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I sure hope the Honda FCX takes flight

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What do the General Motors EV1, Toyota RAV4 EV & Honda FCX have in common?

All three are leased vehicles.

Why are they leased?

“Product Liability”

Along with claims of the EV1 not being “Profitable”, General Motors stated (from Wiki),

“… they would be subject to ongoing product liability from both the purchasers and any future owners, and that their internal customer support policies would require them to provide service and replacement parts for the EV1s for at least ten years. GM’s suppliers stopped making replacement parts because of “LOW DEMAND”, making it impossible to repair the vehicles. Of particular concern to the company was the likelihood that each leased car’s battery packs would require replacement at 25-35,000 mile intervals, and that the very low volumes involved would necessitate the corporation’s subsidy of spare parts to private owners, perhaps on an indefinite basis.”

Soon after that statement, GM destroyed nearly all EV1s. A disabled few were donated to colleges and universities for engineering students and one was sent to the Smithsonian.

On the other side of the coin, a hand full of Toyota RAV4 EVs are still on the road. Toyota committed a select number of Toyota service centers to provide product support. Good for Toyota!!!

I hope DEMAND for the Honda FCX skyrockets and gives Honda incentive to continue product support past the life time of the lease. Better yet, I hope it gives Honda incentive to mass produce these things and sell them out right.

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November 30, 2007 - Posted by | Science and Technology

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