The Car of the Future: Beyond Energy and Emissions

by , 09/16/08

gina12.jpgBMW’s cloth-covered GINA concept car

What will the cars of tomorrow be made from? Recently we were asked by Best of the Green Web to compose our thoughts about the future of personal transportation into a three part series. Sustainability encompasses more than energy and emissions, so our second installment explores the lifecycle of tomorrow’s car. From eco-friendly interiors to fully recyclable vehicles, the cars of tomorrow need to be built from the ground up with sustainability in mind. Check out Best of the Green Web for the full article!

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  1. Recessions. Fire sales.... September 21, 2008 at 1:55 am

    […] and WHOA there’s THIS about the future of cars at inhabitat! […]

  2. Steve N. Lee September 17, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Yes, cradle to the grave thinking is needed (but not only with regards to cars).

    I recently read about Volkswagen’s new ‘bluemotion’ polo which gets 74mpg. In the accompanying bumpf it said they’re currently building plants which will enable them to recover 95% of the materials for reuse/recycling.

    That’s fantastic, if it’s true. Makes you want to know why everything can’t be manufactured in that way. But then we all know the simple answer to that, don’t we? Profit! It costs a lot to redesign, retool, re-engineer. Sadly, most manufacturers don’t see the ‘profit’ in looking after the planet. Yet.

    Let’s hope that situation changes in the not too distant future.

    Steve N. Lee
    author of eco-blog
    and suspense thriller ‘What if…?’

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