Who Killed the Electric Car

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Who Killed the Electric Car paints a picture of a promising technology, the car, murdered in plain of uncaring consumers by the greed and of big oil and big auto companies in collusion underhanded and misguided politicians. the movie paints mostly the brushes of anecdotal evidence, and emotional imagery. For example, shown pictures of GM’s EV1 cars squealing their and burning rubber to convince us it was a hot ride, but are never given a number about the vehicle’s

In fact, the EV1’s performance were impressive 1 . The 0-60 was a respectable 9 sec with a respectable 137 motor powering a light-weight with an aluminum frame. production models were to a top speed of 80 mph, a prototype set an vehicle speed record of 183 Compared to most cars coefficient (COD = .3 — the EV1’s incredibly low drag of only 0.19 meant the car have required very energy to maintain highway

Okay, in this case, the images agreed with the but providing the numbers would boosted the movie’s credibility.

The tells us repeatedly that the for the EV1 was high and the waiting list of leasers lengthy. (The car was not sold.) These claims are condensed to a number: 5000. GM contacted the 5000 prospective and after explaining the vehicle’s only 50 remained. Obviously, is a huge discrepancy, which is in the movie by saying that customers about the limitations of a car was no way to it.

Unfortunately, a number from a source evaluated for accuracy by biased source leaves us

Besides, since when has a organization had to mandate that supply a product to customers who are about buying it. The only GM offered the EV1 was because the California Air Board (CARB) mandated they do so to reduce pollution in smog-prone cities. GM and other car complied but fought back all the political and legal muscle could muster. Eventually the became infested by that of slimy invertebrates commonly attached to political issues, and The overt reason: car company that the best hope was an, as yet to be future with hydrogen cell — not battery — powered cars.

As soon as the CARB the mandate, GM all but burned rubber in its to withdraw its EV1 from the market.

So, did the EV1 undesirable features that have turned away customers? Yes, limited for one: first generation got 55 to 75 miles (90 to 120 km) to a charge. More but improved batteries, boosted by an extra 20 to 25 miles (32 to 40 km).

times could take 8 Lease payments were to over $574 per month to an estimated purchase price of to $43,995 — pretty pricy for a two subcompact that couldn’t it from Palm Springs to LA an 8 hr layover 2 .

As evidence of GM’s lack of to sales, the movie shows us of electric car commercials, some of quite honestly, do seem So who did GM hire to deliberately un-sell its For one, George Lucas, not the kind of guy you’d hire to failure.

Again, what all this mean?

The movie claims that running a car on produced by coal-fired power could actually make worse. The evidence: all the studies say it so. Yes, the exhaust from a few coal-fired plants may be easier to and clean up than the exhaust thousands of cars, but please, us some numbers!


We’re that driving an electric car is driving a gasoline-fueled car only $0.60 per gallon of gasoline. this mean that is under-priced or under-taxed compared to or that the electric car is super If the number were based on energy efficiency, it would that a similar sized, commuter car with a similar low coefficient (and by the way there any) would have to use 5 times as much energy per as the electric car. The electric maximum efficiency is limited by the of the power plant (often run on a fuel) used to produce the electricity. Even with braking, the electric car is not going to be 5 more efficient than a hydrocarbon in a car’s engine.

But wait a minute, we’re a $3.00 per gallon price of in our analysis and with the price of going wildly up and down, the of five we just quoted may be off. With such a yardstick how can we hope to understand the per gallon claim?

The movie some of the electric car’s problems. For example, the heater. In a driven car, waste from the cooling system is for heating, hence there’s loss of efficiency when the heater.

In the electric car, the is powered by the battery. Air conditioning is problematic. Electric cars have to idle; they can be shut off when caught in jams or at stop lights, is except for heat or air conditioning.

Get in a traffic jam and the electric car driver have to turn off the heater or AC to make it home.

There’s the issue of electric generating and capacity. California already has supplying the load. Imagine it would be like with an car in every driveway. Indeed, the rate of batteries is limited by the size of the electric distribution than the charging technology.

could be charged in much than 8 hours but, if at home, such high rates would likely circuit breakers or possibly up the neighborhood’s electrical distribution Rapid home charging require rewiring of neighborhood systems as well as the building of a lot of new plants, but at least we know how to do it. On the hand, the proposed hydrogen cell car—current darling of and at least some of the car companies—would a massive new hydrogen delivery and infrastructure that we don’t yet how to build.

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We have to side with the on the foolishness of axing battery-electric in favor of hydrogen fuel vehicles, at least on any near basis. The technical problems with the so-called future economy look daunting with the technical problems of cars. Where we differ the movie’s point of view is we’re a lot more bullish on the short and long term of hybrid cars, plug in and even mundane technologies diesel cars.

While and expense are the biggest battery there are others. All batteries to heat up when providing amounts of current such as needed for accelerating a car. battery heat has been a with the much less application of laptop computers. It at times, led to fires and the recall of products.

Even rechargeable have finite lives, are to replace, and if not properly recycled, environmental problems. Batteries be turned off and can pose serious hazards to the workers maintaining cars. While recognizing GM had battery problems, the movie that had GM wanted its electric to succeed, the problems could been easily solved existing high quality

However, GM did switch to higher larger capacity nickel-metal batteries and immediately experienced problems requiring GM to cool the with the car’s air-conditioning 2 (a fact not discussed in the movie). we’re left pondering.

Car are extremely conservative about products before they’re debugged and tested for good Their cars stay on the about 10 years and even defects that take to detect can cost tens of of dollars in law suits, recalls, and bad The thought of having thousands of on the road and possibly having to and replace a major part a battery pack, costing of $20,000 each, at company must have sent down the spines of GM executives.

The images of perfectly good cars being smashed and up when there were willing to buy them was disturbing. GM did deliberately tank their car program. It’s not like corporations are noted for being risk takers, but since has a major corporation been to sacrifice a rosy red profit

Why did all the other car companies supplying vehicles pretty much GM’s lead and destroy cars? For a capitalist, capturing the share in a profitable market is winning. How many times one’s competition destroy own capabilities and passively withdraw?

Wouldn’t this have a golden opportunity for competitors, is, if the market were actually About the only answer in the movie was the notion that a conspiracy killed a perfectly much needed product out of greed. We’d have the explanation more logical had the for the killing been fear.

Our analysis of Who Killed The Electric Car . disappointing to see emotional content out data, but encouraging to see serious shoot a film about a technical issue. In spite of its the movie is still worth Our analysis of the battery-electric car: if the and economics really are there we’re optimistic), it may take but the battery-electric car will eventually be stronger than ever requiring government mandates to it.

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