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Wheels.29

The future

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{Wheels.29.10}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:49:08 CDT (22 lines)

No, there were other reasons for destroying them all, and while it
might make me sound like I'm on the company's side, I've seen enough
of the industry to say that they had legitimate reasons for not
leaving them in the marketplace.

The technology was new, and the cars were extremely small-volume and
hand-built, which means that eventually, something was going to go
wrong. When it does, then with extremely rare examples (the Tesla's
fires being one of them), you can't overcome that bad publicity.

Somewhere down the line, an EV-1 was going to stop in its tracks, and
any goodwill would have been lost. Plus, the company would have had
to keep parts in stock for years (if memory serves, it's a minimum of
10 years) and kept technicians trained for the few that would have
been left.

The EV-1, and the other electrics that Nissan, Toyota, Ford, et al
put on the road, were introduced strictly to meet the laws that
California set in place at the time. The cars were essentially
cobbled together, and in a hurry. Once the laws were removed, there
was no need for these extremely expensive programs, and GM (and
others) didn't want to clean up what was left over from them.

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