Who Killed The Electric Car?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

OK. You need to see this film.

You also need to tell everyone you know about it. It's a fascinating and revealing insight into how oil companies and auto manufacturers are telling us what products we want.

Well, I want an electric car and as you know the customer is always right!

For those of you who don't know. In 1993 California adopted strict regulations demanding that 10% of all cars sold in the state would have ZERO emmissions - the ZEV mandate. Zero Emmissions Vehicle Mandate.

The cars took the shape of electric vehicles. There was the EV1 from General Motors, a RAV 4 EV, and even a Honda EV.

They cost substantially less per mile, they had no exhaust gases, 90% of the popululation could commute the distances they needed in them. People loved them. They were quiet, sleek, fast and cost way less.

Predictably General Motors, among many other car manufacturers instigated a legal action which ultimately led to the demise of the electric car. All of the EV1's on the road were taken back by GM and crushed.

From wikipedia:

"Fearful of losing business to a competing technology, they supported efforts to kill the ZEV mandate. They also bought patents to prevent modern NiMH batteries from being used in US electric cars."

Car companies

"Negative marketing, sabotaging their own product program, failure to produce cars to meet existing demand, unusual business practices with regards to leasing versus sales. The film only explains this behavior once, saying that electric cars needed fewer expensive repairs and would hence not make the car companies as much money over the long term as gasoline-powered cars.

The film also describes the history of automaker efforts to destroy competing technologies, such as their destruction through front companies of public transit systems in the United States in the early 20th century. It also, in one interview, mentions that automakers introduced important safety and emissions innovations including seat belts, airbags and catalytic converters only when forced by government legislation. "

California Air Resources Board

"The CARB, headed by Alan Lloyd, caved to industry pressure and repealed the ZEV mandate. Lloyd was given the directorship of the new fuel cell institute, creating an inherent conflict of interest. Footage shot in the meetings showed how he shut down the ZEV proponents while giving the car makers all the time they wanted to make their points. "

I'll have more on this story soon, but this is just the barest of facts on how we've all been denied access to clean, efficient car ownership.

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patrick February 29, 2008 at 2:53 AM  

Watched "Who Killed the Electric Car" recently, great documentary, then i heard that GM is making another run at the electric car (yay for progress!) i just hope development of this technology can go on unhindered by the corporations that depend on oil consumption

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