Sierra Club Calls on Carmakers 'Don't Crush' Electric Cars

Sierra Club calls on automakers to stop crushing electric cars; Toyota and General Motors actions condemned; Ford praised.

Published: 31-May-2005

The Sierra Club today appealed to automakers to stop the destruction of Electric Vehicles and allow leaseholders to purchase their cars. DontCrush.com’s ongoing campaign to save the remaining EVs is targeting Toyota in an attempt to prevent them from crushing several hundred EVs currently in use and strongly desired by leaseholders throughout California.

Dan Becker, the Global Warming and Energy Program Director of the Sierra Club, released the following statement:

"Sierra Club today called on automakers to cease destroying the remaining battery electric vehicles held by their customers. These vehicles are powered by electric motors instead of internal combustion engines and are recharged from the electric grid or home solar arrays instead of filling up on gasoline. While Ford has changed its policy and has stopped crushing its electric cars and trucks, Toyota and General Motors have been crushing the vehicles after their leases expire. Sierra Club urges all the auto manufacturers to sell the vehicles at fair market value to the individual and fleet customers who wish to purchase them."

Thousands of electric cars were manufactured from 1997-2003 to comply with California’s Zero Emission Mandate. The auto manufacturers benefited from tens of millions of dollars from the taxpayers of the State of California to put these zero-emission, zero-gasoline vehicles on the road. Now, Toyota is literally crushing California’s investment in clean air and lessening our petroleum dependence.

RAV4 EV leaseholders who do not want to move backward to gasoline have repeatedly requested the right to purchase their cars. Despite having sold hundreds of RAV4 EVs, Toyota has refused the requests of these satisfied customers. Toyota has also ignored repeated requests to meet with DontCrush.com to discuss the matter.

DontCrush.com is a group of RAV4 EV drivers, former EV1, EV+ and Th!nk City lessees, and clean air and energy independence advocates. It is supported by the Electric Auto Association, Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange and Earth Resource Foundation.

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