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With the opportunity to use electronics to increase profit margins on most every car and truck, why was the financial staff so emphatic that EV-1 was a cost center? When the program kicked off, there was no internet. The Day the Music Died. The firm kept a record of every contact. The first was that GM kept claiming most, if not all development cost associated with EV-1 had no other application. This would gradually be raised up to 25% over many years. All companies began viciously destroying all the electric cars they built and not letting any of their customers buy them. In my view, the non-product side of the story is far from complete, and what’s been told so far is misleading. Motive power technology ("non-gasoline" or "green" technology) threatens oil companies, and threatens the Petrodollar. Heartbroken EV1 leasees actually conducted funeral services for their cars and conspiracy ... GM considered electric cars for decades before launching the EV1 in 1996. What did kill the EV1 was dynamics inside GM. SOPAN SHARMA ET Bureau Oct 23, 2008, 04.36 AM IST A 1996 GM EV1 Electric Car Is Shown At The GM Heritage Center In Sterling Heights. No surprise that Stempel was a big supporter of EV-1 since much of his career involved new product development. Unusually, GM was used as the brand name for the EV1 built between 1996 and 2003, ... which led to all sorts of conspiracy theories about why the company would do such a thing. Project HAARP Is The US Controlling The Weather? There might be something to the General Motors Streetcar Conspiracy, and oil companies definitely campaigned against the GM EV1. My apologies. The EV1 became mildly popular, with celebrities such as Tom Hanks and Mel Gibson leasing them. An example – during a meeting I mentioned EV-1 was generating a high level of interest among teenagers. If one were to track incorporation of electronics into regular production cars/trucks, there was a huge jump after EV-1. Consumers and conspiracy theorists alike saw this as an unusual move, to say the least, but despite the very niche market, slim sales figures, and declining interest, GM claimed they didn't think the EV1 was a failure. The acceleration of electronics should have been fully supported by the financial staff…but it wasn’t. With that understanding, these executives knew the next chairman of GM would have a very rough time trying to stabilize the company and trying to rebuild earnings. She managed to convince the Robert Frost Foundation to allow EV-1 to be the first commercial use of his works. The loss of market share during Roger Smith’s reign meant fewer vehicles to cover fix cost. Strangely enough, General Motors and several other companies sued C.A.R.B. Only about 100 EV1 are left in operation for further research by GM. Once released GM soon seems to loose interest in promoting the EV1. Some of this erosion had been hidden by a number of accounting changes. By: Charles Murray. (Part 5 of 5) | usrevolution5. GM needed to cut costs and few alternatives were available. General Motors responded with the EV1, an electric car poised to be the first car in almost a century not powered by fossil fuels. One day we received a package from a group of high school students in Bulgaria. Inside GM, the view was just the opposite. Who was chosen to succeed Roger B. Smith as chairman? Stay tuned. No, a guy from the operating side. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Somehow they’d heard about the program (remember pre-internet) and completed a class assignment centered on the EV-1. The series of entries — I actually do not know how many — will attempt to provide addition insight. While the EV1 gained a bit of a cult following, GM only sold 1,117 units over the course of 4 years, and determined that the EV1 did not present a sustainable business case. Pingback: #350: GM EV-1: Story behind the Story. Yet, the incremental cost to produce many electronic features was almost nothing. All companies followed GM's lead. The past few entries have been a break from the craziness in Washington. Stempel faced another problem, which was not unexpected. Reset Password Register Login. Most people seemed to retain the EV-1 brochure, which was sent along with the letter. Actor/writer Peter Horton brought up many interesting issues in his article "Peter Buys an Electric Car" (June 8). The Conspiracy Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. The EV1 getting canned was one of the driving forces behind Eberhard and Tarpenning founding Tesla though. And there is the disquieting coincidence that the month after GM bought the Hummer brand from AM General Corp., GM canceled the EV1 program. A conspiracy by the financial staff is unlike the conspiracy implied in the movie “Who Killed the Electric Car?” The movie suggests a conspiracy among various car companies and other organizations associated with electric vehicles. All the EV1's were destroyed by General Motors except for several which were deactivated and sent to museums. No, a financial guy. Stempel had a stellar track record in operating roles at Pontiac and Chevrolet but no in-depth exposure to or understanding of finance. GM EV-1 was also tainted because Smith had it developed in secret by a company in California. When the the California Air Research Board (C.A.R.B.) found out about it they put a law in place forcing car companies to make 5% of their cars electric. The EV1 would be the first GM car in history to wear a "General Motors" nameplate, instead of one of GM's marques. The EV1 conspiracy discussed in the 2006 documentary “Who Killed The Electric Car” is at the least a bit interesting. When finished with the assignment they sent us a copy. Read the latest Gm Ev1 news and browse our full collection of Gm Ev1 articles, photos, press releases and related videos. Seems a bit odd, huh? GM had a long tradition of the chairman coming from the financial staff and the president coming from operations. Contact with the EV-1 group was not limited to the United States. Ok, then what was the conspiracy inside GM led by the financial staff? In legal style, it finds them guilty of murdering General Motors' two-seater Electric Vehicle 1 (EV1). Reasons and conspiracy theories about GM pulling the plug on the EV1 project are abound, but the company did have some very real reasons for shelving the project. For many inside GM, those 10 years could have been titled "The Decade of Sour Grapes." Did the senior financial executives setup Stempel, knowing GM earnings would be rocky the first few years post Roger Smith? If Stempel demonstrated he was unable to stabilize GM, would the financial staff be justified asking the Board to replace Stempel with a traditional finance guy in order to “save” the company? “You wrote me a letter.” Then often as not the person would reach into the desk and retrieve the letter. In Entry #347 I promised to talk about the dynamics of the meeting the day the music died. Unfortunately, the widespread interest in EV-1 fell on deaf ears inside GM. [1][2][3] The Flocken Elektrowagen of 1888 was designed by German inventor Andreas Flocken. Who was chosen to be president? Nextgen User Login. At the time of EV-1, many electronic features carried a price premium. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Much of the development could be applied to and increase profits of other GM cars/trucks. Did this letter writing effort have an impact? Windows 10 is a Tool to Spy on Everything You Do, https://web.archive.org/web/20140105043545/http://www.owningelectriccar.com/electric-car-history.html, "World's first electric car built by Victorian inventor in 1884", https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5212278/Worlds-first-electric-car-built-by-Victorian-inventor-in-1884.html, Neue Presse Coburg: Elektroauto in Coburg erfunden (German), http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/182400/electric-automobile, https://conspiracy.fandom.com/wiki/Electric_car?oldid=12529. There are two sides to the EV1 story — product and non-product. When GM hauled its EV1 fleet off to the crusher amid protesting consumers, the car became an automotive martyr and was used as evidence of a conspiracy against EVs. What was on the table for cutting, at least from the financial staff’s perspective, was EV-1. But did that matter? Periodically I write a “sense check” to assess whether in the next few years, a revolution in the US is still possible or whether the entire exercise is based on a statistical aberration — i.e., a roughly 50-year cycle between major upheavals in the US. Many GM executives intensely disliked the EV-1 program and considered it a waste of scarce funds. The film castigates automakers, oil companies, ... as a groundswell of demand for the GM EV1… This is a check for $1,700,000 representing the $24,000 residual value for each of the 77 remaining EV1 6-year old used cars. GM would then contact those on the list and tell them all of the limitations of the cars, something most retailers and car manufacturers would never do. By the end of the 1980s electric vehicles had taken baby steps towards becoming practical. Like every circumspect car company, GM considered electric cars for decades before launching the EV1 in 1996. The cash burn rate was not that great. In the early 1990’s, the US economy slid into a recession. Also, Smith diverted a huge amount of cash to start Saturn. As noted in an earlier entry, during the 1980’s Smith purchased Hughes Electronics, Electronic Data Systems, stock held by Ross Perot associated with EDS purchase. Reasons and conspiracy theories about GM pulling the plug on the EV1 project are abound, but the company did have some very real reasons for shelving the project. La GM rese disponibili, per il noleggio a lungo termine, oltre 800 modelli EV1 (delle circa 1 100 prodotte) con la previsione di ritirarle dopo tre anni di servizio. GM refused to sell, and continued crushing and destroying the last of the EV1. Perhaps most interesting though is the GM Streetcar Conspiracy [3]. As noted in an earlier entry, I think the multi-organization conspiracy theory presented in the movie is simply not true. Before that GM was blamed for the deaths of over 2,000 people in what became known as the saddlebag fuel tank cover-up. Who knows where we would be if GM didn't stop the EV1 program. Entry #346 started discussing another project that continues to generate considerable interest — the GM EV1, the first modern electric vehicle, which was introduced more than 25 years ago. The series will be a good diversion from the madness in Washington and offer a good lesson or two, I hope. A few famous people, such as Mel Gibson, owned an EV1. Ford released the Th!nk and other companies, including Toyota, released electric cars as well. Over the next 18 months, the remaining 200-odd 1999 EV1 were released, a few at a time, to selected lessees, mostly high-profile celebrities and politicians. About 1100 EV1's were produced by General Motors (GM) and leased to selected drivers at a monthly cost of $250 to $500. GM didn’t sell the car, but they leased it, calling the experimental car’s first users “beta-testers” rather than customers. GM. Former EV1 drivers continued to offer to purchase their cars for cash for years. Was there really a coup d’état at GM? The Day the Music Died. A financial guy? Hard to imagine now but true, no internet. While Roger Smith’s follies festered frustration and anger toward EV-1, some of us on the program could have done a better job trying to convey the value of EV-1 to executives inside GM. GM EV1 Owners. The second reason for the “cost-center” claim is more sinister and one I’ve never heard discussed publicly. Part of the cause was frustration among many GM executives with 1980’s chairman Roger Smith diversion of cash from product development and marketing programs. GM has discontinued it's electric vehicle program, and is in the process of gathering up most of the 1160 EV1's that were produced. found out about it they put a law in place forcing car companies to make 5% of their cars electric. So much so that EV1 fans start to promote the vehicle themselves. Higher-level finance executives knew that actions during Roger Smith’s reign had seriously eroded GM’s earning power. GM lost money on each EV1 it built, and not just pennies on the dollar. The product side has been reasonably well documented. Smith replied, “15 year-olds don’t buy cars!” True, but just from a pure economic standpoint that 15 year-old will likely purchase at least 10 cars/trucks in his or her lifetime, and probably more. ( Log Out /  Mar 24, 2014 - Explore Jean-Marc's board "G.M. More about the Revenge Revolution, a list of earlier revolutions and the author, Entry #1. It was not uncommon to return from a week-long business trip and have a stack of 300-400 letters delivered to the house waiting for me to sign. As described in previous entries, there was a dichotomy on the GM EV-1 program. Maybe a bit Machiavellian? Over roughly a two-year period, I signed about 25,000 letters. 96 likes. for making the law forcing them to make the cars they already were making. Despite some proclamations from GM, demand for the car did not kill it. They began to get a waiting list for the car. An operating guy? The Electric car conspiracy concerns how electric cars had been phased out, for at least a half-a-century, by Oil giants who engaged in underhanded tactics against motive power inventors. The public, the media and most government organizations were interested and viewed very positively GM’s efforts to develop and introduce an electric vehicle. A movie, “Who Killed the Electric ar?” was centered on the EV1. Closing Saturn, even though it was bleeding cash, would have been a PR disaster. In earlier days, GM ran Super Bowl commercials produced by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for the EV1. Reasons and conspiracy theories about GM pulling the plug on the EV1 project are abound, but the company did have some very real reasons for shelving the project. In California in the early 1990s the electric car was brought back by General Motors, but again forcefully destroyed. The GM EV1 is the one example of a car hitting a technological wall so hard that it actually caused public outcry. Frus- trations with earlier decisions and politics inside GM … Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The product side has been reasonably well documented. So, was there really a conspiracy? The EV1 getting canned was one of the driving forces behind Eberhard and Tarpenning founding Tesla though. I’m not one of these people who believes GM killed the EV1 prematurely, or that there was some grand conspiracy. The advertising manager on EV-1 was Amy Rader, a history major from Princeton. ( Log Out /  The key issue left out was the cost of producing the EV1 electric car. An example of the public support was the number of people who contacted the program seeking information. As GDP and personal income declined, predictably so did car sales. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Plus, the diversion of cash for Smith’s various projects, especially Saturn, meant GM had no cash reserve. Conspiracy [edit | edit source] In the early 90s General Motors began developing the EV1, an electric car. Product programs and marketing programs at the car divisions had already been raided to fund Roger Smith’s various projects. Perhaps most interesting though is the GM Streetcar Conspiracy … Change ), #350: GM EV-1: Story behind the Story. The “cost-center” view may have been a cover for at least two other actions. Work on the GM electric car program continued after the end of PrEView. And why? Very little has been written about how decisions made inside GM during the 1980’s influenced the fate of EV1. However, even that effort might not have overcome what seems to have emerged over time as the death knell of the EV-1 program. In 1999 an improved GenII of the EV1 is released with an optional Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery, which extends the range up to 140 miles. No-one saw EVs as being a profitable venture back then, and other manufacturers certainly aren't willing to take such a large uncalculated risk on bringing these vehicles to market. Posted by Jordan Abel in Corporate Policy, General Motors, Personal Stories, Uncategorized. GM EV-1 was also tainted because Smith had it developed in secret by a company in California. The EV1 … And who doesn’t remember which brand cars/trucks were “cool” when they were 15 years old? Readers: this blog is set in the future (sometime after the year 2020). [4] Electric cars were among the preferred methods for automobile propulsion in the late 19th century and early 20th century, providing a level of comfort and ease of operation that could not be achieved by the gasoline cars of the time.[5]. Llyod president of the C.A.R.B., an enviromentalist, took away the law citing Hydrogen fuel as the way of the future. Blomberg bloops on GM’s Volt. (Part 5 of 5) | usrevolution5. With GM as its primary example, the film documents that car makers engaged in both positive and negative marketing of the electric car as its intentions toward the car and California legislation changed. To understand how the dynamics evolved we need to review actions inside GM during the decade leading up to the introduction of the EV1 concept car. Plus, EV-1 was GM’s only bright spot. As noted in an earlier entry, during the 1980’s Smith purchased Hughes Electronics, Electronic Data Systems, stock held by Ross Perot associated with EDS purchase. All companies followed GM's lead. Yet, as EV-1 was being developed, elsewhere in GM there were efforts to incorporate many features of EV-1 into regular production vehicles. Question: The GM EV1: What Could Have Been The Shelving Of GM's EV1 Project Has Widely Been Thought Of, And Accepted By The GM Top Brass As One Of The Company's Biggest Mistakes. Robert Stempel, who was chosen as chairman to replace Roger Smith, was the quintessential engineer. For maybe 10 years after the program, I would be introduced to someone who would say, “Oh, I know you.” I would ask how they knew me since we were just introduced. I’m not one of these people who believes GM killed the EV1 prematurely, or that there was some grand conspiracy. The advertising campaign was small and less than great. If I knew anything about the location or something else that might be of interest to the recipient, I would write a short note in the margin. So here are my questions. The cause of death was the view by the financial staff that EV-1 was nothing more than a cost center. The dynamics are rarely, if ever, discussed. I’ll do that in the next entry. In 1884, over 20 years before the Ford Model T, Thomas Parker built the first practical production electric car in London in 1884, using his own specially designed high-capacity rechargeable batteries. My sinister view is the EV-1 happened to be a convenient mechanism for implementing a conspiracy by the financial staff. Most recent sense check, Entry #332. Like many efforts on the program, we broke the mold for what was considered a standard car brochure. It shows the usual nauseating network of silver-haired execs, lobbyists and politicos, but gives some emphasis to George W Bush (a quack salesman for hydrogen cars) and Alan Lloyd, chairman of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), 1999-2004. This would gradually be raised up to 25% over many years. John Wayland is creating a new interpretation of the electric car - the EV2 - with parts from GM's discontinued EV1 inside a Honda Insight Hybrid shell which can go 400 miles in one charge. In the late ’60s, GM collaborated with Boeing to build electric Lunar Rovers to support Apollo missions. ( Log Out /  Who knows where we would be if GM didn't stop the EV1 program. Since the assumed breakthrough in battery technology did not come through in time, the impracticality of the car increased on account of low travelling ranges and lengthy recharge times. In Entries #343-#345 I included some observations about my time working with Lee Iacocca, who died July 2. The truth is it was a cramped, two … As someone who cut his teeth on the GM financial staff, I can sort of understand that view, although I do find baffling the lack of enlightenment about the non-product value that EV-1 generated for GM. Former GM EV1 owners, please post photo of you and your EV1 and say what you are driving now. However, the EV1's were unsuccessful due to limited range capabilities. While the original 50 Impact cars were destroyed after testing was finished, the design had evolved into the GM EV1 by 1996. The EV-1 catalog, of course, was on recycled paper. A petition, initiated because a section of utility bills were going to pay for Charging Stations, was being made by Oil Companies. He then held a surprise introduction at the LA Auto Show, including the statement that GM would produce EV-1. GM had dismantled the EV1 supplier and manufacturing plant in 1998, it was reported by GM insiders; the only question was who would be allowed to lease the already-built EV1. Before that GM was blamed for the deaths of over 2,000 people in what became known as the saddlebag fuel tank cover-up. GM profits also fell. The 'Conspiracy' Behind the EV Market. Also, Smith diverted a huge amount of cash to start Saturn. Since the assumed breakthrough in battery technology did not come through in time, the impracticality of the car increased on account of low travelling ranges and lengthy recharge times. Instead, it rests on half-baked left-wing conspiracy theories. However, cutting EV-1 made little economic sense. We did not spend enough time making sure our colleagues at the GM operating divisions understood how the EV-1 program could benefit GM and benefit the operating divisions. (If you have not read Entries #346-#348, suggest you do so before reading this entry.). Amy thought we should have a different kind of brochure. Automotive. ( Log Out /  EV1", followed by 525 people on Pinterest. Entry #346 started discussing another project that continues to generate considerable interest — the GM EV1, the first modern electric vehicle, which was introduced more than 25 years ago. And after a strainful wait, they got to lease the car; there was no option to buy it outright. But there's a difference between campaigning, and conspiracy. I agree and understand that sometimes immediate needs for cash overtake future considerations, even if the long-term consequence may be negative. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The EV1 conspiracy discussed in the 2006 documentary “Who Killed The Electric Car” is at the least a bit interesting. I like to remind people that even though GM eventually cancelled EV-1, one the major benefits of the program was accelerating the use of electronics in vehicles. Despite the $34,000 sticker price, it's believed that each car actually cost GM between $80,000 and $100,000. The shelving of GM's EV1 project has widely been thought of, and accepted by the GM top brass as one of the company's biggest mistakes. In the early 90s General Motors began developing the EV1, an electric car. But "Killed" plays way too loose with the facts. While Stempel continued support for the EV-1, the recession forced GM into a difficult choice. See more ideas about general motors, electric car, electric cars. I reached the more sinister conclusion based on: (i) early training to be an actuary, which includes trying to find patterns out of seemingly random events; (ii) studying the history of General Motors; (iii) having worked with most of the financial executives involved. There are two sides to the EV1 story — product and non-product. The 800# was staffed by a firm which I had used at Buick. Guarnieri, M. (2012). The new nickel-metal battery technology didn't improve the EV1 as expected, and the program was just a tad before it's time. 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