A Sad Day for EVs
of you who hoped the rumors about GM crushing the
EV1 were not true, viewers are warned that the graphic
nature of the images you are about to see may not
suitable for EV enthusiasts.
An anonymous photographer captured these images in
December 2003 at GM's Desert
Grounds in Mesa, Arizona. Many believe the EV1 to be the most
advanced automobile ever produced. General Motors spent over
a billion dollars to produce 1000 EV1s during the 1990's and
leased them out in California and Arizona as a demonstration
In recent years, major automakers and The Bush Administration
applied legal pressure to the California Air Resources Board
to remove a mandate to sell electric cars in the state. A
federal judge in Fresno ruled in 2002 that California could
not force automakers to produce electric cars, citing complaints
from automakers that electric vehicle technology is not practical
and there is no demand. Automakers have long fought the zero
emissions standard because, they claim, it effectively requires
them to produce thousands of electric cars, which unlike hybrids
have limited range and require heavy, expensive batteries.
Around this time, GM and other automakers issued announcements
that vehicle leases would not be renewed when they expire.
Automakers said that there is no demand for electric cars.
Drivers however testified that they love the cars and wish
to keep them, and that Detroit never made a serious attempt
to sell them.
EV enthusiasts should take heart in the knowledge that these
images represent a small number of the total EV1s built. (Also
take note the unidentified pickups which appear in the background
have also been crushed.)
EV1 customers have been contacting ZAP to inquire about its
electric car programs. While ZAP is currently offering low-speed
vehicles to U.S. auto dealers, the Company is working to develop
freeway capable electric cars as well as other vehicles.