Who Killed the Electric Car?

James Page and Bamber Gascoigne

The Richmond and Twickenham Green Party held a public screening of the film “Who Killed the Electric Car?” recently. James Page (left in picture), explained how he thought the time may now have arrived for electric cars. Not only do they have a high overall efficiency (as shown in a recent WWF report ) but en masse they offer a partial solution to the inevitable problem we will reach with wind power: the storing of electricity.

Bamber Gascoigne (right) then introduced the film, andemphasised how his G-Wiz was such fun to drive. He had only run out of electricity once, and on that occasion a corner shop was happy to oblige.

There were at least two other EV drivers in the audience. Philip Day from Goingreen had brought along the latest the model: the G-Wiz i and was able to answer technical questions. Mike Wilsdon, from Kew, brought pictures of a 1945 plastic bodied French vehicle. He alsoh as a diverse collection of antique cycles collected over the years from various countries, which he is happy to show visitors by arrangement.

Several manufacturers are working on ‘plug-in hybrids’ (hybrid hybrids, if you like) making use of the higher performance lithium-ion batteries. A French designed car that stores energy with compressed air is also under development. And yes, a sequel to the film is due out in the autumn. If there is enough demand to cover costs we might show it locally.

1 May 2008 | news


How the G-Wez was fun to drive? It doesn’t even go over 50! Not to mention that if you hit anything at any speed, you will die. That’s because the government doesn’t require safety measures on this “car.” They don’t classify it as a car - they call it a “quadricycle.” Yeah, it’s a slow, useless deathtrap. Jogging is not only faster, but cheaper as well. That’s because using your legs is free.

Matt at 30 May 2008 3:09 AM

Who keeps any sort of car these days because driving is “fun”?
Speedlimits range from 20 to 40mph. (50 to 60mph on some roads feeding motorway traffic into central London, always terminating in 30mph areas)

Average traffic speed in London is well below the 20mph speedlimit and jogging may well be the answer to those that travel around for “fun”.

I have yet to see a jogger carrying a load of shopping home, carrying garden or other recycling material to to council recycling sites ——-
The list of incidence were residents use their cars is considerable.
However, residents keeping and driving a car just because driving is “fun” must be right at the bottom of that list.

Matt writes “it doesn`t even go over 50” as if 20mph faster than the 30mph legal limit on most urban roads is not fast enough!
I suppose smoking tyre wheel spin is also not possible with the G-Wiz, another minus point???

Gerhard Schellberg at 1 June 2008 2:36 AM

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