electric car and lobbying: the failure analysis of the GM EV1, Who Killed the Electric Car

Following the previous news on the electric car in 2011, here is a summary of the facts and analysis of the report Who Killed The Electric Car (click on the link to see it in full).

Main facts mentioned in the documentary, in bulk:

- GM EV1 project begins after GM's victory in the Australian Solar Race
- In the mid-90s, the CARB (Californian Air Resources Board) imposed a law of 3%, 5% then 10% of electric cars in the sales (this will never exceed 3%) of the manufacturers otherwise they will no longer be able to sell in California: Toyota (RAV4 EV), Ford (think group) are developing, “by miracle”, and very quickly an efficient and viable EV (but all offered for leasing)
- Takeover of the company that produces the batteries by GM then by Texaco
- Strong lobbying against CARB law, especially so that it does not inspire other states
- Blatant lies on the part of the manufacturer on the so-called weak demand: many people do not even know the EV1, there is a real desire for non communication about the EV1
- Little or no maintenance market on an electric car
- Manufacturers earn more (directly and indirectly) with a thermal car than electric, so they prefer to sell thermal ...
- See the GM EV1 “compacted” in breakage, frankly it's moving…
- Strong desire from all manufacturers to withdraw all leased EVs from the market (GM even refuses a firm offer to buy back $ 25 / second-hand EV000). The one that is not destroyed is neutralized. This happened during the Bush administration.
- Tax deduction of $ 100 for SUVs (hummer) implemented by the Bush administration (at the same time it is limited to $ 000 for an EV) !!!
- Carter was an almost econologist, Reagan fired the solar panels he had put on the white house (vice president: bush pere…), it was Carter who also implemented the laws on water protection , To see the Gasland documentary.
- Bush "re" launches the Combustible Battery ... to make diversion from more efficient EV ...
- The fuel cell is compared to the hare of a greyhound race, the greyhounds are us: it must always go out soon but never goes out…

Read also: A multinational wants to move a glacier

Conclusion: who is guilty or not of the failure of EVs of the 90s?

Manufacturer: yes
Oil tankers: yes
Batteries / technology: no
CARB: yes
Consumer: yes (too demanding, poorly informed, no concessions, etc.)
Government: yes

We end up on an optimistic opening

The very end of the documentary remains on a positive note by presenting the Tesla Roadster and hybrids plug in. An ally of weight in this new stage: Woolsey, former CIA boss under Clinton.

Raging all the same…

Learn more, scientific facts and full debates about the electric car:
Watch the documentary Who Killed The Electric Car
Documentary Debate Who Killed The Electric Car
The pros and cons of the electric car (pros and cons)
Physical limits and eco overall balance of the electric car
Forum on cars and electric transport
List of electric cars available in 2011 (price, technology, videos, etc.)
- Video: the electric car has a future (documentary INA of the years 70)
- Another documentary: The Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

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