Can you imagine what it would be like to access this Tesla website, select a Tesla model (any body configuration from the classic Tesla roadster, Model S, Model X or any future configuration), ANY exterior or interior color , buy it and have a have it the next day? What about having a vehicle that is as safe as the Tesla Model S, but at half the weight and one fifth the price, with virtually indestructible body panels and glass and, on properly equipped roads, unlimited mileage? It is already possible, using existing or emerging technology.
Practically any material can be 3D printed,including metals. It should be possible to create a 3D printer that could print the entire vehicle, including the tires and glass. The weight reduction would allow for a smaller electric motor and supercapacitors integrated into the body panels would drastically reduce charging times as well as electric storage costs. Interior fabrics could be made from hemp cloth, exterior panels from hemp plastic (Henry Ford slammed a sledge hammer into a hemp plastic concept car in 1940, without leaving a mark). Hemp can be dyed to virtually any color. Gorilla glass is virtually unbreakable. A 3D printer, plus enclosure could likely fit into a two car garage. About the only hazardous waste would probably fit into an enclosure the size of a car battery, waste management and environmental impact would be negligible. Given the demand for such low cost, high capability vehicles, small printer facilities could be placed even in small towns. However, an auto-drive system would even make that unnecessary. Now, possibly, the best part. Using induction power transmission, the vehicle could be charged wirelessly, even while it is being driven. Induction systems for municipal buses are already in operation in Germany, South Korea and several other countries. These big buses receive a small charge at every passenger stop.
Mr. Elon Musk, you could probably develop an entire line of vehicles for a fraction of the cost of development of the original Tesla roadster. What do you think? In fact, what does everyone who reads this post think? Your comments, including valid criticisms would be appreciated.