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Will EV charging have a streetcar conspiracy at hands of automakers?

In the same week that Minnesota shut down an attempt by oil and manufacturing companies to reverse the approval for Xcel Energy’s $25mn EV pilot program, Massachusetts has rejected National Grid’s Phase II EV charger rollout, amid claims that oil firms have been sowing disinformation. Joining the dots, it seems likely that EV chargers are going to fall victim to automaker-based schemes to besmirch and derail them – and there’s historical precedent here. The General Motors streetcar conspiracy makes for some fantastic reading, where GM and others were suspected of supporting buses so that the US’ burgeoning system of trams and streetcars would be killed off. This would ensure that buses and cars would remain the primary mode of transport,…

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