Driving Sustainability: electric cars will blow your mind – they’ll have to, or there’s no point

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Remember the BMW GINA Light Visionary Model? BMW began work on that concept in 2002 but kept it under wraps, as it were, until 2008. One of the people who worked on that truly mind-twisting vehicle was Chris Bangle, who spoke in Iceland at the 2010 Driving Sustainability event about emotional mobility. If anyone here is talking about how to truly transform mobility, he's the guy. It'll be tough to sum up Bangle's presentation in mere words, but here goes.

Take the following series of facts: people in the developing world want cars. If the idea of a car remains the same in 50 years as it is today, there simply won't be enough room - to say nothing of the resources or energy required to build and move them - for all of them. Take a Mercedes S-class as the standard-sized vehicle. It's about two meters wide and five meters long, so each car is 10 square meters. If everyone in India drove one, it would take up a quarter of the country. That's not sustainable.

OK, set that aside and follow us after the jump to get into how the very idea of a car might be changing in the coming years, and to see how alternative powertrains will play a role.


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