is dead! Get it through your head!
Mutiny in Motor City
By Remy C.
Impromptu editorial intended for the delegates of EVS-20
(Nothing you don't already know, just wanted to
Friday 14th November 2003
Global Warming, Oxygen depletion, Iraq, all have
one thing in common: The burning of fossil fuel. Most of all our environmental and social problems
have at their root oil.
And yet, while this should have been the "moral
equivalent of war", as President Carter's
Trilateral advisors once helped him coin, 30 years
later we're still dancing around the issue with
smoke and mirrors.
The original Trilateral Commission charter at the
moment of its foundation back in 1973 was, and I
quote: "to orchestrate a smooth transition away from oil." Well
my friends, it's been so "smooooth", we haven't
even noticed or made a dent yet!
California's newly appointed EPA secretary Terry
Tamminen's EnvironmentNow organization hires the same web design company
one for the Council on Foreign Relations. So my
question is this, should we believe anything Terry
says? Will he be a friend or foe, again, of the EV industry?
Why this fixation with hydrogen and the
development of a whole new long, tedious and
costly fuel distribution infrastructure to shuttle
more molecules, when we already have electrons
flowing from every wall outlet in America? Why transport the molecule when
we can transport the electron?
Just a silly question folks. A question the government still
refuses to comment on.
EVs? The EV1 failed, that's
their answer. Don't get me started. Never mind GM
spent a billion dollars to prove to the world EVs
wouldn't work, and then tried to destroy the
evidence. All the while knowing full well battery
and motor technologies were improving so quickly,
it wouldn't be but a matter of months before
someone built a car with the tZero's amazing
All our attempts, as an environmental movement, as
an EV industry, to keep our eye on the ball, to
stay focused on the prize: "The Last Days of
Ancient Sunlight" still get mysteriously side stepped by
the corporate world and the mass media.
The answer to air pollution? Anti-smoking laws!?!
Never mind the major cause of asthma and other pulmonary lung disease in metropolitan areas is
not tobacco, but vehicle exhaust emissions! Never
mind MTBE leaking from gas stations is poisoning
our ground water. Never mind ocean tanker spills
destroy the coastlines of entire nations! Never
mind the platinum in catalytic converters is now rumored hyper-toxic when
released to the
atmosphere. Never mind the automobile industry
and the oil companies pay for half the advertising on TV and in magazines
to perpetuate their sick
culture of death fantasy.
Overkill? You bet...
and even then, it still hasn't sunk in.
So what are we doing about it? What's the master
plan for all the planet savers? Where's the
"green" Kiss Army Eco-Warriors when you need them? Amusing themselves to death while the planet's life support
system gets methodically trashed by fat cats
living on the hog in plush mansions all over
Greenwich and New Canaan?
It's a big responsibility we have as an industry,
the EV industry. The future of mankind lies in our
hands. Scary thought isn't it? It's one hell of a heavy load resting on
our shoulders. So we can't afford
to blow it. We're the last hooray. We're the cavalry. The world is looking
to us for a solution, for a rEVolution.
But why bother if the deck is stacked so high
against us? Why not just quit and go home to join
the evil polluting hordes? Why not just keep throwing your SoBe bottle out
the car window like everybody else?
There's a hundred car magazines like that on
newsstands, Electrifying Times is not one of them!
We're anti-matter to their what-ever.
If you can't see the opportunity the
Schwarzenegger governorship can lend the electric
vehicle industry, then you have not been paying
attention. You've been living under a rock, stuck in a
Arnold and what Arnold should and will do for the
EV industry needs to be the major topic of
discussion at EVS-20. We have the technology. We
have the solution to air pollution, and to much more than this. We are the
future of the automobile industry. We can do for
the automobile what the Apple 2E did for
Why? How? Because today the technology has caught
up with the dream. All of Detroit's con men
couldn't put that cat back in the bag again. All
of Hollywood royalty wants to own a
tZero or a
Venturi. "Own", not "lease", not "rent", "own"!!! Never mind the sticker price. Who
cares when you can over take every single
half-a-million dollar muscle car in City traffic?
Yesterday Tango announced it has joined forces
with Lotus to give AC propulsion a run for its
money. The race is on... There's room for 700
million of them.
This should be making headlines all over the
world. But it's not. At
least not yet. We know why it isn't. They're still only talking about
hybrids, fuel cells and pie-in-the-sky hydrogen.
They left 100% pure EVs for dead! Well, they got another thing coming. That's why we
have the Internet.
We know better batteries
- better motors are
just an "economy of scale" away, and that there is
no limit to just how efficient they will become over
time, forever making liquid or gaseous fuel storage obsolete, a thing
of nostalgia. We've already won the war. The news just
hasn't reached Detroit yet. They're in denial. But
they won't be after EVS-20.
The message to Arnold's green team is clear? If you don't
let us build them in California, we'll just go do
it in Shanghai. And instead of "Made in America",
the next-gen of "rice rockets" will read "Made in
China." (Or maybe Made in Connecticut... stay tuned!)