I want one. I want one now.
GM built the EV1 back in the mid-90's and then discontinued the program after they got California to repeal the ZEM initiave. But before they were all returned to GM, some against the lease holders wishes, the EV1 was a great start into the electric car field. By the time the program was killed it could go about 100 to 120 miles on a charge.
Now, I think my family is pretty normal. In fact, I think we are very much like 90% of the families in this country. I would say, 90% to 95% of the gasoline we buy is used to carry myself and my wife to our respective jobs. It is burnt on the workday commute.
Now, if I could purchase a couple of small 2 to 4 seat, completely electric cars that get 80 to 120 miles per charge, a standard already achieved in 1996, just for my wife and I to commute to work and back in, we would decrease out gasoline consumption by 90% to 95% per month! We buy about 320 gallons per month between the two of us. Adjust that to figure that we buy about 288 gallons for the commute to and from work and that leaves you with 32 gallons that we use for other reasons. Trips to the store, to ball games and practices. All activities that we could still use the electric cars for. In fact, we would only need one gasoline powerd car, a mini van, for long distance trips to visit family or go on vacation.
At $2.95 per gallon (the price on average here in our end of Tennessee) we buy $944 of gas per month. That is $11328 per year! I could take a big vacation on that. I could buy several guns. I could do so much more for my family with that money!
Now, figure that my family is very much like most families in the USA. if we all, or most of us converted our everyday cars to electric, think of the reduction of dependancy on oil from the middle East we would accomplish! We could tell the middle East to get bent! We might even screw up their economies! It is win-win. And there would be less polloution to boot!
Now, you might say, "But Mike, if the car needs to be charged at night, we would be just shifting the producer of the polloution from the car itself to the power plant."
Not true. At least not completely true. Read this passage from the website for the film "Who Killed the Electric Car?" http://www.sonyclassics.com/whokille.../electric.html
So tell me, if you read all of my rant, sorry it is a long one, who out there besides me is about ready to demand that the car companies drop the stupid Hydrogen fuel cell car concepts and build an electric car right now? If gas gets much more expensive, I'm not sure I can afford to drive to work. How will our economy survive if we all can't afford to drive to our jobs?The “long tailpipe” theory argues that electric vehicles do not really
create zero emissions, because the electricity needed to charge the batteries is produced in power plants. In June 2001, the Argonne National Laboratory released a US Department of Energy-sponsored study that found that battery-powered electric vehicles result in a 35% reduction in greenhouse gases.  This reduction was based upon electricity generation from the national grid, roughly half of which is derived from coal and roughly 30% of which is derived from clean, renewable sources like nuclear, solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric power.  In 2004, an analysis of data from a California Air Resources Board staff report on greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles found that electric vehicles resulted in a 67% reduction in overall greenhouse gases in California, compared to a car powered exclusively by gasoline, and were nearly twice as effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions than a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.  California’s energy grid is considerably cleaner than the national grid, with roughly 20% of the state’s electricity being generated via coal-fired plants. 
Finally, some energy experts and utility analysts contend that millions of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles could be added to California’s fleet without substantially impacting the state’s current energy grid, since most of the charging for the plug-in hybrid electric vehicles could be done during off-peak hours, at night.  . It’s estimated that 5,000 plug-in hybrids charging at night would represent less than 0.1 % of peak electrical demand in the state.  Moreover, they would also have strong beneficial environmental impact, since a plug-in hybrid vehicle that gets its energy from the grid during off-peak hours is thought to produce one-third the carbon dioxide emissions of an exclusively gas-powered car with a fuel efficiency of 24 mpg.  Tim Lippman of UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies also points out that not only is our state and national grid becoming cleaner with increased use of renewable energy sources, but also that it is much easier to control emissions from a relatively small number of power plants than millions of tailpipes, each being a point of emissions and harmful, respiratory pollutants. Lippman also notes that emissions modeling research shows that when it comes to the concentration of harmful pollutants emitted from burning fossil fuels, height matters; the closer to the ground the emissions are, the more they tend to concentrate, making emissions from tailpipes at ground-level potentially more damaging than those from a coal-fired plant’s smokestack, which may be 200 ft. or more of the ground. 
I urge everyone to look at this website http://www.sonyclassics.com/whokilledtheelectriccar/
Read the facts and see what you think.
Ok.....now I will climb down off my soap box and stop ranting for the day. I just am sick of being so reliant on Arab oil. They are screwing us with the price of oil and they know there is nothing we can do about it. If they really wanted to, they could wreck our economy almost over night. Why we continue to be so dependant on the very people who want to see us suffer and to crush our culture is so far beyond my understanding I can't even put it in words.