Who Killed the Electric Car

It has long been suspected that the auto and oil industry were responsible for killing the electric car.  In fact, a documentary was even done in an effort to prove that they were the ones behind its death.  But now that electric cars are making a comeback the resurrected electric car, or zombie electric car as I like to call it, wants to tell its story.

It turns out that it was neither the auto or oil industry that was responsible for the death of the electric car but it was in fact a government conspiracy that brought it down.  Everyone knows that military expenses are a huge part of our government spending.  And senators and representatives fight hard to keep military bases open in their states and just as hard to keep government contracts flowing to manufacturers in their states.

The backbone of the military is the humvee.  And former military personnel who were well paid for their service leave the military and buy the commercial humvees, H2’s and H3’s.  (That’s the only explanation for their popularity.)  Apparently it’s the closest they can get to driving a tank once they left the military.

But of course the hummer is an absolute gas guzzler.  It is basically a gas tank on wheels.  And a fuel efficient electric car would put it out of business.  (Note that this has actually happened since the electric car was resurrected so it was right in thinking this.)  So, top military brass who were afraid of losing their ability to drive hummers upon retirement conspired with lawmakers.   They warned them about the dangers of the electric car and that if the military saved money on fuel that Congress would feel that it would be able to cut the military’s budget.  This budget cutting would then affect jobs which would anger their constituencies.  Angry constituencies would cause them to lose their jobs.  (Don’t think too hard about this, just realize that government really does work this way.)

Because of this pressure, new fuel efficiency standards stalled in Congress, giving people little incentive to demand electric cars and auto makers no incentive to build them.  This killed the electric car.  Even better, because it came back to fuel efficiency, it looked as though the oil companies had done the dirty work of killing it and the auto companies came across as whiny over the government standards.  No one knew that it was in fact military personnel who just wanted to drive hummers upon retirement who really killed the electric car.