After EV1's (with the Ovonics NiMH battery) release, BEVs moved from hobbyist to a niche. Someone with a realistic commute could enjoy a smooth, quiet responsive electric ride. Sure, only 20,000 a year at first.GRA wrote: ↑Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:47 pmNot to me. BEVs were hobbyist cars at the time of the EV1, and had minimal growth potential. GM got in to PHEVs at the right time, and BEVs likewise, and I consider the current Bolt the first BEV to almost combine the necessary price/performance to be mass-marketable. What was sad was GM's failure to offer an Voltec AWD CUV in 2016 along/instead of the Gen 2 Volt, not their abandonment of the EV1.WetEV wrote: ↑Mon Nov 08, 2021 3:00 pmYet a different path might have been followed. Might have been the end of GM, much as the CCDs that Kodak developed were used in all sorts of digital cameras that doomed Kodak's business and thus Kodak itself. Or maybe GM would have survived on the new business. Or even thrived. GM was first, GM could have innovated, lowered cost, spread out the market, and picked up on newer battery technologies.
Sad, isn't it?
Hydrogen cars don't even have a niche. Fuel cell cars are only sold because of subsidies. At a discount. In the tightest car market in memory.
Many BEVs sell today without any subsidies.