Who Killed the Electric Car? (DVD)

December 26, 2008 by  
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“What is the danger of the electric car? The danger is that it can stop you from buying oil.” — Who Killed the Electric Car?

You won’t find a General Motors EV-1 on the streets of your city, my city, or any city. It’s dead, and GM  killed it. But why?

Chris Paine’s film is as much a mystery as it is a documentary. It raises questions about why the EV-1 isn’t around anymore. The vehicle was fast and quiet, produced no emissions, and was fun to drive. But it didn’t use gas. Is that why GM refused to renew any leases and crushed or completely disabled every single EV-1?

Now would be a perfect time to watch this video, when GM is asking for a bailout to help the car maker stay alive. They were a leader in zero-emission vehicles in the early 1990s, until they killed the electric car. Perhaps every lawmaker should see this video before our government gives GM a check.

Julia Wasson

Blue Planet Green Living (Home Page)

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5 Responses to “Who Killed the Electric Car? (DVD)”

  1. sherry on December 27th, 2008 7:48 am

    It would cost the equivalent of 60 cents a gallon to charge and drive an electric car. The electricity to charge the car could come from solar or wind generated electricity. If all gasoline cars, trucks, and suv’s instead had plug-in electric drive trains, the amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota. Why don’t we use some of the billions in bail out money to bail us out of our dependence on foreign oil?OPEC will continue to cut production until they achieve their desired 80-100 per barrel again. We are at their mercy. We really need to get on about the business of becoming energy independent. This past year and the record gas prices played a huge part in our economic meltdown and seriously damaged our economy and society.We keep planning to spend BILLIONS on bailouts and stimulus plans.Bail us out of our dependence on foreign oil. Make electric plug in car technology more affordable. I just read an amazing new book by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now. http://www.themanhattnaprojectof2009.com Create cheap clean energy, create millions of badly needed green collar jobs. Put America back to work. It is a win-win situation. We have to become more proactive citizens, educate ourselves and demand our elected officials move this country forward into the era of energy independence. We need to stop talking about becoming energy independent and do everything in our power to make it happen. We need to use some of those bailout billions to invest in America becoming Energy Independent!

  2. Julia Wasson on December 27th, 2008 8:32 am

    Dear Sherry,

    Thank you for your response. Joe and I couldn’t agree with you more. We’ll take a look at Jeff Wilson’s book. Your suggestion is much appreciated.

    We all need to let our lawmakers know what we think on this topic — and so many others. If we stand silent, we will get what we deserve, not what we want.

    Julia

  3. Jake on December 29th, 2008 4:22 pm

    I wrote a paper on electric transportation for a class a few semesters back, specifically on comparing emissions from a car with a gasoline engine to one powered by electricity. I found that even with an old, dirty, coal-fired power plant, you’re still reducing the amount of emissions by more than fifty percent. Of course, that number increases dramatically when you use a cleaner form of electricity.

    Speaking of electricity, I’ve always wondered why we haven’t invested more in solar power. What if we took a few square miles of desert out in Nevada or Arizona and covered it with solar panels, particularly the latest generation of cheap, printable panels rather than the expensive, silicone-based one? Repeat this on a grand scale and you start to put a real dent in our nation’s energy usage.

  4. Joe Hennager on December 30th, 2008 11:52 am

    Jake, actually, they are. Deserts in Utah and Arizona are both being utilized. I can’t quote you the names of the companies, but yes, I have read of maybe a half dozen projects where that is exactly the plan. There is a huge one in the design stage for the Sahara. The biggest problem is inefficient transmission of the power to where it is needed. So much has to be spent on improving the grid that many projects are on hold. Hopefully, the Great, Green Obama will provide the cash for those in the states. I read that the plan is to provide 20% of the our power usage with wind or solar by 2020. Those numbers are at current usage. I have read predictions that our demand will double by then, so watch for more coal and nuclear plants, Don’t quote me on the numbers, please. Good to hear from you, Jake. Stay in touch. Glad you are reading us. Maybe you should be writing for us.

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