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PHOTO CAPTION: Charging electric car in 1912.

Electric Car Act III Faces Obstacles

John Boal thinks we missed the chance to create an EV world in 1912.

Published: 10-Oct-2010

PLUG In America, the torch-bearers for the movie, "Who Killed the Electric Car?", has a crisp photo on its website from 98 years ago that artfully captures how we were smarter than a fifth-grader at the turn of the century.

Tucked in a book titled "Historic Photos of Cincinnati," there's a 1912 picture of a woman plugging an electric cord to recharge her car in her garage! Talk about creating retro anxiety over what could have been, had we not been steered away from electric cars.

That was Act I of our national effort to use electricity as the primary transportation fuel. Yet it was phased out as the oil companies roared ahead, drilling land, sand and water for the black gold.

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