There are many designers and innovators in the aviation and automotive sectors who believe that in the near future our cars will be made of carbon nanotubes and graphene coatings in a set of composite materials. If you doubt this is going to happen, just look at the Boeing 787, and all the carbon composites being used in the automotive industry to make the cars lighter in weight so they get better miles per gallon. Lighter weight means better performance and less fuel usage. There are some drawbacks and challenges with all of this, and so perhaps we should discuss it.You see, these materials if not coated properly will collect energy from the friction of the air moving past. Perhaps this energy might be used for propulsion or to generate electricity for the onboard computer system and what have you. Still, that could be a complicated mathematical equation, especially for vehicles moving at high rates of speed or varying rates of speed, because that would mean varying amounts of electricity coming into the system, all of which must be considered, and dealt with.Then there is another challenge which we should all be thinking about. What about solar flares, and CME’s? These materials will gather electrons, and that could be quite dangerous, they might even catch on fire. That’s even more alarming because some carbon composite materials give off dangerous gases when they catch fire.There was an interesting article posted onto the Popular Mechanics website titled; “The Looming Threat of a Solar Superstorm,” by Lee Billings on January 23, 2012 which stated; “A coronal mass ejection now hurtling toward Earth should arrive during the Tuesday morning commute-possibly disrupting navigation and the power grid. Meanwhile, a radiation storm has been pummeling the planet all day. Experts warn this isn’t the first warning shot sent by the Sun; the next one could immobilize modern technology, and civilization, altogether.”In this article the author pondered if ion-lithium batteries would help prevent over boosting from a massive solar flare? Okay so, if you will recall the historical solar flare of 1859, the Carrington Event, there were telegraphs caught fire, and other electrical equipment which did as well. Also consider back then much of this electrical equipment contained copper, and there too were batteries around. Now then, what if we got another dose of such a storm, also consider our somewhat weakened magnetic field.Can our modern day electronics handle it? What about our future homes, cars, and aircraft made from carbon composites containing carbon nanotube and graphene layers? Remember they conduct electricity extremely well, that’s why we will use them as those extra properties on top of their inherent strength add many possibilities, uses, and applications as well. If you’d like to discuss this at a much higher level, and have a good amount of engineering experience with these futuristic high-tech materials you may shoot me an e-mail.