The partisan politics around electric cars have been poisonous pretty much since they launched in December 2010. But commentators are now raising two issues that had almost gotten lost amidst Congressional hearings on Volt battery fires, the GM bailout, the Solyndra collapse, and lazy reporting about "disappointing" plug-in car sales after only a year. The issues coming to the fore are U.S. industrial competitiveness and national security. As Roland Hwang of the Natural Resources Defense Council points out in a blog entry last month, "The collateral damage of these attacks are the American...
Why Buy Electric Cars? Iraq Vet Says: For National Security
Most Nissan Leaf owners are passionate about their electric cars, especially the earliest ones who've already taken delivery. But not all of them have served three tours of military duty, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tim Goodrich was posted to Afghanistan as an avionics technician...John Voelcker
The Future of Electric Cars Could Lie in...Afghanistan?
Electric cars like the 2011 Nissan Leaf require lots of lithium and other precious heavy metals to make them go. Today's sources of lithium are far and few: Bolivia has something like 40 percent of the world's deposits, while Russia, South Africa, Chile and Argentina have some. This weekend, the...Martin Padgett