The big question is, will that matter?We’ll soon find out. I suspect that, like almost freshly-minted cars, initial sales for the electrified Jag will be hot. Ditto the EQC, E-tron and Taycan when they arrive. But what happens six months, a year and even longer out is still too tough to call.Indeed, the question facing all the traditional luxury marques now diving into the upscale EV segment — again, BMW and Porsche as well as Audi, Mercedes and Jaguar — is whether all those supposed environmentalists who’ve snapped up Teslas are actually electric vehicle customers or just Tesla cultists. As Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki found out, it makes a difference.“The number of mistakes [forecasting the future] I have made are just awesome. There is no number large enough to account for that.” –That same Alan Greenspan. Karim Sahib / AFP/Getty Images [email protected]@MotorMouthNP Trending in Canada First Drive: Jaguar I-Pace e-TrophyUndaunted, Japan commissioned all manner of studies and focus groups, all researching the success of this new segment. The conclusion? Customers made clear their warmed-over parallel twins and inline-fours lacked Milwaukee’s V-twin “muscle.” So Japan built V-twins, albeit still with Asian styling motifs.Still no traction.Pulling out the stops, Japan’s motorcycle makers built design houses in the United States and began pumping out cruisers with V-twins and ’Merican styling.Still nothing.Butch, better built and (at least some of them) stylishly crafted, these “metric cruisers,” as the products from the Land of the Rising Sun are derided, saw almost universally disappointing sales. Yamaha — the most devoted to breaking Harley’s hegemony — is still paying the price for its hubris, its sales in the U.S. in crisis, so much so that it just recently announced it is moving its headquarters from sunny Cypress, California to Atlanta, Georgia in a quest to save money. Yes, it’s that bad.The lesson in all of this — and it positively beggars belief that it took the Big Four three decades to figure it out — is that those loyalists weren’t actually buying “custom” motorcycles. They were buying Harley-Davidsons. All their focus-grouped justifications — as noted before, V-twin engines, unique Milwaukee sound, authentic American styling — were simply that, justifications. They didn’t care that the Asian products were demonstrably better — at least in the ’80s and ’90s — in virtually every regard and cheaper to boot. They simply didn’t want ‘em.Now, I know you’re a little confused. You thought this column was supposed to be about electric vehicles. At least, that’s what the headline promised. Well, the reason for this little trip down Milwaukee’s memory lane is that I think we’re about to find out — hopefully in less than 30 years — whether there really is an electric vehicle revolution happening or if, à la Harley-Davidson, all the incessant hype about batteries and electrics motors we’re being fed is just Tesla cultism.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Elon Musk speaks during a ceremony in Dubai in 2017. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The parallels between what Japan Inc. thought was a cruiser revolution and what is happening with electric vehicle industry are uncanny. The dominance of one brand with little technological justification. The cult-like following of its customers (indeed, listening to the Teslerati defend Musk against the recent SEC lawsuit is like watching Rudy Giuliani pleading Donald Trump’s innocence). The turning of blind eye to reliability issues. The complete lack of success — and, believe you me, compared with their original projections, all other electric vehicles have been a colossal disappointment — of established marques. As I said, uncanny.Indeed, the question of whether this is all real revolution or just incredible marketing, I think, is about to come to a head, vigorous competition to Tesla’s monopoly finally arriving on our shores. And, unlike past competitors, which have all been largely golf carts to Tesla’s luxury sedan, the arrival of the Europeans marks the first direct attack on Tesla’s sovereignty in the luxury EV segment. Mercedes-Benz’s EQC400 is due to arrive next year, Audi’s E-tron before that, and Jaguar’s I-Pace is already here.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22019 Audi e-tron quattro We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Jaguar I-Pace concept Jaguar Judging by the I-Pace’s performance, Tesla could be in some trouble. Like all Jags — actually better than many of its already fine cars — the I-Pace is a remarkable drive. Quiet — duh, it’s electric — and comfortable, Jaguar’s trademark combination of exquisite ride and handling is seemingly not at all affected by the transition from internal combustion propulsion to electric motivation. Indeed, the I-Pace — most probably because of the low centre of gravity resulting from building the batteries into the floor pan — handles better than the E- and F-Pace, its gasoline-fueled siblings. Steering is delicate and precise, body roll is manifestly reduced and the damping of potholes — you know, like we have here in Canada but are as rare as hen’s teeth in Silicon Valley — phenomenal.Oh, Tesla still has a leadership in range — the I-Pace and its continental confreres are some 100 kilometres behind — and the Jag should have, as the upcoming Porsche Taycan will, a 350-kilowatt fast-charging system. And yes, the Model S is faster. But clinging to Tesla’s supposed superiority based on “Ludicrous” acceleration is a little like saying the Challenger Hellcat is a better car than a 911 Turbo. The Models S or X may still be the better electric vehicle, but the I-Pace is simply the better automobile.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Tesla Model 3 The competition — more specifically, the big Japanese brands — took notice. Looking to emulate Milwaukee’s success, they, too, started building “cruisers.” At first, they were just warmed over “chopped” versions of their existing motorcycles. Unsurprisingly, lacking serious “custom” bona fides, they went nowhere.RELATED Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” “We really can’t forecast all that well. We pretend that we can, but we really can’t.” So says Alan Greenspan, former—oh, hell, I hope we all know who Alan Greenspan is.In 1981, 13 investors bought a very troubled Harley-Davidson from AMF — whose lackadaisical attention to quality control birthed the famed “Hardly Ableson” pejorative — and began one of the most, if not the most, incredible rejuvenations in modern motorcycling.Thanks to a complete revolution in manufacturing — much borrowed from the Japanese, by the way — Milwaukee’s market share, having eroded to a paltry 20 per cent of the over-601-cc by the early 1980s, rose so quickly that, today, more than one in two “heavyweight” motorcycles sold in North America is a Hog. 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South Korean baseball games reopened to fans starting from Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic.Both baseball and soccer teams are now allowed to sell up to 10% of the seats for each game as officials plan to control the level of attendance based on the progress of anti-virus efforts.Following the guidelines, fans were screened for fevers upon entering the stadium and required to sit a safe distance during a baseball match between LG Twins and Doosan Bears in Seoul.They were also required to wear masks, banned from eating food and drinking beer, and discouraged from excessive shouting, singing and cheering during the game.Stadium officials also registered fans with smartphone QR codes so that they could be easily located when needed.South Korea’s baseball and soccer leagues returned to action in May without fans in the stands.Seats had been covered with cheering banners, dolls or pictures of fans as teams tried to mimic a festive atmosphere. Written By FOLLOW US Last Updated: 26th July, 2020 18:29 IST South Korea Baseball Fans Finally Return To Stands South Korean baseball games reopened to fans starting from Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic. COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News First Published: 26th July, 2020 18:29 IST LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US