The New York Times reported that Nissan Racing will have an Electric Car on the market in 2010. Nissan said that they’re ramping up development because of high gas prices, environmental concerns, and to meet stricter fuel-economy standards.
Nissan? Hello Detroit anybody there? You should be ashamed of yourselves!
Back in the late ’70s during the Carter administration with oil shortages, long gas lines and when gas was about 60 cents a gallon where was the innovation? Where was the political and business leadership? Where were our modern day Edisons or Westinghouses and Kennedys? Where are they now?
How many priceless lives have been lost due to oil and how much of our blessed environment have we killed – it’s shameful and sinful. If you calculate the cost of wars, lives, defense etc., into the future – which American leaders could have easily done (a very easy business case), they could have simply incentivized the Big 3 to come up with an electric car and supportive system in 10 years – I’m sure of it.
I’d bet that Edison and Ford would have accomplished built an effective electric car over a long weekend while vacationing in Ft. Myers.
I blame corporate America too for the lack of ingenuity.
Innovation is lacking in so many businesses – fast fail risk taking is key to rising above your competition and leaving the world a better place.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration, check out Dean Kamen – love this guy!
Here’s a quick video of Kamen’s Miracle Water Distiller!
Note: Famous picture of Edison above sleeping in his Laboratory.