Being one of the founders of an electric car company can be a bittersweet experience, as top executives at Aptera, Tesla and Fisker have found out. We can now add another name to the list: Terry McAuliffe, founder of GreenTech Automotive, quietly stepped out of the picture late last year.

This happened sometime before Dec. 1, 2012, which is the date of a letter from GreenTech's CEO Charles Wang accepting McAuliffe's resignation as chairman. Wang's letter was recently forwarded to The Washington Post by a company official, but reasons for his departure were not revealed in the letter or by the anonymous source.

McAuliffe has his eyes on the gubernatorial job in Virginia, which will be decided by voters in November. The former chairman of the Democratic Party finished second in a three-way primary contest for governor in 2009. He invested $20 million in EuAuto Technology, a Hong Kong-based company making a tiny electric car called MyCar. McAuliffe, a businessman and entrepreneur, promoted GreenTech Automotive as an example of his skillset and commitment to Virginia's economy.

Last year, the company unveiled its two-seat low-speed MyCar that can go about 115 miles on a charge and will sell for about $15,500. It's being built in Horn Lake, MS, at a plant that could create up to 426 new jobs. Visits by former President Bill Clinton (D) and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) drew some kudos, but there have been jabs thrown by an opponent asking if GreenTech will be bringing jobs to Virginia.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, the Republican candidate for governor, has written an editorial against McAuliffe's EV work and told The Washington Post, "McAuliffe believes his business acumen qualifies him to be governor of the Commonwealth and this revelation [that he stepped down] completely invalidates the central premise of his candidacy."

McAuliffe's campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin did acknowledge by email that McAuliffe "verbally" announced his intention to resign from GreenTech before filing to run for governor. "Terry was about to start running for Governor and knows that it is a full time job doing so. This is the same reason Virginian Attorney Generals traditionally resign when running for Governor," Schwerin wrote.

Starting up an EV car company just ain't what it used to be.


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      EVnerdGene
      • 1 Year Ago
      spec, so that means you are pro-sodomy (**********, zoophilia, buggery, etc. . . ) ? Yeah, yeah, yeah; I know the argument. Stay out of my bedroom.
      carney373
      • 1 Year Ago
      The terms "theocrat" and "theocracy" get tossed around carelessly. A theocracy is a government in which the state and the church are identical. Having religious ideas, or religiously-derived values, affecting public policy does NOT count, otherwise every government ever is a theocracy. Nor is having an established church a theocracy; otherwise Sweden and the Netherlands today are. Only a very few governments that have ever existed have been actual theocracies, such as Vatican City, current-day Iran, and pre-1949 Tibet. On abortion and "gay" issues, current social conservatives' stances are much the same as the universal American consensus before the social fabric began to fray in late 1960s. Were Washington, Lincoln, FDR, and Eisenhower "theocrats"?
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      @ Spec Maybe he was worried if the law was abolished it would devalue his closet ! :)
      EVnerdGene
      • 1 Year Ago
      coming to take you away - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPiUuGLOSkU Marco, thought of something else Aussie (?) in my collection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FyD95Hv7CU The Great Crepitation Contest Listen to this at a party; might have some spewing beer from nose.
      EVnerdGene
      • 1 Year Ago
      Marco, I thought it was Dr. Demento. You burst my bubble. http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~norm/TakeMeAway.html Still have a cassette tape with this song on it. Gave several away as gag gifts way back. Dr. Demento had a late night radio show that was hilarious. Saw him at a county fair maybe ten years ago. Not so funny with the sun shining. Has to be the right mood, maybe with some stimulants.
      EVnerdGene
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/terry-mcauliffe-faces-scrutiny-for-electric-car-company/2013/04/15/8cf1b958-a5e0-11e2-8302-3c7e0ea97057_story.html Sleaze in Washington DC, Sleaze in Mississippi Sleaze in Virginia
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      That thing is still alive? NEVs are pretty much dead. Let it go. No point in an NEV these days when you can get a full speed car like a Smart ED or Mitsubishi-i for just a few thousand more.
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        And for the USA, NEV's built by golf cart companies are cheaper, and sell quite well. There is a web cam in a Florida community and they can be seen all over the place.
          EVnerdGene
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EZEE
          EZEE 4 or 5 years ago, I was sent to The Villages to investigate the thousands of alternative vehicles being used there. Almost every one of them that I saw was making little one-banger noises, and leaving a trail of gas and oil fumes in their path. Visited golf cart/NEV dealers to confirm that over 90% were indeed gas. "distances just too great for electric". NEVs have pretty much died since the ZEV credits died. No more rebates or giveaways. About ten years ago, there was a 100% subsidy/rebate for sales in Arizona. Couldn't give them away fast enough. Polaris fairly recently bought GEM from Chrysler. Hope they got a real deal, cause . . .
      EVnerdGene
      • 1 Year Ago
      dang, beast (best) - i - ality is a censored word ? Be afraid, be very afraid. They're coming to take you away haha hehe hoho
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      @ EVnerdGene Ah ha, 10 points for knowing the lyrics of Naplolean X1V's (Jerry Samuels) 1966 hit ! (another 10 for knowing it was about a dog).
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Normally the ambitions of provincial US politicians have little interest for me. Terry McAuliffe, however, is a different story. ( The little NEV above also doesn't excite me!) Terry McAuliffe is one of the most influential politicians and party strategists of his generation. I have met Terry McAuliffe on a number of occasions and heard him speak. I gained the impression that he's a man of integrity and moderate political persuasion. He's also a committed and passionate environmentalist and strong supporter of EV technology. He could well be a future presidential candidate, and while he would be a formidable opponent, he is very much a product of the Democratic party machine, which may worry some unaligned voters. If the only thing Ken Cuccinelli can find against Terry McAuliffe, is that he prudently resigned from his private business responsibilities before entering public life, then the Republicans should look for a more inspirational candidate !
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marcopolo
        Ken Cuccinelli should lose . . . he spent today defending a Virginia anti-sodomy law. LOL. Join the 21st century you theocrat. And take Governor ultrasound with you.
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          @ EVnerdGene' Ah yes, Dr. Demento ! Only at UCLA, could you earn a master's degree in ethnomusicology ! Great fun ! I am currently seeing (well, dating) an exchange student from San Diego. Unfortunately, her lack of knowledge of some of these great artists of yesteryear is very disturbing ! But not as disturbing as the fact that Phil Orchs died more than ten years before she was born, and 20 years before the assassination of Robert Kennedy ! now about those 'stimulants' you were mentioning .........
          EVnerdGene
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          nothing illicit for many years - seen too many friend's lives ruined and ended. My favorite is an amber ale. Even though not my favorite, I judge all others by Sierra Nevada. Very good, and consistent. Always searching for better. I occasionally get a Guinness in English pubs, those Brits do know what it takes to wash down fish and chips. Black n Tan also a pub treat. Common occurrence: When a waitress asks what I want, I ask' "what do you have on draft - but skip all the light ones." Every friggin' time; "bud light, miller light, krap lite, , , ." Illicit drugs or just dingbats? New Year's resolution: More wine, less beer. So what's your favorite decade for music? (you know, the stuff your current squeeze never heard of)
        throwback
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marcopolo
        If he expects to be Gov of Virginia he better appear to be moderate. As part of the Democrat elite, I doubt he is as moderate as he appears. Neither party has room for moderates anymore. As for us Libertarian leaning folks, we just try to stay out of the cesspool of either party.
          carney373
          • 1 Year Ago
          @throwback
          But libertarians are the opposite of moderate. Extreme permissive lifestyle left on the social issues, extreme free market laissez faire on the economic issues. And that's just on the domestic side - libertarians start sounding like Radio Teheran on foreign policy.
      HVH20
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well there is that... And then there is still the part where this company is just a front for wealthy foreigners to invest in American companies and buy their way to citizenship. But I guess this is better than someone just jumping the fence.
      tump
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes!
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