Who Killed the Electric Car?
Bob Westal takes a look at the 2006 documentary:
With a share of General Motors running just a bit above the price of a single Hot Wheels car, this seems like an opportune time to catch-up with this surprisingly upbeat 2006 documentary covering perhaps the worst single piece of corporate strategy in business history. Directed by first-timer Chris Paine, with assists from big-time executive producer Dean Devlin and super-documentarian Alex Gibney, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” starts off as an earnest, L.A.-centric, paean to the efforts of activist drivers to fight GM’s very literal trashing of the all-electric EV-1 — launched in 1996 on a lease-only arrangement after California emissions rules forced auto companies to explore non-polluting vehicles. After spending time with such once-satisfied EV-1 customers as actors Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Peter Horton, Alexandra Paul, and comedienne Phyllis Diller, the film switches gears to becomes a far more interesting industrial whodunit, examining the corporate and the political forces that led to the car’s passive-aggressive treatment by GM.
Five Greenest Vehicles at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show
The green revolution is in high gear! Inhabitat covers the Geneva Motor Show and picks its five green favorites: The Infiniti Essence (pictured above), the Chevrolet Spark, the Volkswagon Bluemotion Polo, the Ford losis Max, and the Dacia Duster.
All of them are cool cars, and thiagain demonstrates that the new push for green techology can lead to an explosion of innovation. We do not need to continue our addiction to oil. It’s now just a matter of time, and these cars show that the transition can be fun as well.
Chinese companies in running for Volvo
Ford is trying to recoup its initial $6.45 billion investment Volvo by selling the brand. That seems like a challenge in this market, but it looks like several Chinese companies are in the running.
Well, today we have word via Chinese news reports that Chery, for one, has been given the greenlight to enter the Volvo lottery by the Chinese government. Other interested parties are rumored to be Dongfeng Motor Group and Chongqing Changan Automobile Co, along with a “European constellation,” whatever that means.
This would be a nice shot in the arm for Ford. In one sense it’s distressing to see the Chinese scooping up brands around the world, but that’s not a problem if Ford gets a fair price.