I decided to create this web page to document our
questions, impressions, and frustrations as we went through
the process of trying out GM's new electric vehicle to keep
our friends and relatives updated on the adventure.
This should also be useful to anyone else contemplating
getting an electric vehicle. One thing we were very
frustrated about was the lack of real information.
GM/Saturn, like most consumer-oriented companies (or at
least their ad agency), thinks that we are all dummies and
will buy something on the basis of pretty pictures and
snazzy graphics, so that's what they put in their brochures
and web page. As a result, they end up leaving out the
real information. I hope that this web page can fill in
6/98 Update - Since the above was written, GM and Saturn
seem to have been listening. Their direct mail brochure
and web page have much more real information, electrical
utilities have been making a real effort to maintain lists
of a growing number of public charging sites, and of
course,the EV1 club web page is another good source of EV1
By the way, we aren't paid by anyone to promote anything.
These are our real experiences, good and bad. Our overall
experiences thus far with everyone involved has been
positive, but there have been frustrations caused largely
(I think) by large-company-bureaucracy and government
If you haven't seen the snazzy graphics yet, you can visit
the official GM EV1 web
site. If you want to read the
comments of other owners, we're
encouraging them to send in their comments too.