posted on Oct, 29 2016 @ 01:55 AM
At the age of 5 I determined that I wanted to design cars for a living. Yes, I am a "Gear-head".
When I graduated from high school, I secured a scholarship to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA to study transportation
The dream lasted one semester.
But I never lost my appreciation, and wonton lust, for beautifully designed cars.
Unfortunately, the demands for ever increasing fuel efficiency have resulted in an ever increasing emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency in automotive
design. This emphasis on aerodynamics has led to the the homogenization of automotive design.
I once took a picture of a late model BMW, a Mercedes-Benz, a Ford, a Chevrolet, a Honda, a Kia, and a Toyota parked diagonally, side by side.
You would have been hard pressed to tell one from the other if you weren't familiar with their subtle differences. They all shared the same, basic
body shape, to a disturbing degree, all in the name of optimized aerodynamics.
And all because their makers, tied to the internal combustion engine, desperately needed to squeeze every last drop of fuel efficiency from those
Sacrificing individuality and excitement.
But now we have the advent of the EV!
If responsibly sourced, the electric "fuel" this new breed consumes need not be tied to stringently controlled hydrocarbon emissions; at least not
at the individual vehicle level.
Aerodynamic efficiency need no longer be a priority in consideration of pure design.
We can have cars with Style once again!
Imagine an electric car with the style and flair of a 1939 Mercedes 500SK, or a 1959 Cadillac Coupe Deville convertible!
Fuel efficiency need no longer be the cornerstone of a design: we Can bring Sexy Back to automotive design!
What would you like to see that doesn't look like a jelly bean on four wheels?
Maybe someone should contact Elon Musk and make a suggestion?