With governments around the world moving to ban petrol and diesel cars, there’s scepticism around electric vehicles (EVs) that some may find rather shocking. For some businesses, “eco-friendly” is just a positive marketing label; for many thinkers, hybrid engines are a more likely future. The reality is that the journey to a truly sustainable automotive value chain is a long and bumpy road. The challenge for the sector is to create something that is good for people, planet and profit at all stages of production, from raw material extraction to after-sales, as well as disposal. Fully-sustainable and renewably-powered fleets of cars, let alone lorries, could be a long-haul destination. But the industry is witnessing the emergence of an army of visionaries with powerful investment pitches.
Designers and motor manufacturers are turning into reality the mythic visions of cars that fly, hands-free driving, and clean engines that tell you how they’re feeling. Our team took a peek under the bonnet of the auto industry to see how the rest of the sector is keeping up – and discovered some worrying cases of myopia.
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