I love cars. From American muscle to a shiny sleek sports car, cars are amazing and beautiful machines. They’re a result of ingenuity and they’ve pushed humans to grow and develop in ways we could never before.
Now being an INDEV student and also being a part of the Faculty of Environment, I know that cars are the root of many of the world’s biggest problems today. Carbon emissions and urban sprawl to name two very real and tough issues.
But even knowing the damage cars commit to our earth, it’s apparent that people won’t give up their luxuries or conveniences. We are a privileged generation to have cars in ready supply. They’ve become an inherent part of many people’s lives.
So we’re not giving up our cars. At least, not for a while. But we can make a better one.
Tesla, an electric car manufacturer, has been working hard over the last 10 years to make that car. And in a year, we’re going to have it. They recently revealed their Tesla Model 3, an affordable version of their prized electric car. (Affordable as in more affordable than before). Starting at $35,000 in 2017, you could have a beautifully designed car that runs on electricity.
A long time ago, the electric car made its way onto the scene of the auto industry. People took notice. They also took notice of the price. An electric car used to cost a hefty penny. And the car you got, wasn’t always the most visually appealing. So people knocked electric cars up to a dream. A gimmick to please the “hippies”. But Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, knew it was possible.
And now we have it, the Tesla Model 3 is the bridge between environmental stewardship and our own convenience. We don’t have an excuse to not buy an electric car any more. It’s right there waiting for us.
But the best part about this exciting news is that Tesla underestimated the demand. And that is what gives me hope. According to recent tweets and an article by Engadget, they underestimated the demand by 3/4 to 1/2, in pre-orders alone. The fact that we’ve entered an era where even the most hopeful person who dreamed big enough to make this a reality underestimated people’s desire for an environmentally friendly car is amazing. Sure, a car is still far from an ideal form of transportation for effective urban growth but this is a step in the right direction.
And when other organizations and people see the success of such an incredible venture that may have taken a decade and a lot of hard work, we’re going to see innovations that are environmentally friendly (at a scientific level) spring up everywhere.
The Tesla Model 3 has opened up the way to a road of sustainable design that can be economically, socially and environmentally sound. I’m looking forward to where this takes us.
Have you seen any incredible environmentally friendly designs? Leave a comment below.
For more information on the Tesla Model 3 announcement, click here.