I’m not much for conspiracy theories, and I don’t buy into the hype that GM killed the EV-1 as part of some vast OPEC-fueled scheme to keep us addicted to gasoline. When it comes to electric cars, here’s the cold, hard fact: gasoline won out as the propulsion method of choice in the opening years of the 20th century. Fossil-fueled vehicles have had 100 years worth of ongoing development, and have gotten incredibly safe, fuel efficient and practical. Electric cars, until recently, have been advanced only by pseudo-mad backyard visionaries, with large automakers avoiding them like the drunken blond with the open herpes sore on her lip. For the vast majority of buyers, they’re simply not going to represent the best choice in the near future.
I’m a car guy, and when electric cars attain the same level of performance, affordability and practicality as their gasoline counterparts, I’ll gladly drink the electric car Kool-Aid. Hell, electric motorcycles are almost there, as evidenced by the Brammo Empulse, and the Chevy Volt is a solid launch pad for future enthusiast vehicles. Sadly, electric cars just don’t do it for me today, and I don’t see a time in the near future when I’ll be writing a check for an electric-only car. That said, “Revenge of the Electric Car” looks like an interesting bit of cinema, even if I won’t necessarily agree with the filmmaker’s perspective. Stay tuned for my review.