Who Killed the Electric Car?

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In 1996, one car stood out above the rest. With its zero emissions and sporty, sleek design, the General Motors EV-1 was unstoppable. This car ran entirely without gas or oil of any kind. It ran only on electric power which made it very eco-friendly. It was built to comply with California’s zero emissions vehicle mandate that stated if auto makers wanted to sell cars in California some of those cars would have to be no exhaust. General Motors started leasing them publicly in 1997. All 660 available for lease, got leased. This car was the answer to California’s smog problem and would soon be able to help stop global warming and more of our planets environmental problems. So, why are there none of these cars on the road today? Who made sure that none of these Ev-1’s were ever mass produced? Who killed the electric car? In 2000, tragedy struck as all EV-1’s were recalled. In 2003, California’s zero emissions vehicle mandate was killed and General Motors officially closed down the entire EV-1 project despite the long waiting lists and positive feedback from EV-1 drivers. This terrible crime did not go unnoticed by the public. Consumers were outraged by the recalling of EV-1’s. They wanted to know why someone would get rid of a car that would help out the environment and would make things better for the future. Someone is to blame for killing the electric car, but who? Was it the big oil companies and their fear of losing money? Could it be the battery technology in the EV-1’s that was faulty? Maybe, it was the CARB (California Resources Board) who did not want to support. Chris Pine, the director of, “Who killed the Electric car?” Says that all these factors are to blame. General...
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