The three anti-GM points:
Originally Posted by darthvader420
-They crushed their EV1.
-They lie about batteries.
-The Volt is a PR stunt that will never be built.
1. GM crushed the EV1 because if they had sold them, that would mean they would need to produce OEM parts and keep servicing them, and deal with possibility of lawsuits, since they were a GM product. That would have been a nightmare. The alternative that some EV enthusiasts supported was to just sell them as-is. But if GM sold them as-is, and didn't produce parts or make service available to them, it would be an eye sore on GM. Unfortunately, GM didn't realize how much of a bigger eye sore the pictures of crushed EV1s was. Even if you don't believe this argument, don't forget- These cars were property of GM, they were leased. Nobody owned them except GM. GM can do what they want with their stuff- especially when the EV1 was such a failure as it was. It just came out at the wrong time and cost too much for it to catch on. Only laws kept it alive. Once those laws were removed, so were all the big EVs of the 90's and 00's.
2. GM never lied about batteries. When people bring up the fact that GM mentioned that "the batteries don't exist", they are taking it completely out of context. Batteries don't exist... that are cheap enough, light enough, durable enough. GM recognized that NiMH was not an acceptable solution because they were big and heavy, and a far superior technology was available, but needed some R&D. Now we see that the Li-ion batteries are doing well, but people still hold GMs choice to go with Li-ion against them. It's amazing to me that the biggest supposed proponents of change (EV enthusiasts and environmentalists) are so much against Li-ion. Damn GM for using the latest technology to built a superior environmental friendly product at lower prices than ever and that appeals to more drivers than any previous EV. Damn them! If people really want to see EREV become a reality, why the hell are you so much against the company that is pushing forward with it? What would you rather GM do? Build another unaffordable EV1? Sit back like Ford and Chrysler and do nothing? Or sit in hybrid stagnation like Toyota and Honda?
3. I can still hear people like Doug screaming that the Volt will never become a reality, that GM will kill it before it's even made available. Right now, GMs only hope is EREV. They made the mistake of underestimating gas prices, now they are making a product that will never put them in this position again. Their survival depends on it. They also realize that if they want a possibility of a government bailout, they will need a revolutionary vehicle to cut our dependence on foreign oil as a means to make a buyout more politically attractive. At the very worst interpretation, GM could hold the Volt hostage if they feel they need to.
I feel people are unfairly placing the blame on GM like the world scapegoated Germany for WWI, when there were many more factors involved than people were willing to consider. Sure, GM made some mistakes, but the entire blame for the failure of EVs a decade ago was not exclusively on GM. In fact, I blame timing and government more than I blame GM. The EV1 came when gas was cheap, and EVs were expensive. Government was creating the incentive to produce these cars (not demand), and when that incentive went away, so did the cars.
Like LampCord said, there's a much simpler explanation- and once you consider it, you can't help but realize that GM was only a minor contributor amongst dozens of others in the death of such a great vehicle.
"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." ~James Madison