David said> ... Ovshinsky's cashing out to GM ... <

 ... Ovshinsky ... decision to sell to GM had been naive ...

Long before the internet
I would read through tons of paper media on Ovshinsky's efforts to make
Ovonic (NiMH baterry) a success.

I differ from Willie, IMO, ALL automakers & oil/fossil were in cahoots to
maintain their incessant ice profit orgy (not just GM, though they are the

(section of Willie's page link)
 ... Ovshinsky stated that in the early 1990s, the auto industry created the
US Auto Battery Consortium (USABC) to stifle the development of electric
vehicle technology by preventing the dissemination of knowledge about
Ovshinky's battery-related patents to the public through the California Air
Resources Board (CARB).

According to Ovshinsky, the auto industry falsely suggested that NiMH
technology was not yet ready for widespread use in road cars. Members of the
USABC, including General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, threatened to take
legal action against Ovshinsky if he continued to promote NiMH's potential
for use in BEVs, and if he continued to lend test batteries to Solectria, a
start-up electric vehicle maker that was not part of the USABC. The Big
Three car companies argued that his behavior violated their exclusive rights
to the battery technology, because they had matched a federal government
grant given to Ovonics to develop NiMH technology. Critics argue that the
Big Three were more interested in convincing CARB members that electric
vehicles were not technologically and commercially viable.

In 1994, General Motors acquired a controlling interest in Ovonics's battery
development and manufacture, including patents controlling the manufacture
of large NiMH batteries. The original intent of the equity alliance was to
develop NiMH batteries for GM's EV1 BEV. Sales of GM-Ovonics batteries were
later taken over by GM manager and critic of CARB John Williams, leading
Ovshinsky to wonder whether his decision to sell to GM had been naive. The
EV1 program was shut down by GM before the new NiMH battery could be
commercialized, despite field tests that indicated the Ovonics battery
extended the EV1's range to over 150 miles ...

Darryl cynicism is warranted. Though we (the public) can't do much about it,
we should keep our eye of those fat-profit-takers, and scream bloody murder
(on the internet) when they step out of line.

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