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Resurrecting the EV1

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by phedge, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. phedge

    phedge New Member

    Dec 29, 2007
    I tried to post this on the Tesla site but they seem to be very "picky" these days as to what they accept so it never appeared.

    My question is if GM is having such a hard time (financially) why don't they simply recommence manufacturing the EV1 that so many people became upset about when it was withdrawn?

    They must surely still have the tooling and drawings so the "re-start-up" costs would be minimal.
  2. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

    Aug 20, 2006
    #2 TEG, Jul 8, 2008
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2008
    Read this:
    Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy - Autoblog
    and this:
    Yahoo! Groups

    Also, keep in mind the following:
    • They say it was a money loser (too expensive to build).
    • Safety standards have changed since it was built.
    • Many parts suppliers likely don't have replacement parts or tooling to make them anymore.
    I could see it be a starting point for a new design, but the idea that you could just start the production line back up seems unreasonable.
  3. DDB

    DDB Member

    Sep 1, 2006
    It would be interesting if there were any companies out there (big or small) that would be interested in buying the name or tech that would result in producing an updated model or an EV2 or something close to it... We all know GM is looking for buyers. Someone want to move this thread to off-topic completely?
  4. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

    Aug 20, 2006
    Right now, "someone" would have to be Tonybelding or Dsacks6.

    Perhaps the forum needs a new moderator.
    Doug, if you were interested you could send a message to dsacks6 and ask...

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