Hoods will be shorter, no need for them, but we probably wont see cab over designs such as the old Type 2 (compare the drivers seating position of the Type 2 and Buzz). Overhangs will also be reduced, at least at the front. Cars will become taller though. Wheelbase could also stretch to allow for sufficient crash structure between the front wheels and driver/front passenger.
RWD makes a return!
I haven't done any research, so maybe its known to many except me... I wonder about accidents, with regards to rollovers. If there are batteries all long the underside of a car, the car is in a bad accident and rolls over, passenger still inside of car. Now you've got a bunch of batteries, hopefully still sealed, hanging over you (because the car rolled over). I wonder if this is tested at all or if I'm just making up BS. Getting t boned, rolling over, and then having batteries leaking onto you while you sit in the car seems pretty awful.
Just like the tank of highly flammable liquid which is probably in your current vehicle on the other side of ITS steel floor pan.
"I wonder about accidents, with regards to rollovers. If there is a tank of highly flammable liquid on the underside of a car, the car is in a bad accident and rolls over, passenger still inside of car. Now you've got a bunch of flammable liquid that is explosive in the right conditions, hopefully still sealed, hanging over you (because the car rolled over). I wonder if this is tested at all or if I'm just making up BS. Getting t boned, rolling over, and then having flammable liquid leaking onto you while you sit in the car seems pretty awful."
See what I did there?
For now its a "unique case".... because few manufacturers are willing to put the money into BEV development as it stands... also they recently said they were not going to kill it off... just keep moving forward with battery upgrades and what-not for at least 3-4 more years... i know it wont be a "new" generation, just visual facelifts and better battery tech...
i guess the point i was trying to make is that there is already a car out there with a very minimal "hood" that still meets crash-standards and shows what could happen in the future... not saying its the solution.
Im well aware of construction... I have been shopping them for quite a few months now... and please, if you can find a new one for around $40k, point me in the direction, lol... most of them, even base models new go for right around $50k......
used is the way to buy... as depreciation on them is laughable... ive been waiting to buy, as newer 17's come off-lease and they received the larger 94kwh battery pack that extended range.
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Changing times? I think the Cybertruck is telling for whats to come next. The ultra sloped window for visibility because the motor isn't there. Everything has a aerodynamic focus. Basically a Lego style build and development (motor front/back battery in between). A ton of glass and camera's.
I think your going to see a change in gas stations more then anything. I see your local Starbucks offering several charging ports for your morning commute. Parking meters changing to charging stations. That sort of thing.