It’s no secret that gas-burning cars create lot of air pollution over their life-cycle. Both carbon monoxide and nitrous oxides from automobiles rank among the top contributors for human-caused global warming. Motor vehicles in the U.S. alone contribute to over 75% of the carbon monoxide pollution seen on an everyday basis. This pollution can be especially dangerous when isolated to the fragile ecosystems of Earth’s islands. In addition to the pollution gas-burning cars emit, the cost of importing gasoline to islands can make gas prices exorbitant. We’re looking to design a vehicle that eliminates this problem. Establishing a standard for electric island vehicles would not only address the issue of pollution, but it would also lead the way in exemplifying how much of an impact clean transportation can have on an environment.
TRAFFIC / CONGESTION
Traffic has long been seen as a primary issue with on-island transportation. In most instances, islands have a finite amount of space to build infrastructure and roads. Therefore, adding roads in an attempt to spread out traffic is often times not possible. In designing a low-speed island EV, we want to appeal to all people on the island and make it so that this vehicle is seen as the most reliable transportation for everyone. In doing this, we can eliminate the number of vehicle owners and, in turn, the number of cars on the roads.
The glamorous vacation destination of an island is often a go-to for those looking to truly get away. Whether it be a honeymoon, family vacation, or simply a leisure-trip, islands are known for bringing in tourists year-round. Many of whom stay at resorts and get around on a trusty golf cart. Replacing both the gas-powered and electric golf carts with a low speed EV would:
Cut gas consumption, and save money by not having to fill a tank with expensive imported oil
Create a sustainable and locally recyclable way to deal with the stream of tourists needing transportation options. Fingers crossed we can even solve for using this golf cart replacement to reduce tourist traffic on main roads!
Island infrastructure goes through a lot: unpredictable weather, heavy traffic, and ever changing waves of tourists. Unpredictable terrain on an island can lead to vehicle damage that can, in turn, lead to very expensive repairs (ordering parts to a remote location isn’t exactly cheap). By creating a low-maintenance vehicle, we can worry less about terrain and more about getting to a destination safely on time.
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