Environmental factors will continue to contribute to a cars overall design for the next 75 years if things stay as they are. After that it may not be an issue as oil prices will top out at $2,500 per barrel and auto manufacturers will have progressively moved us either into all electric vehicles or another medium all together.'
Yes Rob you are absolutely correct cultural change do drive auto design. Because of the enviornmetal factors autocompanies are working on green cars in order to avoid pollution, Majority of the auto companies are working on Hybrid and electrical cars whic can reduce the consumption of feuls and make the journey cost effective .
True Elizabeth all the designs will forces on a human need, "Fuel saving" now it has become a responsibility of designers. So the future all the designs will be depend on the fuel consumption effectiveness.
I agree, Rob, design cycle reduction is back in the news these days. I recall it was also a big topic a decade ago. I remember one of the big automotive associations hosted a conference on the "12-month car." I've yet to see a 12-month car, however.
Nice link, Chuck. From an environmental point of view, I believe the jury is still out on fracking. So far, Democrats are favoring the new jobs, and the source for homegrown oil, over any effect on the environment. Plus, so far there is no poster child to fight fracking. There has not yet been an incident to dissuade our citizens. It may not come. Or it may come.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
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