Thursday, January 25, 2007

Electric Youth

I want an electric car.

After seeing the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car, I can tell you there is no excuse. I should be able to run out, buy a car, and charge it up at my corner station.

You have to see the movie. It's like a soap opera. GM kills their baby because it's prettier and smarter than the rest. How can it sell crappy cars when they have a cleaner, faster, prettier younger sister? And with Uncle Exxon-Mobil breathing down its neck, the choice seemed easy: crush 'em. Kill them and don't look back.

Ford lost 12.7 billion dollars in '06.


Update on the European BMI-ism. The fashion industry over there says "no thanks" and "you can't make us."

Spanish clothing designers are countering with "standardized sizes" in cooperation with Spain's Health Ministry.


Anonymous said...

Due to the title, there was a moment that I thought you'd be talking about the new musical "Electric Youth" based on Debbie Gibson's music.... which will be performed in May at the Starlight in Orlando.....guess this is a slightly different topic. :0)Amy

Anonymous said...

You are sorely mistaken if you think that GM would kill a moneymaker just to protect the oil industry. The EV was too far ahead of its time. It was a good experiment, but the engineering and infrastructure just wasn't there to support the market. Hybrids have proven to be a better "middle way" to get to fully electric cars. It's just going to take some time.

Joseph J. Ravitsky said...

I have to agree with the previous comment. That movie was basically skewed to paint General Motors as the villain. There is no question General Motors built and developed an amazing car. Unfortunately, people wouldn't buy it. Further, after the documentary came out the Detroit Free Press featured comments from Toyota executives that explained that GM was unfairly portrayed and that the car just wouldn't sell, regardless of what people five or so years later are saying when the price of oil is currently over $50 and was closer to $10 per barrel in the late nineties.

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