02006-07-04 | Design, Environment | 1 comment

Speaking of EVs | Gristmill: The environmental news blog | Grist Magazine
I’ve picked up a copy of The Car That Could by Michael Shnayerson, the 1996 book about the birth of the EV1. This quote really summed up the whole sorry tale, and it appears early in the book (p. 24, emphasis mine):

Roger Smith [Chairman of GM], the cars greatest skeptic, had grown so excited by its progress reports that he’d decided to unveil it at the LA auto show in early January.

This was not, among his colleagues, a popular decision.

Did Smith realize, they asked weakly, what effect such an introduction might have on the harebrained California regulators? If GM said an electric car could be done, why, the regulators might make them do it, failing to appreciate, as usual, the difference between a proof-of-concept vehicle and a fully productionized car.

I find it astonishing that it is just about impossible to buy an electric car in the USA in 2006… and no, this and this and this does not count… I want something under $100,000.

1 Comment

  1. Susana

    There is an interesting movie review by David Germain, Associated Press, on June 28, 2006 called, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” is a timely doc
    Skewed in favor of enthusiasts, the film still raises some great questions” It can be found on the MSNBC – Dateline website.


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