Wednesday, June 21, 2006

General Motors Accused Of Pulling Museum Plug On Electric Cars

WASHINGTON D.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If the maker of a new documentary called Who Killed The Electric Car? is right, General Motors wants to pull the plug on the surging interest in electric cars.

The movie’s director Chris Paine claims the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., removed its exhibit of GM’s canceled electric car, a blue 1997 EV1 sedan, this past Monday (June 19).

Paine thinks the timing is suspicious since it’s just nine days before his film’s June 28 premiere, and figures the documentary will spike public interest in the controversy surrounding electric automobiles.

The director insists he “doesn’t believe in conspiracies,” but can see why GM would want to avoid more Americans asking why the maintenance-free EV1 “failed.”

In Paine’s words, “I think there are just too many reasons for those who run GM to avoid [the issue] – their salaries, for one.”

The Smithsonian and GM both officially deny any connection between the release of the film and the decision to yank the EV1 exhibit.

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