Bring Back the GM EV1

Friday morning, November 14th, 2008 – GM Training Center – Burbank, CA

The Honorable Nate Holden, former California State Senator and L.A. City Council Member, held a press conference demanding General Motors apologize to the American people for destroying the automaker’s EV1 plug-in electric vehicle. Mr. Holden demanded the EV1’s immediate re-introduction before, or in exchange for, any Government bailout of GM. Mr. Holden is outraged that General Motors is demanding a bailout of its financial crisis. In 2005 GM had the answer which would have solved their financial problems and that was the EV1 electric vehicle.

“General Motors compounded their financial woes by destroying the EV1 and continued to work with the oil companies to gouge the public. It’s a dishonest act on the part of General Motors.” said Holden.

This press conference was held at the very same GM facility where the EV1 Vigil took place during February and March 2005. Loyal GM EV1 customers tried valiantly to save 78 remaining EV1s from being crushed. Activists kept a 24/7 watch over the vehicles and offered to buy the EV1s from GM for their residual value. Alexandra Paul and Colette Divine were arrested while peacefully protesting and making a stand against an EV1 filled GM transport semi attempting to exit the facility. Chris Paine’s film Who Killed the Electric Car documented the EV1 Vigil (Click here to watch segment 4 and segment 9). Former EV1 drivers Doug Korthof and Chris Reeves attended and spoke at Holden’s press conference having each arrived in their respective plug-in EVs (2002 Toyota RAV4-EV and 1997 GM Chevy S10 EV).

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Bring Back the EV1 Press Conference

2008.11.14 Bring Back the GM EV1 Press Conference


1 Comment

  1. The resaon that GM won’t produce the EV1 is because the car exceed all expectation of durabilaty, environmentally, and cost efficient. So why not produce the car, because the Big three go by the old practice of sell a poor product and make people come back more often to by another poor product. The only way out of this mess is to apply the new technologies to our car and do it better then anyone else.

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