How Big Oil played dirty
by Books Alive, Wed Apr 11, 2007 at 06:34:27 AM EDT
Here's the story of the destruction of a concept - an electirc car - that would put hundreds of dollars back in the pockets of any commuter who could drive an electric car: what if you had no engine repair bills nor regular oil changes to pay for?
But why did the car companies collaborate? Electric cars have no combustion engine - and it is in maintaining and replacing those engines that makes up a hefty chunk of Detroit's profits. A transition to batteries, which require little maintenance, would be a disaster for their balance sheets.
This is only one insightful paragraph from Johann Hari's column published in the Independent UK a few days ago. I recommend it highly for his analysis of how the petroleum and auto industries took the electric car out of consumers' hands and put it into the discard pile. Ever looking to maintain the status quo and the big profit center in their dealership repair shops, Detroit joined in the squashing of the electric car.
I'd recommend that everyone send this link to their senators and representative.