Upon reading the news today that GM is developing a plug-in electric passenger car and hopes to have it in customers' driveways by 2010, I have to ask; haven't we been down this road before?
I mean, don't quote me on this but General Motors was the very same car company that produced the EV1 in the late 1990's and then, for reasons that no one really knows, took them back and destroyed them. Literally, crushed them. Observe:
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The EV1 and its eventual demise was even the subject of a movie, entitled Who Killed the Electric Car? After watching that movie (and getting quite disgusted over the whole situation), I actually came away thinking that General Motors themselves killed the electric car....if nothing else, they certainly gave the "Do Not Resuscitate" order.
The news article on MSNBC goes on to describe how GM is seeking to regain market share against their Japanese competitors, whose fuel-efficient cars have been beating up their top-heavy American counterparts quite badly the past few years.
So why in the world did they crush all those perfectly good electric cars in the first place?