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Dead or Alive?

Is the electric car really dead? Chris Paine’s new movie “Who Killed the Electric Car?” makes the case that the electric car was born in the early 1990s and died nearly a decade later. But is that really the whole story of the electric car? Is there no hope for the future electric vehicles? I think not…

Electric cars have been around as long as the internal combustion engine. In the early days of the automobile, gasoline powered cars proved more convenient and more reliable than their electric counterparts. The electric cars worked some of the time, but most of the time they didn’t. Consumers had a practical reason to drive gasoline powered cars.

Fast forward to 1990. The California Air Resources Board passed legislation requiring that 2% of all new cars sold in California by 1998 had to be zero emission vehicles. General Motors led the way by introducing the EV1 in 1996. A very select group of consumers were leased the EV1, and for the most part, they loved them. The EV1 was powerful, …