On Wed, 14 Jun 2006 07:26:53 +0000 (UTC), nos...@nospam.com (Paul
Ciszek) wrote:Some facts about the EV1, the research and development of which
>In the 90's GM produced a line of electric cars called the EV1
>that had a following of hard core fans in California, Tom
>Hanks and Mel Gibson among them. These cars had no trouble
>accelerating and keeping up in California traffic, and once
>they went from lead-acid to NiMH batteries, the range between
>charging was 130 miles. None of these cars were sold, however,
>only leased. Once US Automakers managed to defeat California's
>"zero emissions" requirement, GM quit renewing leases, repossessed
>the cars, and destroyed them. A bunch of fans of the cars offered
>GM $1.9 million for the last 78 used EV1's that were sitting in a
>lot, but they were taken away and crushed. GM kept insisting
>that no one wanted to buy the cars.
was produced by _my_ division of GM, Hughes Electronics:
General Motors lost two billion dollars on the project, and lost
The range of 130 miles is bogus. None of them ever achieved that
Minimum recharge time was two hours using special charging
NiMH batteries that had lasted up to three years in testing were
Battery replacement was a task performed by skilled technicians
Lessees were complaining that their electric bills had increased
One of the guys I worked with transferred to the EV1 program
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