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I have to check my company's English translations for a new product they have made. The product is an electrical wall box for charging electric cars. They wrote the following sentence:

Ideal for classic electromobilists

I have never heard of the word electromobilists and I can not find the definition anywhere online. Although English is my native language, I did not study English and I make mistakes in English all the time. Can someone tell me if this sentence makes sense?

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  • Is this product aimed at a particular community of enthusiasts or the general public? This will affect whether you can use weird jargon or have to be generally understood.
    – Stuart F
    Nov 4, 2022 at 16:48

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The word is a neologism that isn't likely to get into dictionaries yet, but we all know who an automobilist is, recognise the analogy and understand. I can't say if it makes sense in the context - the quote you gave is too short for that - but hopefully it does. The word itself sounds perfectly fine to me. I can't say I recall seeing it before, but I don't think I'd take any notice if I did because there isn't anything weird or confusing about it.

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    Wiktionary has electromobile and derived from that, electromobilism. So yeah, electromobilist makes sense as another derivative. Though funnily enough, when I ask google about electromobiles it comes up with images of Mobility scooters (which is where my mind went in first instance as well).
    – user54131
    Oct 18, 2022 at 15:43
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"Electromobilist" sounds like jargon, and the word (real or not) won't be familiar to most people. Adding "classic" only makes things worse by creating an oxymoron.

I recommend you go back to the source to figure out what they were hoping to communicate. The phrase is that misguided!

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