An informal seminar with Chelsea Sexton.

Who Killed the Electric Car?


In 1996, electric cars began to appear on roads all over California. They were quiet and fast, produced no exhaust and ran without gasoline. 10 years later, these cars were destroyed. 20 years later, what has changed?

The New Zealand Government released their electric vehicle policy on 5th May.

Chelsea Sexton is an electric car advocate and advisor. She is most notable for her role in Who Killed the Electric Car. Sexton frequently writes articles and blog posts about electric cars and her views on obtaining mass adoption of the technology by the car industry and drivers. She lives in California with her husband Bob Sexton, a former EV1 service technician who was also employed by Tesla.

Chelsea was a key member of the General Motors EV1 program which, 20 years ago, produced one of the fastest, most efficient production cars ever built. It ran solely on electricity, produced no emissions, and catapulted American technology to the forefront of the automotive industry. With all the hype recently surrounding the Tesla Model 3 launch, there must be many current and retired General Motors executives wondering “if only”.