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Who Killed The Electric Car?

A few years ago I rented the documentary called "Who Killed The EV1?" and was shocked and amazed that our country would do such a thing. You see, I wasn't "awake" yet and was simply bored and renting movies at Blockbuster. THAT was a wakeup call for me. But later, I found Ron Paul and then my awakening REALLY took off! Anyway, I just wanted to share the documentary with those here on DP that don't know about it but I can't find it on youtube. I DID find the trailer though. I posted the link below. If you are interested in seeing the documentary I am sure it's out there somewhere. I will look for it later and if I find it I will post it. If not I will try to find out where to get it for sale cheap. IT IS WORTH WATCHING!


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The laws of nature killed the electric car.

Cost is a proxy for resources. If the electric car cost a huge amount, it is mostly because it uses up too many resources to create it.

A Hummer over its life, when the cost to create it and operate it are considered, uses up less resources than any electric car.

One of the illusions is that people look at just the energy it takes to operate an electric car and think it is wonderful. But you must count the energy that goes into creating it and maintaining it, and that makes it prohibitive.

Electricity is not a source of energy. It is a carrier of energy. Electricity just doesn't appear magically. Some source of energy is used to create electricity (coal, natural gas, uranium, wind, solar panels or moving water). When this is taken into account, even if the "battery" problem is solved, electric cars will never be practical, and even if you want to believe in the myths surrounding electric cars, we are a day late and a dollar short.

There is already not enough energy to even support the current population at the current average standard of living, so where is the energy to come from to create the massive infrastructure to shift from internal combustion engines to electric engines just to have vehicles that use more energy than the current transportation vehicles we have.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

GM blew a golden opportunity that Tesla Motors is harvesting...

The Tesla Model S won both AUTOMOBILE's and MOTOR TREND's highest awards and it is all electric. The Tesla Model X crossover is coming in 2014. While both are prohibitively expensive for the masses,recent breakthroughs in battery technology (in cost,capacity and recharge time) should bring the prices down quickly. Even at the steep prices ($60K-$100K)the vehicles are "bargains" in the luxury class,due to the exceptionally high reliability of electric drivetrains and FREE refueling at stations on freeways (in California, at least).

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Skippy D

I watched that documentary a while ago also. It was pretty eye opening. Thanks for posting the trailer, I'll see if I can google and youtube around a bit later this afternoon and find more of the documentary also.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

One of those electric cars

survived because the owner bought it, didn't owe any payments http://www.renewables.com/products.php


I saw the movie a couple of years back, and I had thought they were only leased. Glad that one of these is still around....

What would the Founders do?

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This is a great film.

He's the man.