will EV's destroy the aftermarket car audio industry?

I haven't been paying much attention to car audio lately, so I apologize if this is already a well versed topic. But I've been wondering, how will electric vehicles affect the car audio industry? We will no longer have a mechanical alternator driven from a gas powered energy source, our amplifiers and sound processors will draw directly from the vehicle's main power storage, and given a decent sized system with a decent electrical draw, would affect the actual range of the car.

But its also technically true that spinning an alternator (or multiple alts) also burns more fuel and decreases range on internal combustion vehicles. I suppose once we have fast-charge batteries (such as graphene based) that this will be less of an issue. But Im curious what people think on how, or if, EV's will affect car audio.

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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,639
    Short answer is....no. EV sales are not setting the world on fire and gas cars aren't going anywhere soon.

    Unless you live in California, where it's possible they may pass laws forbidding gas cars. Otherwise, I wouldn't be losing sleep over it.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,472
    The aftermarket car audio electronics business imploded years ago...
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,360
    EVs?!?

    I don't think so... although they've always been very fuel efficient.

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    :)

    Maybe gasoline-powered hifi will catch on in the Tesla aftermarket -- kind of a hipster, retro thing.

    In all seriousness, methinks @nooshinjohn hit the metaphorical nail on the head. How ya gonna do aftermarket hifi when the car's HVAC control is built into the infotainment center?

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,360
    tonyb wrote: »
    Short answer is....no. EV sales are not setting the world on fire...

    Well... they're workin' on that...

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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,894
    The aftermarket car audio electronics business imploded years ago...

    Correct. Once manufactures started integrating sensors, LCD screens, backup camera's, computers, etc into vehicles, it killed the aftermarket scene.

    I'd have to invest close to 2-3k into my 2010 Nissan Murano just to get it back to where it already is sound wise, and likely 3-4 to really make it sound better.

    Additionally anyone with a EV car with their current range is already going into it knowing its a "tool around town only" car not a "commute from anywhere frequently" car, so adding a sound system to it wont drain the battery "that" much.

    Its not like someone is going to buy one knowing they are at the edge of the one way range of the battery with their work commute.

    Personally, my next car will be "new" enough to have things like cruise control, power windows, etc, but beyond that nothing crazy so that I can redo the sound system the way I want without having to hack into the electronics 50 million ways to ensure the sensors give out the right error codes, or I dont trigger an airbag, etc.
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  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 2,225
    Seems dead to me also.

    Back in the day, everybody had some sort of cranking system. Crazy options then.

    Now on a rare occasion, I'll have some person pull up beside me, thumping like crazy.

    Which I usually then end up getting the finger from them as I'm laughing and shaking my head at how bad it really sounds. :D
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,556
    Yeah I still have a nice aftermarket stereo in one of my cars. It also happens to be an 09 where I can get away with it.

    Like what has been said before it is just phasing out or will move to motorcycle/marine audio systems. Too many electronics already in a car for me to feel comfortable putting a stereo in my 17'. Stereos are hard on a car anyway... At least if you are running a sub with a high current draw.

    I'm going to let the current system run until we replace the 09' car and then sell it after that most likely.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,639
    With the way they have the electronic integrated these days, it's next to impossible. Probably better off just opting for the upgraded stereo most car makers offer. Who wouldn't dig a Mark Levinson system in their car/truck ?
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 2,458
    Odd first post. You forget the spam link?
  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 5,082
    DaveHo wrote: »
    Odd first post. You forget the spam link?
    Lol, same post can also be found here:
    https://www.caraudio.com/topic/602139-will-evs-destroy-the-aftermarket-car-audio-industry/
    Seems like the real author is a legit member of the other forum, based on his post count. This poser here just did a copy/paste job.
  • codycatalistcodycatalist Posts: 2,556
    tonyb wrote: »
    With the way they have the electronic integrated these days, it's next to impossible. Probably better off just opting for the upgraded stereo most car makers offer. Who wouldn't dig a Mark Levinson system in their car/truck ?

    For what it's worth I didn't get into the car audio game for anything but big bass. I have grown to where I have my system set up to push out SPL if it is asked to but is delicate when needs to be. Perfect across all genres, never over bloated on rock or the like.
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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 16,894
    tonyb wrote: »
    Who wouldn't dig a Mark Levinson system in their car/truck ?

    Dual purpose... Nelson Pass Class A audio design.... then forgo cabin heat and double down on AC hehehehe
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