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2012 Mar 24. The Electric Car, Unplugged

posted Mar 28, 2012, 9:08 AM by Fiona Potter   [ updated Mar 28, 2012, 2:10 PM ]
| By John Broder, The New York Times.  An article relevant to GSS Energy Use chapter 9.  Excerpt: The future would appear bright for the electric car. Gasoline prices are high. The government is spending billions on battery technology. Auto companies are preparing to roll out a dozen new electrified models. Concern is growing about the climate impacts of burning oil. And tough new fuel economy standards are looming. Yet the state of the electric car is dismal, the victim of hyped expectations, technological flops, high costs and a hostile political climate.  … is this what an emergent technology looks like before it crosses the valley of death? …Chris Paine, who made the 2006 documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” about the demise of G.M.’s EV1 at the hands of the car company, government regulators and the oil industry, said … one possible culprit still stands to gain if the electric car is killed yet again,… “Not too hard to guess,” he said. “With Americans paying $250 a month to fill up on gasoline when electricity can do the job in a Volt for $50 a month, why are we being told electric cars are failures? Who could possibly be behind this?” Read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/sunday-review/the-electric-car-unplugged.html?emc=eta1