"Who Killed the Electic Car"
Can any of you tell me if this 2006 documentary is accurate? It appears that the solution to the market-wide use of all electric vehicles (EV) was well along the path to reality in the 1990's. It is likely that tremendous pressure from oil and dealership interests destroyed the initiative because it threatened both income sources. The EV's required very little maintenance which threatened dealerships and the complete use of electricity, rather than hybrid technology, would seriously impact oil interests.
If the EV's had caught on in the 1990's it is likely that today's version would have all the range necessary to eliminate this one negative feature. The original EV, with the advanced batteries designed, made by a Michigan-based firm, had a range between 120 to 180 miles. The acceleration of these mid-sized vehicles was better than all but the better sports cars of that time.
Toyota, Honda and GM were all complicit in the development of the EV's and then the eventual destruction of this option. The battery manufacturing company, bought by GM, was then sold to two of the larger oil companies of the 1990's.
Our open market system requires that products be bought and sold for the best price as long as both the buyer and seller's interests are maximized. The EV would have benefited the consumer in the 1990's, and certainly would be of benefit today with the skyrocketing oil prices and the possible contribution that internal combustion engines make to the global warming threats. However, the powerful interests of the oil industry would have been seriously threatened. There was no upside to this technology for them. I blame the CA legislature for caving into the pressure to retract their zero-emissions mandate. This was a case where we needed our governing bodies to represent the interests of the consumer, and they failed us. We all now are going to pay a terrible price for their lack of foresight and back bone.