Electric vehicles, even those at the more affordable end of the spectrum, are too pricey for most citizens of developing countries, countries whose emissions are increasing every day.
A new low-cost solar-powered electric vehicle has the potential to allow growth and consumerism in the developing world, at the same time cutting carbon outputs.
The electric vehicle, called the CAR +, was announced at the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York on Feb. 25. The vehicle has a solar panel on the roof, and is configured with identically-molded sections on the front and back to be manufactured easily.
The CAR+ is designed modularly, so the windshield and rear windows, and front and rear bumper, are interchangeable.
It was designed to be customized into many different configurations, including a car, truck, van, emergency vehicle and delivery truck. The car’s convertibility is termed “hackable” by its designer Yves Behar, founder of the San Francisco design company Fuse Project.
According to a Switched.com story, Behar’s rationale behind creating the vehicle was to create a beautifully-formed object that was also eco-friendly. He wanted to create an inexpensive product to meet demand in poor nations that is still attractive to wealthier consumers.
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