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Who Killed the Electric Car?

Who Killed the Electric Car?I know this has nothing to do with SEO, but it does relate to technology and, well, I just feel the need to let folks know about this documentary, which I missed when it was originally shown in a limited number of theaters.

I recently watched the Who Killed the Electric Car? DVD and must say, it is an eye opener. I was in California when the state mandated that car manufacturers produce vehicles with zero emissions. While it was in place, I saw all kinds of electric cars here in the Palm Springs desert – the EV1, Honda and others. That was well over a decade ago.

Apparently, the auto companies, with help from the oil companies and politicians, convinced California to drop the mandate, and the electric cars were immediately pulled from consumers who loved them! The EV1 electric car that is followed in this documentary is one hot little car, but GM killed it, recalled all of them (they could only be leased) and destroyed them rather than sell to consumers who were begging to buy the vehicles.

So, we’ve had the technology for a quiet, practical around town electric car for years. The Japanese got the message and started producing hybrids, while the USA car companies came out with gas guzzlers like the Hummer.

Now, we are paying for big business greed and politics.

This should be required viewing for every American citizen. I highly encourage everyone to watch this. In addition to purchasing a DVD, Netflix has it. For more information on the movie, see the site.

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3 thoughts on “Who Killed the Electric Car?

  1. Such a shame. Had GM continued marketing and research on electric vehicles like the EV1 over the past decade, they would be the darling of Wall Street today instead of struggling to survive!

  2. I caught “Saving General Motors” on CNBC the other night. They briefly mentioned the EV1 and the uproar when GM killed it while discussing the new Chevy Volt.

    Can we say D-O-O-M-E-D? The Volt looks kind of cool, but first, they are estimating the cost to be $45k or higher! Second, it only runs on electricity for the first 40 miles, then a gasoline engine kicks in.

    Sorry, but this is a loser as far as I am concerned. I want an electric car like the EV1 that can go 100 miles on a charge for running around town. And, I don’t want it to cost an arm and a leg.

    At GM’s price model, few will want the Volt except those well off enough to pay high gas prices anyway.

    Just my opinion.

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