That’s a good question in addition to others: Why have Electric Cars been absent from most showrooms in the USA, when they were being sold in California and Arizona more than a decade ago? Why are they just now starting to arrive in small numbers?
In addition EVs are really only available in the few states that require zero emission vehicles (ZEV) to be sold as a small percentage of all the new fossil fuel burning and polluting vehicles sold in their state?
Part of the answer may be found in the most recent USA Fortune 500 (America’s largest corporations) list, in which two out of the top three companies just happen to be in the fossil fuel business. They are also some of the largest and most profitable companies in the world and thus have more political clout and influence than most people seem to realize. It should be obvious to even the most casual observer that as far as companies go surely the largest and most profitable businesses in the world don’t need subsidies and special tax breaks, yet governments (not just in the USA) still gives it to them…why?
Fortune 500 Top Companies 2014
Perhaps because (at least in the USA) there is no legal limit to how much financial support these companies can give to political candidates, which in turn (surprise, surprise) often pass laws that support the interests of their campaign supporters. Even though these laws often come at the expense of the environment, public health, and competing technologies (such as alternative fuels and electric vehicles). Could it be that while new technology is delayed and/or new markets developed consumers are forced to pay more for their products due to these fossil fuel companies having created an for oligopoly themselves?
It is way past time for the people to start keeping a more watchful eye on their political leaders that in theory are suppose to represent their interests and to not coddle those of big business.
You might suspect your political leaders to have been compromised if:
(1) They are continuing to support subsidies and tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry.
(2) Are in disbelief or somehow confused of established scientific consensus of academia relating to causes of climate change due to global warming. This knowledge, has been more or less unequivocal since 2007 and further supported by the fact that there is NOT one national or international recognized scientific organization that claims the contrary. BTW: Corporate sponsored think-tanks and institutes that are often sighted as experts on TV news shows don’t count as “recognized scientific organizations”.
(3) When questioned your politician may actually state that it’s just good business and not anti-competitive behavior on the part of Chevron to own EV battery patents and then not sell large form-factor NiMH batteries to interested parties wanting to use them in electric cars for more than a decade. In addition you could be living in a state that has made it illegal or highly restrictive for the the US based electric car maker Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA) to sell or offer test drives of their award-winning electric vehicles in their state.
Inquiring minds may also wish to view the 2006 film “Who Killed the Electric Car” to see what parts large corporations and government played the last time electric cars were offered to the public.
Kenneth Burridge (Editor-in-Chief of EV.com) talks about Electric Cars, EV Politics and sustainable green living.
EV of the Year Judge, independent green journalist, photographer, author and sustainability activist that has published over 1000 articles. Mr Burridge’s travels have taken him to over 30 countries and 300+ major cities. He is originally from the USA, but has been residing in Australia for the last seven years. Connect to Ken Burridge on: Twitter, facebook, Google+, Linked in or website