Skip to comments.Two arrested in SoCal vigil to save electric cars
Posted on 03/14/2005 6:55:42 PM PST by NormsRevenge
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - "Baywatch" actress Alexandra Paul and another woman were arrested Monday after blocking the path of trucks hauling GM's pioneering EV1 electric cars to Arizona to be destroyed, police said.
Officers booked Colette Divine and Paul, who played Lt. Stephanie Holden on the TV series, on suspicion of failing to obey an officer, police Lt. William Berry said. The women, both of Los Angeles, were released on their own recognizance and were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
The two were among dozens of electric car supporters holding an around-the-clock vigil outside a General Motors Corp. training center in Burbank, where more than 70 EV1s had been stored en route to a recycling plant near Mesa, Ariz. GM has declined the group's offer to pay a total of $1.9 million for the vehicles.
Police said Paul and Divine were in a car that blocked the center's driveway for two hours as trucks loaded with EV1s were attempting to leave. They refused to move despite police orders to do so, Berry said.
Four trucks hauled away 28 EV1s after the driveway was cleared, GM spokesman Dave Barthmuss said.
"Our goal is not to have anyone arrested," he said. "We respect their beliefs, but we have to be allowed to do business and carry out our business decision as would any company."
The company said the cars never became popular enough to turn a profit, and that they must be destroyed because there isn't a large enough supply of the car's 2,000 parts. That could make the vehicles unsafe and lead to lawsuits, GM contends.
The group, which includes environmentalists, technology enthusiasts and entertainment industry workers, said the monthlong vigil would continue despite the arrests. A call to Paul was not immediately returned Monday night.
"The one thing they (Paul and Divine) asked to relay to media was that it was a very peaceful act and they are very committed to saving these cars," said organizer Chelsea Sexton, a former GM employee responsible for promoting the EV1, who now advises environmental groups and automakers on alternate-fuel vehicles.
While they were goofy and impractical cars, I wish I had one stashed in my garage. Talk about guaranteed collector value.
Unfortunately, they leased them rather than sell them, so there are none in private hands.
As actual transportation, however - I'd rather have a $500 beater from the local used car lot.
Police said Paul and Divine were in a car that blocked the center's driveway for two hours
An electric car?
and even if they "saved" the cars, what was their plan for making people wanting to buy them?......oh yeah, they don't know how to run a business unless in is in front of a camera
The two were among dozens of electric car supporters holding an around-the-clock vigil outside a General Motors Corp. training center in Burbank,
This sounds almost the same as a protest outside a prison that is getting ready to execute a criminal.
Sometimes, no smartass comment seems adequate. This is one of those times.
Nothing is preventing environmental groups from founding their own electric car company.
As always they demand others do the work for them so they can claim credit while shifting any blame.
"Look at what we're pushing for! Look at how they're failing to cut emissions!"
And GM does?
well GM still makes profits and is the largest car manufacturer......yes they make mistakes but I think they know a little bit more than a few actors.....I think the last election showed the actors for the most part should stick with what they know well.
//Right Wing News posted excellenet background material on this. I am not excerpting, as the article is no longer available at MSNBC. Follows:
The Government's Regulatory Assault On The Economy
This MSNBC story called "Activists fight for electric cars" is fascinating reading because it's an important cautionary tale, although MSNBC doesn't intentionally try to present it that way. But, let's do a bit of reframing and put things into perspective.
Originally, a bunch of environmental activists threw a fit in California and convinced them to press for a new law which led to the creation of the electric car:
"Most automakers experimented with electric power during the 1990s when California threatened to require them to sell zero-emissions vehicles. The state eventually backed off the requirement, and one by one the car companies dropped their electric vehicle programs.
Despite what environmentalists often claim -- that industry puts little effort into developing vehicles powered by alternative fuels -- GM went to great trouble and expense to design these cars:
"The EV1 was widely considered the best of the crop because of its performance and innovative engineering, using a teardrop shape for slick aerodynamics. GM says it gave the EV1 every chance to succeed, spending more than $1 billion on development and dedicating an entire Michigan plant to producing it."
That's billion with a "b," folks. Yet, despite everything GM went through to get this car on the market, they had a basic problem: few people wanted to buy the car...
"But the world's biggest automaker said the car never appealed beyond a core group of technology enthusiasts and environmentalists."
Of course, it was no surprise that the car didn't appeal to the public:
"GM agrees that the car in question, called the EV1, was a rousing feat of engineering that could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under eight seconds with no harmful emissions. The market just wasn't big enough, the company says, for a car that traveled 140 miles or less on a charge before you had to plug it in like a toaster.
So government regulations in essence forced them to build a car that almost no one wanted. But, then a funny thing happened: the government regulations went away...
"(California) eventually backed off the (zero-emissions) requirement, and one by one the car companies dropped their electric vehicle programs.
Now that GM has dropped the program since there is minimal demand for the cars, the same sort of environmentalist wackos who demanded the regulations in California that led to the creation of the car, are demanding that GM sell them some cars that are left over from the project:
"Enthusiasts discovered a stash of about 77 surviving EV1s behind a GM training center in Burbank and last month decided to take a stand. Mobilized through Internet sites and word of mouth, nearly 100 people pledged $24,000 each for a chance to buy the cars from GM. On Feb. 16 the group set up a homely street-side outpost of folding chairs that they have staffed ever since in rotating shifts, through long nights and torrential rains, trying to draw attention to their cause."
GM however, points out that it's just not practical for them to sell the EV1s:
"The company says it cannot sell the cars because it would have a legal obligation to service them, and it can't provide service because many suppliers quit making the 2,000 unique parts that went into the design.
So, everyone should have learned a lesson from this, right? Wrong:
"Ted Flittner, a vigil participant and Costa Mesa industrial engineer who never owned an EV1 but used to enjoy riding in a friend's. He accepts that the situation doesn't look promising but said the plight of the EV1 has helped bring attention to an innovative environmental project. "It's just so wasteful," he said. "They have such a brilliant solution they've developed. They've put it on the market and proved it works. People still want it and they're taking it away and destroying it."
Ok, they spent more than a billion producing a car because of the threat of government regulation, not market demand, and then because there are a 100 people willing to spend $24,000 each this guy thinks it all worked out OK? GM lost their shirts selling this car.
This is a cautionary tale about environmental extremism & what happens when the government interferes with the market, not some "evil" corporation refusing to sell people cars. Every state and Federal government official should read this and think about the enormous negative impact that their ridiculous regulations can have on the economy. In this case, we had just ONE COMPANY waste a billion dollars because of the threat of government regulations in just ONE STATE. Think about the burden that these government regulations cause across the whole country in all industries and you can easily see how much damage the government can unintentionally do to our economy.
It boggles my mind that an "mature" women would waste her time on this kind of silly crap,but I'm easily boggled.
There are at least two in private hands in the Sacramento area. The people who had leased them were raising hell and GM sold them to them for $1 each and a liability waiver to get them to shut up and go away.
Guess there's no Babewatch reunion show.....
She's 42 years old and as a woman in the business, that's practically dead, especially when you relied on looks.
She did this out of desperation for her career and maybe lastly because she wants to be popular in the activist community.
One's in the planning stage - with Extreme Makeover.
I had an EV1 until the lease ran out. It was a very practical car for me and the way I drive. I truely loved that car. I hated to give it back.
I can understand Ms Paul's feelings but I certainly do not condone her activism.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Automobiles?
Alexandra Paul drove an EV1 until forced to give it back. This picture shows her at the EV1 funeral on 7/24/04 where the last lease cars were returned to GM.
she had a funeral for her car?
More money than brains.