Who Killed the Electric Car
We've all heard something about electric cars, but many of us know little more than that you just plug them in and that they tend to have limited range. What we didn't know is that there was sufficient technology for electric cars that would meet most of our needs a decade ago. Of course electric cars had limited range when they first came out, but they were easier to charge than fueling up at the pump and required practically no maintenance.
One would assume that such vehicles would be readily available today if they had been so great, but one has to also consider what this would mean to America's most dominant industries. It's clear why an electric car would be bad for the fuel industry, but why would the automotive industry have such fear of their own product? Internal combustion engines require routine maintenance and often require the replacement of varied parts that are worn down by the very process by which they operate, making for a great and continued source of income for the automobile industry. It would be bad business for car makers to shoot themselves in the foot and produce long lasting cars that even further cut out the need for replacement parts, as they would soon find out.
In 1996 GM released the EV1, a fully electric, low maintenance, NiMH battery powered car, and leased out 800 of them in the state of California. Although they cost $500 per month and 50 cents per mile, there was a great demand for them and people eagerly filled out the ever-lengthening waiting lists until the program was shut down in 2003. GM soon realized how unprofitable the EV1 would ultimately be, so in spite of demand they collected every last car and literally destroyed every last one.
Of course with today's technology, it's possible to charge a battery of much greater capacity within as little as a single minute, so it stands to reason that we could all be driving pollution free cars without fear that the fuel industry will continue to tear at our economy by means of overwhelming monopoly.
The first step to change is to become informed, and the more people that know the truth, the greater the pressure on the industry to provide what we ought to have already had for years now.
Find out more by watching the movie "Who Killed the Electric Car", reading about electric cars on Wikipedia, and keeping up with new advancements in the technology.
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Who Killed the Electric Car is a documentary about Electric Cars, Hybrids, Hydrogen and the future of transportation.
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