Thought of the Day: Car of the World?

Welcome to Thought of the Day! Join Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield as she poses a thought of the day inspired by recent news events.

Today, we’re asking you to come up with a design for an electric (hydrogen or battery electric) car that could be used all around the world, that’s affordable, robust, and easy to fix. We want to hear your designs and ideas for a car that can quite happily take over from internal combustion engined vehicles in the most hostile and remote parts of the world. And as it’s our final Thought of the Day for the week, feel free to upload your own videos in response to this question!
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  • Jeff Laurence

    There is a start up car company in the USA (Elio) that will be making a three wheeler with tandem seating for less than 10k US dollars that promises over 100mpg. It is presently debuting with an ICE 3 cylinder. This could be made with an electric power plant that could be reasonably priced. Hydrogen would need a worldwide commitment to be viable.

  • Lawrence Taylor

    The vehicle should be a people transporter, so a van or a small truck. Don’t use self-driving since this should use a driver since you want to also create jobs. This should have off road capabilities since you want to adapt it to the most terrain possible. Ideally it should transport between 5 and 20 people. I think hte size woud determine the cost, but it should be as simple as possible. By keeping it small and simple, you should keep the price down so a town or village can buy as many as needed. Use a renewable charging station with a small wind turbine, a solar PV, a battery such as an Aquion or a Powerwall-type, and a charger. I am sure that the price of this could be under $10,000. This could be used by a community to replace existing petroleum vehicles.