(woai) ‘Baywatch’ cop busted in bid to save electric cars.
GM is shipping EV1s to be crushed. “Baywatch” actress Alexandra Paul and another woman were arrested Monday after blocking the path of trucks hauling GM’s pioneering EV1 electric cars to Arizona to be destroyed, police said.
“The company said the cars never became popular enough to turn a profit, and that they must be destroyed because there isn’t a large enough supply of the car’s 2,000 parts. That could make the vehicles unsafe and lead to lawsuits, GM contends. … GM has declined the group’s offer to pay a total of $1.9 million for the vehicles. “
“GM’s EV1 was cute, quick and fun to drive. It could manage 70-90 miles on the energy equivalent of a half-gallon of gas in its 1200-lb lead-acid battery pack, and nearly twice that with a much more expensive NiMH pack.” – carconnection
The EV1 may be gone, but the Prius is still going strong. I still want one.
“Toyota, which acknowledges that demand has been much higher than anticipated, will increase Prius production dramatically in 2005 — from 10,000 a month to 15,000. It also will raise the price $580 to $20,875 starting in September.” – aiada
The descruction of the EV1s is one of the strangest things in the history of cars.