Who Killed the Electric Car?

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Who Killed the Electric Car? – Dec 31, 2010

Who Killed the Electric Car? It was among the fastest, most efficient production cars ever built. It ran on electricity, produced no emissions and catapulted American technology to the forefront of the automotive industry. The lucky few who drove it never wanted to give it up. So why did General Motors crush its fleet of EV1 electric vehicles in the Arizona desert?


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10 thoughts on “Who Killed the Electric Car?

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  2. It response to some or ur comments: SOLAR ENERGY produces FREE electricity…
    This blog entry was created back in April…I bet you naysayers wish GM didnt KILL the ELECTRIC Car…now they are producing the VOLT – an overpriced HYBRID which GM claims is ELECTRIC

  3. I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out why this silly film claims that GM killed the electric car (everyone who knows the technology knows that the Model T killed the electric, in 1906) – whatever happened to that Toyota Rav4 electric or the Honda EV? Those programs were also kiled but the film blames GM, which had that crappy EV-1 on the market for 6 years(!). Most car models aren’t even produced for 6 years. GM should have realized at the outset that batteries were way too expensive, slow to recharge (8 hours for the EV-1) and too heavy (1200 pounds!!)
    to work in an electric car. California also screwed the public by blocking plug-in hybrids, a technology that COULD have worked.

    The EV-1 (NOT amongst the fastest, although on a cold day it was certainly the slowest) was considered by automotive experts one of the worst (and most pointless) cars ever built. With $24,000 battery pack that lasted 5 years, it certainly WAS one of the most expensive cars to maintain ever built. It couldn’t guarantee a safe return to a destination a mere 35 miles away. Wow, my kind of car – a car that can’t meet even my most basic transportation needs.

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  5. Today on june 9th 2008-I was deleted by wecansolveit.org-

    the organization looking for alternative energy for america has deleted me- the man who solved the energy crisis-

    why- because i say I am a messenger of god

    you want your cake and eat it too- you want life exactly the way you want it and not told by another

    you dont pick your messengers- they are chosen-

    i had enough- i have now endured 13 months on this net being deleted by every arrogant organization run by humans and just regular folk like you who have always ignored my messages since my time upon the net-

    well i am done with your stupidity-

    let your oil prices go up- let your food prices go up- watch your economies crumble- see your jobs lost- get rid of all your pet animals as you cannot feed your family and pet dog as so many are giving them to the pound-

    I have come openly with a solution 13 months ago only to be ignored-

    now a gluttonous world playing on the internet shall all learn how primitive man is and must be civil to one another- instead of shunning someone bringing forth a solution- in the months to follow- you will learn there is no alternative fuel- panic mode will set in very soon-

    when you understand clearly how important energy is- i guess your arragance will stop and just implement my scientific deeds – as for my messenger duties- it will make sense in time- all is well- but it will only get better after your destruction- i am sorry i have to say this- but it is I who has now watched you completely ignore and ridicule a man of god- as always you will learn the hard way-

    time will tell

    solomon azar

  6. There is plenty of electricity to recharge electric car batteries… IF the bulk of the charging is done at night. This greatly benefits the power company as indicated by their support of EVs. There is abundant energy available IF we want to use it. Wind, Solar, Tidal all of which are available… it’s just they have the inconvenient knack of not being there when you want them. (night, calm weather etc.). So the solution is to develop methods of storing energy for use at these times. Not saying this is cheap but it COULD be done today. Look at the amount of solar installations taking place in Europe!!!!!

  7. the energy to produce electricity to charge the electric car is what killed it! thus, until a clean abundant fuel to make cheap electricity is truly found will this reality come to fruition- my name is solomon sami azar- i have done so with my experiments – time will tell-

    tell someone to prove me wrong- but it would be nicer if you prove me right

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