Back in 2006, conspiracy theorists were abuzz over news that just weeks after being granted a spot at the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian decided to remove the EV1 from display. At the time, Smithsonian spokeswoman Michelle Werts told the Washington Post, "There was no pressure from GM to remove the car from display," claiming that the issue was purely logistic in nature: the museum was about to undergo renovations in September and the space was needed to display another vehicle.
Chris Paine, director of Who Killed The Electric Car? and the upcoming Revenge Of The Electric Car, said in 2006 that the EV1 should never have been in the museum in the first place:
With the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf now on the road, perhaps times have changed enough to put the EV1 into history. Follow this link to get your vote in before January 11, 2011. Only the top two vote-getters will be included in the exhibit, and the EV1 is currently sitting in fourth place by a long shot.It's so sad that EV1 is being portrayed as history. It's not an example of 'failed' technology. It's an example of what the 21st century can be in this country, if we had the willpower to do it. The Smithsonian should take the car out of the museum and put it back on the road.
[Source: All Cars Electric]