A lot of attention is given to new exciting technologies and it is easy to forget that one of the most important challenges is to make the current solutions around us sustainable.
The building stock and existing cars need to more into the 21st century in order for us to avoid enormous problems. The resource and energy use by the “fossil” infrastructure will not only result in environmental destruction and dangerous climate change, tensions between countries/companies that need the natural resources is already resulting in conflicts around the world.
There is still no mainstream way of converting your old fossil car to an electric version, but eCars-Now! Want to put an end to this. This initiative aim to crowdsource the electric car.
It is pioneering work of the kind we might look back on in 20 years and wonder why this was not given a higher priority. Worst case it will “only” provide important experience and inspirations to others. The initiative has done what few manages to do, turn a visionary idea into reality when the eCorolla got registered to road traffic.
This is how they describe the initiative:
“eCars - Now! is an open community devoted to develop high quality electric car conversions available for EVeryone. We want modern electric cars on the road. As quickly as we can, as affordable as we can, and as widely available as we can.”
More information is available here
The best with the app/supporting initiative
The fact that it takes current challenges and try to turn them into parts of the solutions. Too much focus is spent on totally new products as most companies just want to sell more, this initiative both:
1. address the fact that the current stock also needs to be sustainable.
2. reducing the destructive over-consumption.
The weak parts of the app/supporting initiative
- Could be more transparent so that even those just visiting the page could get a better graphic overview of what is happening in the process and what parts that require more working.
- The institutional challenges would also be good to present more clearly, building an electric car is only part of the challenge. Much of the rules and regulations today are in favor of old solutions.
What could accelerate this app/supporting initiative into a world changer?
> It is already a world changer, albeit on a small scale. By allowing people to transform their cars into electric vehicles
> The acceleration could take place in at least four ways:
1. Clearly explain what is lacking so that people could identify needs and use their networks to ensure that the capacity needed could be identified
2. Better explain how current rules, regulations and structures is holding smart solutions back
3. Explain the experience of the open source approach so that groups in other areas could learn from eCarsNow.
4. Better support a shift from car ownership to mobility as a service
How direct is the delivery of the result the app tries to achieve
- Long shot
How transformative is it
- A new world
- A major shift
- A bit of a shake-up
- A gentle rocking
How much does it encourage collaborations
How much are new networks supported
- Strong support for global networks?
- Currently encourages new forms of collaboration
- Provides interesting opportunities in the future
- Restricted to a small (expert) group
What synergies can be delivered
How well does it also solve other problems/generate solutions
- It solves everything
- Several important challenges
- Some important challenges
- Only one challenge
Nine billion contribution
How global is it? Is it helping/will it help everyone on the planet
- Instant global equality
- Almost global
- Getting (incrementally) global
- Not applicable
Building on current trends
How well does it use current trends
- The app is setting new trends by itself
- Building on multiple trends
- Effectively building on one trend
- Not really building on any major trend
How fast can it deliver
- It's already happening
- In the coming weeks
- In a year or so
- In a distant future (hopefully)
Does it support transformative transparency
- Brave new transparency
- Transparency that is innovative (never seen before)
- Increased transparency, but nothing innovative
- No increase in transparency