Telsa are definitely changing perceptions - good call.
I'd have to nominate the Prius - the first commercially successful hybrid. Don't like it. Don't understand why you'd add expensive hybrid tech to a gasolene engine to get the same mileage you get from a regular TDI - why wouldn't you add the hybrid tech to a TDI - but it is indisputably a break through vehicle.
At the complete opposite end of the scale, probably half the break through vehicle tech of the last 60 years first appeared on the Mercedes S Class. And it's still way ahead in some areas - double glazed windows, anyone?
That XL1 is actually pretty extraordinary: that's pretty close to being a practical vehicle. The only issues are the 2 seats and maybe luggage space (not mentioned in the article), but they'd probably only be an issue for me maybe once a month, if that.
.. and politically: significantly reduce demand for oil, prices fall and suddenly a whole bunch of politically problematic countries - e.g. just about everywhere in the Middle East, Russia, Venezuela etc etc - don't matter nearly so much.
In fact, the only downside would be reduced profits for oil companies, but bigger picture: pretty much every other part of the economy benefits.
Such a no brainer you have to wonder why the world has been not so much moving as dashing headlong in the opposite direction
Last edited by SiempreTuna; October 11th, 2013 at 03:26 AM.