Paul: Who killed my electric car?: This is an interesting commentary from Alexandra Paul — or Lt. Stephanie Holden for those of you liked Baywatch. It’s about her pure electric car, which says is so much better than a hybrid.
She’s in a new documentary called “Who Killed The Electric Car?” which is about GM’s EV1, a pure electric car that was produced, then destroyed, by GM. The film is about the apparent conspiracy and secrecy surrounding the crushing of 4,000 EV1s. (Go watch the trailer — it’s interesting.)
But did car companies really want electric cars to succeed? The success of electric vehicles would have threatened the status quo and core business models of two of the world’s biggest industries — oil and automobile. […]
Because the small print in California’s mandate allowed for car companies to manufacture only as many cars as there was interest in them, the game became to pretend there was no interest. Virtually no advertising money was spent to let you know electric cars existed, and even if you did find out about them salespeople actively dissuaded you from getting one.
Also, Paul isn’t impressed by hybrids:
When I want to go further, I borrow my husband Ian’s Toyota Prius. I don’t like driving it. Am I supposed to be amazed when a car gets 43 miles per gallon?
She makes a pretty good case for pure electrics or plug-in hybrids. I’d be interested in one.
(More trivia about Alexandra Paul: she ran and finished the Ironman Triathon one year. I just happened to have it on in the background one day, and, sure enough, there she was crossing the finish line. Name another actress who can swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, then run a marathon.)
(Perhaps some more interesting trivia: according to Wikipedia, Paul is one of only two leading Baywatch actresses without breast enlargements.)