The solution is actually simple, like all great equations are. At least when it comes to passenger vehicles, one of the biggest contributors to poor inner city air quality, the wasteful use of energy and everything else that’s precious. To have EVs with battery packs that outweigh the average 1.2 occupant 5–7 times over, is NOT the answer. With approx. two-third of all electricity in the U.S. generated by burning fossil fuels, EVs like Teslas are still way too much carbon-based. You might see them as an EV 2.0. What we need, is an EV 3.0, smarter, sleeker and weighing considerably less. This would slice demand per EV on the electricity grid, ditto the need for rare metals to fabricate batteries, etc. Next challenge: how to ‘format’ this into a vehicle that is still comfortable, safe and appealing? Read on why 1 in a 1000 can jumpstart a revolution. Cheers, Ralph

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