Ever wonder why electric cars aren’t catching on? Why their miles-between-charges is so terrible? Why do electric cars cost SO much more than gas cars?
Ask yourself this question: Who has the most to lose if a substantial portion of Americans switch to electric vehicles. If your answer isn’t “big oil companies”, you live under a rock.
In 1994, GM purchased the rights to the NiMH technology and GM and Energy Conversion Devices Inc. establish GM Ovonic, presumable to focus on production of the EV1. Ownership changed hands again in 2000 when GM sold the EV battery technology to Texaco. Only days later, Chevron purchased Texaco, and the newly acquired NiMH battery technology. Chevron now controlled the patents on the battery technology best suited for electric car production, a curiosity considering Chevron banks on sustained or increased oil consumption to support their business. Technology that could propel the electric car into mainstream now rested with a company faced with decreasing demand and profit should electric car popularity explode.
Perhaps you haven’t considered it before, but more than two-thirds of all commuters drive to and from work alone; and spend thirty minutes going to and returning from work. And MOST of them do not go anywhere else except to work — and back to home — during those average five day work weeks!
…studies have shown that 90 percent of Americans drive less than 50 miles per day
Yet, instead of making the electric cars go farther, they are REDUCING the distance the cars can travel. Does it sound to you like they want to encourage electric cars?
One of the first electric cars in production was the EV1. Initially offered in congested cities, and only as a lease, the EV1 quickly gained fans and a following. Critics claimed the car was underpowered, Fans of the EV1 say criticism was unwarranted and claimed the car easily held a charge and provided enough range on one charge. Still, GM decided to halt production, claiming the project as unprofitable and the vehicle as undesirable. Yet now, 20 years later, GM now has pockets lined with tax-payer dollars and is eagerly pushing the Chevy Volt, an electric car with one third the range as the EV1.
It is time to get behind the electric car movement. The best news for the industry is that electric car maker TESLA has “torn up its patents” allowing anyone to build electric car technology.
Now if only the oil companies would do the same thing.