Electric Cars Running out of Juiceby joey on Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2005 ShareClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Electric cars, once the most promising automotive option for drivers wanting to get out from under the thumb of oil companies, are all but extinct. In fact, instead of offering former lessees the option of buying these cars, American automotive companies have refused to do so, with GM opting to take its EV1s out to the Arizona desert and crush them instead of letting their legend live on. Only Toyota has allowed their customers the option of buying these cars. There are numerous theories as to why electric cars failed and American manufacturers seem so petrified to still have them on the street. Ideas range from the fear of being sued for lack of replaceable parts, to animosity on the part of automakers that California legislation mandated that major auto manufacturers build a certain number of polltuion free vehicles amidst clean air efforts. Follow joey @triplepundit One response Then again, the fact that EVs need little repair or maintenance does not endear them to new-auto dealers, who derive up to 40% of their profits from parts and service. Of course, the OHilies have pitched in with Big Auto to spend perhaps a billion dollars on anti-EV lobbying, planted op-ed pieces, lawsuits and such… Comments are closed.