One of the largest problems humanity faces in the 21st century is reaching the population threshold. Now, this threshold isn't an exact number like you might think, but rather a zone where economic prosperity and living conditions are subjected to stagnation or even worse, decline, due to lack of infrastructure, resources, and space. One of the most popular solutions to this issue is creating smart cities.
Smart cities are essentially brand new cities constructed from the ground up with alternative infrastructural plans. Instead of starting with a simple road system that could be expanded on in years to come (a horrible project that we are all too familiar with), smart cities ask the question; how can we make it so that no one needs a car? The crux of a smart city is its sustainability. Renewable power sources, eco friendly materials, and economic opportunity that can all boost the quality of life as well as the scalability of the city. The most popular example of a smart city is The Line. The Line is a futuristic smart linear city in Saudi Arabia that is currently under construction, which is designed to have no cars, streets or carbon emissions. This city is being constructed where the desert meets the red sea. Certainly a massive project that will take decades to complete, however this inspiration can be used on a more local level. There are plenty of European cities that lack major motorways and instead elect for bike paths or canals for commuting. While smart cities may be far from a reality for most of us, the things we can do to make sustainable advances are fully present.
For those of us who cannot bike or paddle to work, an electric vehicle is just about as good as it can get for the time being. Public transportation is mostly a joke in the U.S. and over 76% of Americans require a car for their work commute. Home solar is a phenomenal idea and every year solar households grow, however the investment is a large one and seldom makes true financial sense with long-term, high-interest loans. Localized energy production is a true solution and a niche that is growing by the day. Automotive solar can allow for 100% clean transportation without the incredibly tacky, expensive, and random electric charging stations. This is just another way to charge EV owners without eliminating any of the problems. Even if EV charging stations were as popular as gas stations, we would still have the issue of waiting, paying, and finding them.
The technology that will become readily available in the solar cell industry as well as the battery and drivetrain markets in the next 5 years will blow our minds with the level of efficiency. Companies like Aptera and Lightyear are laying the ground work for truly sustainable transportation and EV Solar Kits is here to aid that journey for millions of EV owners looking to bridge the gap. Smart cities require smart transportation, let's start with an easy choice today instead of waiting for the future.