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    If students can, why not the car manufacturers

    Are the car manufacturers not motivated or is it the oil companies?

    Solar car less power than a toaster
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1 View Post
    Are the car manufacturers not motivated or is it the oil companies?

    Solar car less power than a toaster
    Well, one of the issues is that by law, any production car must meet certain safety/crashworthiness standards. These standards have (thus far) imposed either a weight penalty (lethal to a solar car, or at least to the ones I've seen) or high cost (for exotic materials). The government would have to rescind or relax the current onerous safety standards, which in my opinion would be good policy.

    "Safety" is not the be-all/end-all of car design; there needs to be a balance struck between efficiency and performance and safety, etc. It ought to be up to consumers to express their preference - and the automakers to meet those preferences. As it stands, the government dictates and the automakers build - and we have no choice.

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