They Sing the Motor Electric

Electric car drivers unaffected by the rising price of gasoline, though power outages can be a concern.

Published: 03-Aug-2006

A new documentary called "Who Killed the Electric Car?" sings the praises of the electric car and mourns the demise of the best of breed so far, the General Motors EV1. In Petaluma, however, the best description of electric vehicles might be a quote from a Monty Python movie: "I'm not dead!"

Not yet, at least.

To be sure, no one in Petaluma drives an EV1, the zero-emission electric vehicle whose destruction by GM is chronicled in the "Who Killed" movie. But, in various forms, people who live and/or work in Petaluma have made electric vehicles of various types a fundamental part of their regular transportation.


Cleaner cars were the focus of the 2005 Tokyo Auto show, but for this reporter, the Eliica -- pictured below -- was the highlight.

Eight-wheeled, all electric Eliica may be build in small numbers, say designers.

The wheel robots, complete with their own suspension, remove the need for a drive shaft and even the engine block, freeing up designers to make new use of the space in the car.


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