April 10, 2003

GM discontinues electric car program

Detroit, Michigan – General Motors plans to discontinue its electric car program due to the commercial failure of its EV1 electric car and changing environmental regulations.

In 1990, the Califoria Air Resources Board mandated that 10% of an automakers sales be electric cars, but automakers were not able to overcome the technnical hurdles needed to give electric cars comparable driving range, low ownership cost, and driving convenience that consumers demanded. GM leased only about 1,000 EV1 electric cars, and has plans to take the remaining EV1 cars off the road.

California is reported to be on the verge of changing its requirement for electric cars, and encouraging gas-electric hybrids and fuel cell cars instead.

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