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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Car that could.
New York : Random House, ©1996
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|Description:||xviii, 295 pages ; 25 cm|
Technological challenges that have confronted electric vehicles since the turn of the century. When Michael Shnayerson began visiting the program in mid-1992, those challenges remained unsolved - perhaps insoluble. Then, four months later, amid huge and growing losses, GM's chairman and his team were pushed aside in the most dramatic boardroom revolt in U.S. history. The EV program was reduced to a symbolic effort. Yet, as chairman Jack Smith began managing a.
Near-miraculous comeback for the world's largest corporation, the program was secretly revived. The Car That Could is about engineers producing invention on schedule. But it is also about the fierce politics in which the EV became enmeshed after GM's 1990 announcement inspired California to require the world's major carmakers to come out with electric vehicles by 1998. As the carmakers began a reluctant race with one another to market, they worked harder as a group to.
Derail the EV mandate in a bitter lobbying campaign abetted by the cynical clout of Big Oil. The Car That Could is an all-American story of big business and politics, of environment and invention, and of a small, dedicated team within a large corporation, trying to make a difference.