Monday, March 16, 2009
Electric car: Been there, done that, doing it again
Electric cars and their charging stations are everywhere in "Watchmen". Dr. Manhattan foreshadows the inevitable future in a flashback to the portion of retirement in 1962 Hollis Mason (aka Nite Owl I) when he says the "new electric car will be even easier" than the gas guzzlers of the time. In the real world, the electric car is making waves with GM in 1997 by the introduction of the EV1. The limited production car was crushed in 2003, as described in the film "Who Killed the Electric Car?" Now , vehicle batteries make a valiant return. The Tesla Roadster is already available, and virtually every other major car manufacturers is in charge of plans for deployment models in the coming years, including the Chevrolet Volt, showed here.