Who killed the electric car? Have you seen this movie?
June 14, 2007 7:02am CST
I watched it last night. I must admit I had no clue what had happened to the electric cars in california. I also had no idea that all of them were only leased and that at the end of the lease they called back all the cars only to crush every last one except one they sent to a museum (after dissabling it). The movie last night claimed that they had purposely used inferior batteries which could have given the range that people wanted. In fact GM had bought controlling stock in a company that would have been able to produce bateries that would have allowed the electric car to travel up to 300 miles without a recharge. Strangely enuff after they pulled all the cars off the market GM sold their shares of this stock to the oil industry. One electric car was able to travel over 300 miles on a single charge while driving at 70 miles per hour. This car was also able to go from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. I also learned alot about fuel cells last night and the fact of the matter is it looks as if its not something that is even possible to achieve. It looks as if we have been lead to believe that fuel cells which will never be capable of holding enuff hydrogen for most peoples satisfaction is going to cost 3 times what gas does, has been given tons of money by our government for research, and will be controlled by the very same companies that have been sticking it to us for years. While the technology for electric cars are already here, the batteries for long drives are already here and the myth that its not any better because its using electricity from coal bruning plants, is its actually less damaging than using gas. The former owners of these leased vehicles tried to get GM to sell them the vehicles, especially the last 80 that were left at a GM facility in california but instead GM took the cars out and had them crushed and scrapped. I dont know something sure smells rotten in all this. It sounds like the automotive companies only began to sell them because they had their arm twisted and than they got a big payoff to get rid of them all so that the thoguht of switching from gas to electric would never even have a chance in the publics eye.
• United States
23 Jun 07
I doubt anything will ever change, it woudl probly take a world revolution to break the power that the oil company has world wide. I used to be all for hydrogen fuel cells but I think thats just a pipe dream invented by the oil companies now.