As the soot and particulate matter begin to settle, we can see that among the few consequential defeats Donald Trump suffered during his four-year, regulatory guerrilla war on the environment was this whopper: utter failure to kill electric cars.

Surprising even the most pessimistic observers of the auto industry (myself, for instance), car-makers haven’t fallen off the E.V. bandwagon despite the outgoing administration’s best efforts to discourage the rise of these newfangled machines that don’t run on gasoline.