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If Cars Could Talk – Up in Smoke: The Real Dirty Truth of the Electric vs. Fossil Fuel Vehicle Debate

April 20 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Join automotive historian and technology advocate, Maximilian Macdonald, for a compelling exploration into the electric vs. fossil fuel vehicle debate. “Up in Smoke” cuts through the noise, offering an unbiased deep dive into the environmental impact, ownership pros and cons, and the broader implications of our vehicle choices. From the raw material extraction to the end of their road life, MacDonald examines the lifecycle emissions of both electric and traditional vehicles, aiming to equip attendees with the knowledge to make informed decisions.

This talk isn’t just about the vehicles; it’s about understanding the shifts needed in energy production, infrastructure, and our societal habits. Whether you’re leaning towards electric, favor traditional engines, or are undecided, MacDonald’s pragmatic approach promises insights into what type of vehicle truly aligns with your values and the environmental big picture. “Up in Smoke” is an essential session for anyone looking to navigate the complexities of our transportation future with clarity and confidence.

There are many chapters to the story of the automobile. If cars could talk, they might just share stories we never imagined. Each month, our speaker will pick a car or automotive topic and offer a fascinating peek into its history. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month, and explore the story of cars with Museum curators, staff or local personalities over lunch.

If Cars Could Talk is FREE for ACM Members and is also included with Museum admission. Bring a lunch to enjoy, light refreshments provided.


April 20
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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LeMay – America’s Car Museum
2702 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421 United States
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