Miscellany31: Who Killed the Electric Car?
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A few weeks ago, my wife and I saw a very interesting
documentary film at The Showcase theater here in
The electric car got a big boost in 1990, when the
California Air Resources Board (CARB) passed regulations requiring that 2
percent of all new vehicles sold in
The cars were fabulous.
They used no gas or oil, and required much less maintenance than a car
powered by an internal-combustion motor.
With the batteries of the time, the EV1 had a range of about 100 miles,
and the EV2 about 130 miles, before requiring a charge. With that range, the cars could accommodate
about 80-90 percent of all driving (as a percentage of trips or total mileage). Charging could be done at home or at various
charging stations set up around
Although the cars performed very well, after six years GM recalled all of the cars and had them destroyed. A few were disabled and given to museums and universities. General Motors claimed that the cars were destroyed because there was insufficient demand for them to justify their large-scale production.
In fact, the cars were all destroyed because they performed
too well, and they posed a serious threat to the petroleum and automotive parts
industries. The CARB was sued to drop
its zero-emissions mandate by a number of parties, including the
The electric car has fuel sources – electrical outlets – in
virtually every home in the
Electric vehicles are a good solution to the vehicle
emission problem, and it is just a matter of time until they are
reintroduced. At the present time, the
Tesla Motors in