Sunday, December 10, 2006

who killed the electric car

I watched the movie "Who Killed the Electric Car" from NetFlix tonight. It was some good muckraking--turns out the car and oil companies put the kibosh on a product for which there was pretty strong demand. GM actually had to threaten legal action and physically take back the electric cars, all of which were leased, from customers who didn't want to give them up. They refused to sell the cars to the lessees. Then they drove the cars off to the desert and crushed them. I guess this is the kind of visionary leadership that led the US automakers to embrace SUVs just before the longest period of high gas prices since the 70s. At least now that Ford and GM are facing bankruptcy, maybe someone will give consumers what they want.

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