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Willy Lee Donating Member (925 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-05 09:20 AM
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25. Yet they are taking their electric cars to the desert and crushing them
Edited on Tue May-10-05 09:21 AM by Willy Lee
despite huge loyalty from the few who were able to get their hands on them...

The automakers, saying all-electric vehicles occupy a tiny and economically worthless niche, simply stopped making, leasing or selling the cars. And the people who leased the cars and wound up adoring them, only to see them called back in at the end of the lease period, are livid. Many wanted to buy the autos, but all but one manufacturer said no.

The automakers, saying all-electric vehicles occupy a tiny and economically worthless niche, simply stopped making, leasing or selling the cars.


Tom Gage, who was a manager in Chrysler Corp.'s regulatory strategy office for eight years, said automakers were unenthusiastic about making electric cars because it was the first time a government agency -- in this case, the state air resources board -- had told them specifically what to do. "The air board made them build a small percentage of cars for zero emissions," Gage said. The only car with no tailpipe emissions, he noted, was powered by electricity.

"The automakers saw this as a precedent they didn't want, something where regulators could tell them what to make," Gage said. "(They) fought it very hard, and one way to kill the mandate is to say it's a bad product, nobody wants to buy it, it's too expensive and its range is too short."

Makes you wonder, eh?

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  -GM's situation is far worse than what is being reported. KlatooBNikto  May-10-05 06:35 AM   #0 
  - How is that, Klatoo?  dbt   May-10-05 06:40 AM   #1 
  - GM is in the unenviable position that it is unable to sell any of its  KlatooBNikto   May-10-05 06:50 AM   #4 
     - actually, the only profitable arm of GM  northzax   May-10-05 09:10 AM   #19 
        - Thank you both!  dbt   May-10-05 09:12 AM   #21 
        - well, if you're scared about it  northzax   May-10-05 09:23 AM   #27 
           - Too late to be scared, innit?  dbt   May-10-05 09:58 AM   #32 
              - depends, how much do you think  northzax   May-10-05 10:05 AM   #33 
        - Also check pensions.  Pithy Cherub   May-10-05 09:38 AM   #29 
        - thanks for the truth...  gpandas   May-10-05 09:53 AM   #31 
           - GM also employes fewer people now because of robots.  benevolent dictator   May-10-05 10:09 AM   #34 
              - that was o.k when it was not their business...  gpandas   May-10-05 10:19 AM   #37 
                 - It's because people don't pay attention  benevolent dictator   May-10-05 10:31 AM   #43 
                    - it's because they are greedy and stupid...  gpandas   May-11-05 11:05 AM   #49 
  - Toyota has offered to bail them out  MADem   May-10-05 06:45 AM   #2 
  - well if Toyota is doing this, Honda will follow soon  WLKjr   May-10-05 09:15 AM   #24 
  - I read that the rest of the company was quick to denounce that statement.  benevolent dictator   May-10-05 10:11 AM   #35 
  - Zoom Zoom Zoom  0007   May-10-05 06:47 AM   #3 
  - From Harper's Index  dutchdemocrat   May-10-05 06:50 AM   #5 
  - They need to start practicing Bush Economics  quaoar   May-10-05 06:51 AM   #6 
  - Look for them to do ch. 11 bankruptcy  Mr.Green93   May-10-05 07:05 AM   #7 
  - Yes, as usual, due to poor decisions by management,  raccoon   May-10-05 07:35 AM   #9 
  - Oh, I don't think the UAW is without blame here, either...  IrateCitizen   May-10-05 09:06 AM   #17 
  - it worked for K-Mart  Unborn   May-10-05 10:27 AM   #42 
  - What about the "Homer"?  Taxloss   May-10-05 07:26 AM   #8 
  - "I want a horn here, here, here, and here...."  IrateCitizen   May-10-05 09:13 AM   #22 
  - Bingo!  Frederik   May-10-05 09:47 AM   #30 
  - They need to stop relying on those behometh SUVs for profits...  LynneSin   May-10-05 07:41 AM   #10 
  - No one will buy their smaller cars  benevolent dictator   May-10-05 10:15 AM   #36 
  - How long before we here GM's problems are Clintons fault?  newportdadde   May-10-05 07:45 AM   #11 
  - Clinton passed NAFTA  Unborn   May-10-05 10:35 AM   #45 
     - Camp pain?  EOTE   May-10-05 01:19 PM   #46 
        - Yeah - and didn't every single living President stand with him  TNOE   May-10-05 01:30 PM   #47 
  - There's a bit of lawsuit liability  cleangreencar   May-10-05 07:52 AM   #12 
  - gm makes most of its profit from finance not cars  cap   May-10-05 07:53 AM   #13 
  - I remember back when Chrysler was failing.  Wilber_Stool   May-10-05 08:00 AM   #14 
  - GM spends $1500 per vehicle for health care for current & retired  NoSunWithoutShadow   May-10-05 08:03 AM   #15 
  - I wonder how much per vehicle goes into the hands of the top 5%  newportdadde   May-10-05 08:37 AM   #16 
  - GM pays the highest blue color salaries in the country  northzax   May-10-05 09:20 AM   #26 
  - Yep, they employ too many people too well and  benevolent dictator   May-10-05 10:23 AM   #40 
  - According to the AFL-CIO's CEO watch  benevolent dictator   May-10-05 10:21 AM   #38 
  - Don't Japan and Germany have universal healthcare?  tedzbear   May-10-05 09:10 AM   #18 
  - Actually, GM management has expressed support for universal  IrateCitizen   May-10-05 09:11 AM   #20 
  - And $3,000 Into Advertising  KharmaTrain   May-10-05 09:26 AM   #28 
     - Well, they also probably won't let them go bankrupt  benevolent dictator   May-10-05 10:26 AM   #41 
  - A lot of the little GM companies (ones that supply them)  WLKjr   May-10-05 09:13 AM   #23 
  - Yet they are taking their electric cars to the desert and crushing them  Willy Lee   May-10-05 09:20 AM   #25 
  - With the exception of the new 'vette  blue northern   May-10-05 10:21 AM   #39 
  - what about ford?  amazona   May-10-05 10:33 AM   #44 
  - Alot of GM retirees will be losing their pensions.  blm   May-10-05 01:38 PM   #48 

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