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Friday, July 14, 2006

Why did GM kill the EV-1

CBC Radio One 8:30 am Friday July 14th/06 on **The Current**

Who Killed the Electric Car ?– Film Director
No gas, no oil, no tune-ups, no problems. It's the story of the EV-1, General Motor's ill-fated electric car.The EV-1 cruised the California roads in 1990, when 800 of the cars were leased to customers eager to drive a zero-emission automobile.
But despite rave reviews from the few who drove it, GM shut down the production line in 2003 and recalled every single one of them. Most of the fleet was shredded, crushing consumers' hopes that the electric car was here to stay.

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You could only lease the car, never buy it.. Every last car was re-claimed by GM.. Drivers loved it, yet GM claimed only 800 were in use and demand was too low to warrant production. I think they saw it would eclipse all other auto products and snuffed it out before it could be discovered by the public
========= TG.

One of its fans was filmmaker Chris Paine, who was once a proud driver of an EV-1. And now, the story of why General Motors decided to short-circuit the production of the electric car is what powers his documentary, appropriately titled, Who Killed the Electric Car? We reached Chris Paine by telephone in Los Angeles, California.

GM Response
While there may be plenty of blame to go around in Chris Paine's documentary, in the end, it was General Motors's decision to discontinue production of the EV-1 electric car.
To find out why, we contacted Dave Barthmuss. He's the manager for public policy, environment and energy for General Motors North America, and he was also in California.


==[ UPDATE ]==
Excellent full info at =CBEV.org

**The Huffington Post**

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**Very Fast EV**


Blogger Gayle said...

I went to the url you left and there's this: Supposedly the electric cars "do more damage to the environment than do monster vehicles like the Hummer."

Hmmmm. Sounds fishy to me. Wonder what facts they have to back up that claim?

1:05 PM  
Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Possibly, the electricity used by electric cars actually uses up more dead dinosaurs than a diesel Hummer H1 (which will be going out of production in favor of the two smaller ones). It depends on where the electricity comes from. If it's coal/oil, etc. as opposed to nuke/hydroelectric, etc., then possibly it's actually dirtier.

And that's only the beginning. Gotta consider range, charging time/charge station availability... consumers didn't really demand them all that much...

11:37 AM  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...

You are wise to be skeptical.

There will be many detractors; all those who lose employment or dividends and the auto and oil industries to begin with.

Central power generation is always a thousand percent cleaner than millions of independant combustion engines...

Stationery hydrogen power plants are far cleaner and safer than millions of mobile hydrogen power systems.

Elementary my dear Watson..er, Gayle. TG

PS when the Hummer goes *Electric*, they will carry a honda generator for recharge away from town.

11:59 AM  
Blogger M. Simon said...


You sound like an enthusiast. Not an economist or an engineer.

2:31 AM  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...


Maybe so, but you realize you are inferring that tech experts who founded TeslaMotors and produced the Tesla Roadster must then also be confused.

The founders are wealthy and shrewd CEOs of huge corporations like HP, Google, and many more.

One of those founders holds patents for advanced battery technology that made our Lap tops, Video cameras and power tools work for extended times. = TG

10:30 AM  

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