Thursday, October 05, 2006

Who Killed the Electric Car ?

Heard a friend mentioned about this show the other day and I got a chance to watch it yesterday night. If you cared about the future and wish for freedom from the petroleum giants you should definately watch this show. It's really an eye opener !!

Well before watching the show I have heard of electric cars though I never knew they went "obsolete" and also the real reason as to why they never sold a whole lot of electric cars.

The film showcased the EV1 made by GM and how California took the bold move to have a mandate for pollution free cars. Apart from that it also showcased the various parties that played a role in the death of the electric cars and how the owners tried their very hardest to get back the cars they loved driving.

Oddly enough California later on got sued by some of the car manufacturers and were "forced" to ebolish the mandate. Strange as it may seem but all the electric cars that were sold to people were actually leased and the car manufacturers later on recalled all the electric cars which were then destroyed and from what I can remember this involved companies like Toyota,Honda and even GM.

Just because it's an electric car doesn't mean it can't go. There was one car which had higher capacity batteries that did 0-60mph in 4-5sec which is pretty damn quick and on average the electric car goes about 100-130miles per charge which is more than what an average user travels in a day. I myself only travel around 100km a day and the electric car seems to suit my requirements perfectly. One of the comments made in the film was the electric car definately was not for everyone as it only fits 90% of the population requirements. This got me laughing. hahaha

Go ahead and get hold of the show and watch how even the government played a part in the death of the electric car. Electric cars are not the thing of the future nor should it be a part of the past. They should be running on our streets saving consumers from the petroleum giants and at the same time saving our planet !!!


patrick said...

Watched "Who Killed the Electric Car" recently (great documentary), then i heard that GM and Tesla are making another run at the electric car (yay for progress!) hopefully development of this technology can continue forward uninterrupted by the powers that depend on oil consumption.