General Motors committed to build a production version of an electric car called the EV1 to meet the requirements of California’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate. The EV1 above is fueling up on electrons at a San Francisco hotel in 1998. Unfortunately, GM abandoned production, then recalled and crushed all the vehicles after the automaker and the federal government successfully sued the state, forcing the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to abandon its ambitions for a ZEV mandate. Now CARB is trying to control greenhouse gas emissions, and the auto industry and the federal government are suing again.
AP PHOTO/MARK HOPKINS HOTEL, RAY SCOTTY MORRIS