Monday, September 04, 2006

Electric Kar Kill Kult

The episode of General Motors' electric car, the EV1, is not well known outside of California. Indeed, it is probably true that the bigger story is not well known even to residents of that state. But it is an intriguing tale of corporate perfidy and I would highly recommend you can see the documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car. You will learn some fascinating things about the short life span of the EV1. But the film is far more than just a story about the car. It is a stinging indictment of the foul corporatocracy that runs this country.

Frankly, the whole tale was stunning and the film is an excellent chronicle of yet another sad statement of this country's refusal to rid itself of the technology that indebts us to Middle East oil. Unlike what the bastards running the automobile and oil industries constantly tell us, these corporations are the KKK to new technology. This is must see stuff.


Blogger dusty said...

As a native Cali person, I am very familiar with this story of greed. Good post, thanks for alerting folks.

9:14 PM  
Blogger theBhc said...


I have to say, almost everything in this story was news to me. We didn't hear much about it on the east coast and the national media certainly didn't spend much time on it, as you probably know. I was stunned by it all.

Did you see this movie?

12:03 AM  
Anonymous robb said...

I recently read about the destruction of these cars (I think it was in Wired Magazine). One person in the mag wrote of GM requiring him to turn in the car at the end of the lease despite his intention of buying out the lease.

Strange, with all of the junk cars rotting around the world these must have been a real eyesore to someone.

I already have this saved on my Netflix queue. I can't wait to see it so I can get really, really angry.

11:19 AM  
Blogger theBhc said...


You will see that GM refused to sell any of the cars to anyone; they were all leases from the start. There were many people who wanted to buy the cars. GM refused any and all and once a lease was up, they showed up with a tow truck and hauled the car away.

11:52 AM  
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11:54 AM  
Blogger dusty said...

I haven't seen it but I have read the entire story..I also posted about the movie and thanked you for reminding me about it..It was hushed up here in Cali as much as possible since our legislators and governor went along with the manufacturer and the Oil companies..

If people didn't give up the car's willingly, they brought the cops when they towed them..sick isn't it? The Federal government had the nads to file a friend of the court brief supporting GM's right to destroy the cars and remove them from people's possession..they never sold them.only rented them..hence they were the legal owners..bastards all.

4:07 AM  
Blogger theBhc said...

Yeah, I know that now thanks to the film. Really, see this film. Though you obviously know much of the details, the doc is very well done, and presents scads of documentary evidence. It comes down especially hard on the sanctimonious chair of CARB, as he clearly deserved.

11:18 AM  

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