• Dan Gregson

BACK TO THE FUTURE – WHY RETRO-COOL IS A BRAND'S SECRET WEAPON






OUR CO-FOUNDER DAN GREGSON ON WHY, WHEN IT COMES TO ELECTRIC CARS, RETRO IS VERY MUCH THE NEW MODERN

RAPID AND MASSIVE TECHNOLOGICAL transformation is often dominated with people thinking and talking about what the future will look like.


The narratives are about transformation and change from where we are today to where we’ll be tomorrow.


This is no surprise. Storytelling around technological developments are long entrenched by the rise of the sci-fi genre over the last century and a quarter.


What this means, is that hardwired into the social narrative and discourse around technology shift, is a view about the future.


And of course, this is true when it comes to electro-mobility. I’m the first to bang on about it in You Will Underestimate The Power of the Revolution – a perspective which is entirely viewed through a lens of how things are going to change in the future.


But what is becoming very clear about the electro-mobility revolution is that so much of the future of mobility is inspired by the past. Right now, there’s a huge thing happening which allows the petrolhead guard to come and get excited about the era of the electroheads, however initially unnatural this must feel to them.


The Opel Manta GSE ElektroMOD is just dripping with retro-nostalgia that’s been slammed into the 2020s, whilst oozing Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Apple 1984 vibes.

Hyundai have got in on the act too.


Whilst they’re absolutely upfront about the fact this won’t see the light of production day – what’s clear is that mid-market marques like Hyundai and Opel (Vauxhall if you’re in the UK) have worked out that leveraging retro-cool, is a clever way of radically reinventing their brand image for the new electroheads era.


Why?


Because nostalgia does funny things to us.


On the basis that nostalgia is the warm and fuzzy type of memory and experience recollection – it’s a strong foundation for NPD and/or brand storytelling.


Because humans are good at being fascinated about the past and the future.


Just recently we couldn’t resist getting hold of Jack’s Raleigh Chopper and giving it the Electroheads treatment.