We watched Who Killed the Electric Car last night on the Tivo. I am surprised that I have not watched before, but I guess I figured it would just be a rant. Surprisingly, I felt they had a very balanced message, rightfully placing the blame on pretty much everyone.
- Consumers – wanting huge SUV’s instead of smaller efficient vehicles
- Car Companies – Too addicted to ICE (Internal Combustion Engine)
- Gas Companies – wanting to preserve current profits $$$
- Government – Not mandating change
- CARB – Switching from a mandate for electric to hydrogen at the last minute
The funny part is that if Toyota, GM, and Ford all had continued production of their EV’s, they would be selling like hot cakes today. Toyota had a very usable RAV EV, GM had the EV1, and Ford had the Th!nk, which they have since sold to a European firm. All of these cars were in production, and could be sold today. And, with the advances in battery technology (imagine a EV1 with LiON batteries!), they would be even better, and cheaper.
Let’s hope the car companies can get their EV’s back into production, and start getting practical PHEV’s into production.
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