Who Killed the Electric Car - Again?

Mon, 2008-07-28 16:19Richard Littlemore
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Who Killed the Electric Car - Again?

The Canadian government has killed a B.C. electric auto company, forcing the owner to shut down and sell his technology and tools to a company in Pakistan.

Canadian and American administrations have said, repeatedly, that they cannot “afford” to take action against climate change because it would damage our (oil-dependent) economy. But, as this action shows, the Harper administration in Ottawa is not really interested in protecting the “economy.” Rather, it is supporting - actually legislating - our continued dependence on the government's oil-industry supporters, and standing in the way of any opportunity to lead the world in electric vehicle innovation.

It's hard to believe that this is merely short-sightedness. We have seen, in the last week, the price that industry has paid for investing heavily in old-economy answers: Ford , which has banked its whole future on the sale of gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs, announced an $8.7 billion, second-quarter loss, while Honda, which boasts one of the most fuel-efficient fleets in the world, recorded a $1.67 billion profit in the same period.

Now, at a time when economic, environmental and social indicators all point to the usefulness of small, zero-emission vehicles, Ottawa bans them from the land. It's a decision destined to be reversed; and when it is, we all will be able to pay a premium for importing this technology BACK from Pakistan, where the philanthropic Harper government must have thought the jobs were more desperately needed.

Comments

First:
Would you really put donw $14000 for a golf cart that can only travel in small urban areas?
Second:
In most parts of Canada, Electrics only move the Fossil Fuel burning to a Power Generating plant that is less clean that modern cars.
Even Hybrids are bad envestments right now.
Third:
The regulations came from the earlier LIBERAL government era and they are being reviewed.
Fourth:
They are currently little more that rolling Death Traps if use on real roads.

The electric Car WILL come, when it and the Power generation infrastructure are ready.
Nuclear could make it happen.

Want to see a Real Electric car??
One worth buying.

goto http://www.teslamotors.com/

Would someone pay $40,000 for a wannabe military jeep but with all the farbles and bling, to drive to the gold courseat 13 miles per gallon, and support a ego problem?

Well, ya!!!

Here above see the first time that Gary and I have agreed on something (see http://www.desmogblog.com/and-now-the-first-desmogblog-car-commercial).
On all other matters of record (apparently including the spelling of propaganda), we remain in different camps …

And I even agree that electric cars are a good idea.
I just want them to be fully functional and appropriate.
And it is a shame that Canadian companies Can’t see them here even if they are not ready for prime time.

For some people, the electric cars that you choose to denigrate are quite appropriate, and that is a basis upon which to build. If you can get a market going for electric cars in urban areas for limited-use drivers, you can work with that and develop a longer range vehicle to expand the range. You just have to get a toehold. If you wait around for them to “spring fully formed from the brow of Zeus”,we will never get anywhere.

Fern Mackenzie

Where I live in Vancouver, there’s mopeds buzzing all over the place. I don’t know how those would be considered any different than these electric cars.

And if I did live closer to town, absolutely I would buzz around the downtown core in one of these. Traffic rarely goes over 50 km/h in the city and the bike couriers are usually going faster than the cars!

I agree. Small motor bikes are fun, fuel efficient, and clean burning.
But here is a practical alternative
http://www.enertiabike.com/

This electric bike uses a small enough amount of power that it can be charged with a Canadian Tire portable Solar panel.

Practical transportation that keeps up with traffic and doesn’t just shift the problem to the coal fired power generator.

Also Look up electric bicycle. There are now available cheap kits to convert any ordinary bike. Not fast but certainly cheap.

BTW: Did anyone look at the Tesla?
They are now making a 4 door Sedan you know.

Who slipped the Kool-aid in your orange juice?

Keep this up and I’m going to invite you to be an official contributor to the new Solutions blog that we’re planning. This is EXACTLY the kind of scouting-for-great-new-ideas that we need.

Seriously, thank you. 

In fact, because of my position, I am often tasked with researching thing like this.
I am also very much on side with most green initiatives including sustainablility and renewable power.

My ONLY arguments are about Man made Co2 being the main driver for GW.
I just object to being manipulated for a cause, even if the cause is just.
Tell me the truth and I will support it.
Try to trick me and I will resist.

Vancouver’s climate is also conductive to another option, the one I use in Edmonton: Motor-assist bicycles. Cheaper and lighter than mopeds, most of these amount to small, light electric motors added to existing bicycles (and thus transferrable from one bike to the next) that provide a bit of an extra kick while pedalling, and recharge when going downhill or braking. I’ve got two BionX systems on my various bikes (these ones can also convert the bike into a lightweight scooter by holding a switch; Canadian company to boot), and I’ve been able to haul hundreds of pounds of cargo through our river valley without breaking a sweat, not to mention outperforming cars on the acceleration department. It says a lot when I can manage a 15-km commute on a bike *in a business suit* and not be sweaty or tired at the other end.

During Edmonton’s winters, I usually keep going on these until the snow and/or cold makes riding too much of a hassle (over a foot of snow at -30 is manageable on bikes, but not comfortable, especially given the condition of Edmonton’s roads), and then I switch to the bus. That may be less of an issue in Vancouver.

You are correct. To a point.
Electrics will be developed to good potential as soon as they achieve mass appeal. Until then they will be novelties and Greenie political statements.
First We need clean power generation or electrics simply move the problem out of sight.
In the mean time there are real practical solutions.
A couple of days ago I posted a link (that nobody looked at) to a video on Algae reactors that eat CO2 and produced among other things BioDiesel.
Couple that with the Toyota Aygo (I also posted a link to that which nobody looked at) that is a practical 4 seat diesel car that Gets….. 69 MPG.
YES„, 69 Clean burning biodiesel MPG.
Look it up. google toyota aygo

That combination beats electric golf carts hands down and is supported by one of the best dealer networks in the world.

Now that is a solution.

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