It wasn’t too long ago when Mesa was far away from Paradise Valley, no open stretches of freeway connecting them. It wasn’t long ago that there were bits and parcels of open desert separating one city from another, Scottsdale from Phoenix, Phoenix from Tempe, dividing the Valley of the Sun like a collection of individual villages. Things change though.
Now Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix are largely indistinguishable, at least to the non-native eye, and one could travel through the main arteries of each city on the light rail (another modern change). The change is increasing in pace, by many estimates the world has changed more in the past 10 years than it had in the previous 30. When I was a child we drove a Pinto, and the radio dial was broken and stuck on a country station. Now the Pinto is no more, and people listen to the radio via their phones that are actually miniature computers/communication towers/entertainment libraries. Things change.
Things change, and the Phoenix Valley area is changing with it. The light rail is popular with every demographic it could possibly reach. People are moving closer to their jobs. And people are looking for jobs in the urban centers, trying to build a life where one is no longer a slave to the freeway and the gas pump, but is rather within 10 minutes of work, gym, family, nightlife, and culture. People are simplifying, and they are thinking of how to maximize their time and material.
This emerging set of values spans from the groceries an individual buys, to the manner in which a population gets from point a to point b. By 2032 the Phoenix Valley Metro Light Rail will criss cross the entire Valley, rendering cars unnecessary for students and many others who would use public transportation exclusively if it were viable.
Then we have the car. Will the cars of the future look very different than they do today? Of course they will. The cars of today look very different from the cars of a few years ago. Things change, and change is exciting. The common cars of the future, if they could be called common, will, following the pace of improvement set in recent years, be both aesthetically beautiful and sound as a tempered anvil in the engineering department.
The best future forward example of this new vehicle of tomorrow is the Honda EV-STER, an electric rear-wheel-drive two-seater convertible sports car. The adoption of carbon materials made it possible to reduce the vehicle weight contributing to the vehicle’s high driving performance and range of approximately 100 miles.
Originally debuted as a concept vehicle this year at the Tokyo Motor Show, it is rapidly becoming something more. The vehicle received such high critical acclaim at the Motor Show that Honda has already decided to green-light the project and put it into production. Sources suggest that the concept will successfully morph into a full production model sometime in 2012.
This is the sort of vehicle that will lead Phoenix into the automotive future. Phoenix Valley automotive enthusiasts can keep an eye out for the Honda EV-STER at their local Phoenix Valley Honda dealer sometime late in 2012.