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Farewell to the IT

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I first saw IT on Bowen Island in July of 2002. IT was an electric car – built on Annacis Island. A Low Speed Vehicle with limited range, not suitable for the freeway of course, but it would easily meet the needs of many urban commuters. I did not know the back story – which you can get from the Surrey Leader.

And thanks largely to bureaucratic bumbling it has now been shipped off shore and will be built in Pakistan. At least it has not been killed entirely, but really what is the matter with us? In the US simple ill will from GM will explain most things in the automotive business – and I suppose that could be true here too.

But we have needed electric cars for a while now. And enthusiasts can build them in their driveways. But somehow …

oh I don’t know … I give up

Written by Stephen Rees

March 26, 2008 at 3:36 pm

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  1. I think Kunstler calls it the “consensus trance”. Although he applies this term to American society as a whole, I think it could be aptly applied to the bureaucracy known as Transport Canada.

    Basically their stance is “business as usual, why should we do anything different? Everything works fine now!” and ensured the current system survives in its present form for as long as possible.

    I dunno. That’s what I think. A simple lack of imagination and belief that we don’t need to change.


    March 26, 2008 at 4:10 pm

  2. Have you seen this? Really excellent presentation.

    Not such a great article, but the video is well worth the time to watch!

    Erika Rathje

    March 28, 2008 at 4:34 pm

  3. Today I saw an it – on the street in Vancouver

    IT  LSV electric Vancouver BC

    and there is a useful article at Granville online too

    Stephen Rees

    November 23, 2008 at 8:31 pm

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