Powerful Interests Stifle Innovation
General Motors Corporation and its offspring parts operation Delphi are currently laying off more than 50,000 unionized workers in the U.S. The companies claim that their North American operations are not profitable, and GM claims that it has to do the layoffs since it is losing market share for its cars.
Given the problems that GM claims it is having in its North American operations, the newly released film "Who Killed the Electric Car?" offers a helpful framework from which to view the automaker's current actions.
The film tells a little-known but significant story about corporate America and the U.S. government's failure to support innovation. Few in the U.S. or elsewhere know that GM had produced and leased 800 electric cars, which dotted the roads of California in the second half of the 1990s.