You’re right on the mark, Michael. Car design can be different and made to encompass all! I am talking energy- and space efficiency, Fahrvergnügen, zero emission and… (drum roll) driverless. So, why weren’t or aren’t there any more alternative designs? Simple, car makers monopolize the market and capital-hungry industry of personal mobility products, passenger vehicles in other words. Alternative designs inherently form a threat to the way they operate: develop, build and sell successors to their present lineup of models.

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All relevant aspects are related: the smaller/sleeker the vehicle footprint, the less weight needs to be moved, the fewer batteries it needs, consequently the easier (and cheaper) it is to present an affordable EV that does not require EV tax credits. You will get the ‘thumbs up’ from governments for enabling them to do way more with less. How will/may such a Next-Gen EV look like? Well, like depicted below: an ultra-safe, (semi) three-wheeled three-seater. Easier to implement driverless. The fun part is that it will need to bank (tilt) during cornering. Since people don’t particularly favor small cars or even like them, the challenge is not to come up with one. I ended up with a ‘best of both worlds’ — the comfort and safety of a regular car, and the agility and economy of a scooter. Cheers, Ralph.

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