The latest on electric cars

May 20, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

If you want to know the latest on electric cars, read Katharine Mieszkowski’s “The Electric Cars are Coming!” at Salon.com.  Yes, good things are on the way, but the article is framed around a long loud lament voiced by a woman who previously drove an EV1: “An American car company had a fantastic lead and threw it away.”

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. grumpypilgrim says:

    Whenever a disruptive new technology is brought to market, it is almost always a new start-up company that does the initial spade work. Big companies tend to sit on the sidelines, dragging their feet until they either: (a) buy the new company and absorb it into their high-volume production and distribution networks; or (b) are driven out of existence, as the new technology pushes the old technology to extinction. Examples of the latter include companies such as Polaroid, which dragged its feet when the new technology of digital photography threatened its dominant position in the instant photography market. Likewise, the music and newspaper industries have both been pulverized by the switch to downloadable content, because they opposed new technologies that threatened their antiquated content delivery systems. Compaq, IBM, AT&T and others, once dominant players in the PC market, were killed off by companies like Dell, which mastered the ability to offer custom computers at lower prices. Zenith, once a major producer of small electronics, saw its revenues tank after it failed to invest in digital technology.

    With these examples in mind, consider GM & Chrysler, neither of which seem to have either the management wisdom nor the financial resources to invest in smart start-ups like Tesla Motors: extinction would seem their likely future, at least as far as electric vehicles are concerned.

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