Originally posted by twhitehead
Although solar on cars is an interesting concept, far more important right now is the price of batteries which Tesla will bring down through mass production techniques.
Also of interest will be the major disruption that electric cars and autonomous driving will bring to the car business. Electric cars require less maintenance and autonomous driving shoul ...[text shortened]... ured and the parts business will drop significantly. Add to this all drivers being out of a job.
Well don't hold your breath on the elimination of drivers. There may be a sea change in the parts business, for sure less combustion engine parts but there are still tires, steering, struts, shock absorbers, none of those go away as the result of an electric engine.
The best use of electrics is one wheel, one motor, the motor built into the wheel assembly, and one for each wheel, four per vehicle. The whole design of the auto will be up for grabs if that happens.
Still gonna need all that steering stuff and windsheild wipers and heaters and air conditioning and radio's and amps and speakers and players of whatever tech is popular at that point in the future where electrics overtake combustion.