Holy shit, the thing's got 250 horses under that "hood". It seems it was
supposedly released (if you call a total production run of only 25 cars
released) in 2007. I wonder if anyone actually bought one?
I don't know. I saw a TV correspondent interview one of the officers and
test ride in it just today. Don't know how old the sound byte was.
These things are not for the masses, if anyone.
Pardon my misspelling of "omologato" by the way.
Everyone but the dealers liked the EV1. Dealers didn't like it because it
didn't break down often enough to make an obscene profit off of.
Can you imagine what technology the 2009 EV1 would have, IF the company
hadn't listened to its dealers and crushed the whole batch?
If a man goes way out into the woods all alone and says something,
I don't have all the facts, as they differ depending on what you read. Some
blame the oil cartels, some blame GM, some blame the Government, some blame
all of the above. From what I have found that is actually conclusive, the
EV1's were developed under the strict policy that they only be leased for a
certain amount of time, then taken back. It was like a trial run. IIRC,
the cars didn't even comply with the safety standards of the day, as that
was part of the deal. If you want to learn more about them, give that "Who
Killed the Electric Car" movie a watch. As for the decision itself, even if
GM did make it, the claim is that they were forced too. But, like I said,
it all depends on what you read.
my memory isnt all that great about this even though i worked for GM i didnt
think the EV1 was all that great. it was supposed to get 100 miles on a
recharge which isnt that much if it was used for anything except short
commuting. They only built 800 i think and only were able to lease about
half of them. at that time i didnt remember any one raving about it after
the first reviews. The stying was awful, the interior seemed crowded, and it
was very expensive. It would have never made any money. I think is was
built because of the Calif. pending enviromental laws and didnt work out
and GM cut its losses. the plant it was built in was not made for any
volume ithink it was 5 a day or 5 per hr at best. it was replaced by a small
2 seat buick sports car that failed also which was probably also
From what I can find, GM built around 2,234 EV's (first and second
generations), the second generation batteries could travel up to 150 miles,
and all were leased, and all had a "no purchase" clause in the paperwork.
You could lease them, but not purchase them. As for whether people liked
them or not, the people I have had contact with who owned or drove one said
they were very impressed. The car was apparently very quiet on the highway,
comfortable, and they believed it was worth the $299+ per month price tag.
But, like all opinions, those are of those people, not everyone.
What part of "The EV-1 was an experimental vehicle bolt under exception to
the EPA and NHTSA regulations at the time and could not be sold," and had to
be destroyed did you not understand?
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I am very naive at times.. I assumed it was another of the many many concept
cars that GM put together and were really not too serious about producing.
They and other companies have done this many times in the past.
I dont believe there was any oil company conspiracy or anything like that.
I don't think it was a cabal/conspiracy by oil companies either but it
was a very bad decision on GM's part. As has already been noted think
of where we, as a nation, and GM, as a company, if the EV-1 had been
developed instead of being thrown away.
I would agree, there is no oil conspiracy. Simple demand-supply going on.
Just like autos. But in the case of autos the prices are down with pricing
pressures mounting. Part of GMs issue is marketing seems to have their
heads squarly between their legs, wanting to produce expensive crap when
people want cheap and reliable. Just a mater of being realistic on the
We are all naive at times, but as you are doing and many others, you work
through it. The realist with a firm graps of rationality always gets the
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