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American Car Makers Could Bail Themselves Out

Since 1900 there have been electric vehicles in the United States. The Smithsonian museum has a collection of electric cars dating back to 1900 showing that fossil fuel has not been necessary to fuel vehicles for over a century and that American car makers have known this fact for as long. Perhaps one of the best examples of the American auto industry shooting itself in the foot on alternative fuels is the plug-in electric GM EV1.

The EV1 was produced from 1996 to 1999 and leased as opposed to being sold to consumers across the nation. By most accounts the people that leased them loved them and were eager to buy them from GM at the conclusion of the lease. GM however had other plans. GM decided to scrap the cars and refused to allow them to be sold. Instead all of the cars were gathered up and destroyed. These cars that were loved by owners and produced virtually zero emissions were scrapped because of an executive decision the reasons for which are only known to GM executives.

Now as Congress debates the merits of bailing out the American auto industry and more specifically GM it seems a good time to ask the executives at GM why they don’t pull out the EV1 designs and put the vehicle back into production. We as a nation are scrambling to find alternative fuel vehicles and GM is sitting on a viable design. With the increased efficiency of electric fuel cells the EV1 could more than likely go much further on a single charge than the original 50-125 miles that it was able to do in 1997 and even if not, it would become the perfect commute car for most people who travel far less than 125 miles per day.

As it says in the Bible; “Physician, heal thyself.” The auto industry has cures to the ailments they are currently suffering from. It is time for the Boards of Directors for the major auto manufacturers to step up and take charge of the situation. Executives need to bear the responsibility for their poor decisions and be stripped of their perks for them first and foremost. Then the money that they would have been paid needs to be used to retool and refocus the industry on vehicles Americans want and need. If any money comes from the government it needs to be in the form of loans, be contingent on American job creation and alternative fuels vehicle production and needs to be structured in such a way that no executive profits in any way from the poor decisions they made in the past.

In our renewed commitment to keeping Washington honest, “We the People” need to tell our Senators and Representatives that we don’t want a no-strings bailout of the car makers and that we expect a return on our investment. We want to see new jobs coming out of any bailout of any industry and those jobs need to be good paying sustainable jobs that will help to heal our damaged economy. We also need to remind the politicians that change can happen no matter who is in power. We just elected people that we felt would bring change that is needed on jobs, the environment and cleaning up Washington. We can just as easily vote them out of office if they keep up business as usual. 2010 is not that far away and we have no time to be overly patient with politicians who drag their feet on making needed improvements to our system.

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