comprehensive lines and a more attractive style.

Headlight switches will be gone from cars by 2030

Volvo V70 Dashboard featuring buttons and no touchscreen for the infotainment controls
Volvo V70 Dashboard | Volvo

Some cars already have headlights that turn on and off automatically. Automakers already equip vehicles with automatic high beams as well. This means you won’t have to think or worry about turning on your headlights in future vehicles. The lights will likely use the time of day and natural lighting elements to determine whether your headlights are required during your drive.

Engine bays will disappear, but we won’t miss them in future electric vehicles

Buying an electric vehicle like this Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck requires charging
The Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck | Ford

The engine bay is one of the most significant features that will be gone from cars by the end of the decade. Some automakers already use this space to create a new storage area called a frunk or front trunk. The Ford F-150 Lighting gives us an incredible way to use this space. Other automakers could increase the passenger area, which benefits from a flat floor and more room without the engine and transmission of gasoline vehicles.

Will you miss these features that will likely be gone from our future cars by 2030? Will you embrace new technology and changes made by the proliferation of electric vehicles?

Next, check out these vintage electric vehicles, or learn more about some future concept cars we might see in this video below:

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