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Re: “Who Killed the Electric Car?

Who Killed the Electric Car is probably the most lame brained misinformation I've ever come across. As a student of GM's EV1, I found Chris Paine's silly "mystery" to be a sequence of mistruths and flat out lies. I find it amusing that Paine thinks it a mystery as to why the EV1 failed. Who wouldn't pay $54,000 for a two seat econobox that under normal conditions could barely sqeeze 80 miles out of a brand new battery pack. A pack that wouldn't last 4 years, that lost about 25% capacity each year and, if that's not enough, cost a small fortune. Paine also fails to understand that the EV1 would not pass the Federal safety standards and could not legally be sold. It was exempted by the Feds as an "experimental" vehicle and GM could produce them in limited quantities for the purpose of collecting data. THAT'S why they were crushed and why GM hd to recover the vehicles. There were no "hordes" of eager customers for the EV1. The car was an idiotic answer to problems that by the mid nineties no longer existed : gas shortages and excessive auto emissions. The EV1 (and Honda's electric car as well, which cost $65K, but also was only leased, as no fool would buy one) were total and unequivocal flops anddeservedly so, Only Chris Paine and his paranoid scriptwriters could suggest the preposterously silly thesis that GM had to be paid off to kill the car, or that GM somehow was wedded to the oil industry and was willing to destroy the only vehicle technology that they had a big head start on. The film makes no logical sense, but then, its target audience of naiive young paranoids seldom requires that arguments make any sense. Anyone who believes the EV1 to have been a viable commercial idea deserves to own one of what has been called the most inconvenient and overpriced automotive flop ever to come out of Detroit. By comparison, the Edsel was a stunning success. Fortunately for Chris Paine, none of the reviewers of his film knows squat about the EV1, so he can make his outrageously implausible claims without fear of contradiction. Most of those who leased the car have no idea the extent to which GM subsidized their leases. They also never had to buy a new battery pack. In short, Chris Paine is a big time lying a**hole.

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Posted by ken beauchrt on 08/23/2006 at 6:06 PM

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