A few years ago I had a student who was possessed by the idea that there is a body of highly innovative R&D material out there that has been deliberately mothballed solely on account of the threat that it poses to current business models. But he had a very difficult time coming up with examples. Now comes a recent documentary film called “Who Killed the Electric Car?,” which gives us a specific, visual account of General Motors’s efforts to literally destroy a fleet of electric EV-1 vehicles that it took back from leaseholders.
Tidbits about the film:
If you type “who killed the electric car” into Google’s search box, the first result is a post from General Motors’s FastLane blog. Interesting.
The filmmakers obtained footage of GM’s demolition operation by chartering a helicopter to fly over the GM processing facility. Can anyone spot the IP not-so-hypothetical here?
And my favorite bit, because it’s personal: I went to school with the director, Chris Paine, from K through 12th grade. It’s great to see him have this success.