Wednesday, January 23, 2008

who killed the electric car?

just watched this great documentary about the death of GM's electric car, the EV1.

simply put, it's a must-see.

when GM was still offering leases, my mate and i were in a bmw m3 lightweight in D.C. and we saw one pull up next to us at a traffic light on 14th st. the car was being driven by a GM test driver and we asked him how fast it was. he shouted to us that at GM's test track, they had taken one up to 180mph!!! and the one he was driving wasn't limited to the standard 80mph.

in disbelief, we asked him to floor it away from the lights, which he happily did. all we heard was a whirring and in an instant he was gone and we couldn't keep up with him, despite the bmw having 300 bhp (courtesy of a management chip upgrade) and my mate was completely flooring it. the amazing EV1 just pulled away from us.

an incredible car and experience, even more so having just watched this eye-opening documentary.


and do what daisy & i did and sign their online petition:


Enchanting Sunshine said...

That is a great movie, depressing though it is. Amazingly, only a few months ago on Science Friday, a rep from an American car maker was still bemoaning how impossible it was to create a car like the EV1 - the batteries just aren't powerful enough, you see. It's so maddening, makes one hope that American car makers get what they deserve.

evchels said...

The EV1 was a blast to drive, and it's unfortunate that they're gone. But we will get automakers to build such cars again- the Chevy Volt is an example of a car program that's a direct result of consumer demand. Job's not done, and won't be for a while, but we're making progress.

Thanks also, for spreading the word about our little movie- it lives on word of mouth!

patrick said...

this movie rocked, one of the most enlightening documentaries i've ever seen. yay for progress!

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