Electric Dreams

I’m amazed that I somehow missed this “ad” for a Mercedes Benz electric car when it aired on Saturday Night Live several months ago, but better late than never. When I first saw it I didn’t know it was an SNL spoof, and thought for a moment it might be genuine. I was almost taken in with the opening line of Julia Louis-Dreyfuss holding up a AA battery and saying, “Isn’t it amazing how so much of our world is powered by something so small?” Of course, only a minuscule portion of our world is powered by standard chemical batteries like this, but it’s the kind of thing liberals would believe, and that car ad agencies might put over on us. But it quickly reveals itself, and is a perfect analysis of the inherent difficulties of electric car technology as it stands today. Enjoy (about 2 minutes long):

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