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General Motors EV1

by Bob Hagin

Many years Ford had a promotional motto stated There’s a Ford in future. That same may be applicable to the General Motors car, the EV1, but the slogan have to be modified to read . very distant future. of the EV1 are anything but great.

Actually isn’t even the right to use here since you can’t buy an EV1 at this point. The car is only from specially chosen dealerships on a three-year lease and at they’re only being in the right homes. Since academic anyway, no one at General has come with a sales for the EV1 but a cost of around $30,000 has the local consensus.

Technically, the EV1 is interesting in that the car is to utilize the most up-to-date car technology without going Buck Rogers futuristic that may or may not work on a long-term The unitized chassis of the EV1 is built up cast and extruded aluminum and the suspension system up front is a modified MacPherson strut with a beam axle and arms in the rear. The 137-horse AC induction electric motor the front wheels in the now-conventional and the power comes from a of 26 extremely high quality batteries. These are located in a that forms a T-shaped structure down the middle of the car the two seats and ends in arms extend out behind them.

than a third of the weight of the EV1 is in the battery pack.

Especially interesting is the braking The front brakes are more-or-less discs, but the car incorporates a system uses the wheel rotation on to turn the electric drive into a generator that puts energy back the batteries. It’s not much, but enough to extend the distance charges. The rear drum are totally independent of the front and are electrically-operated by a couple of computer-controlled motors.

The computer senses the brake pedal pressure and the speed of the vehicle to apply a amount of retarding force to the shoes.

General Motors offers the EV1 in areas that a generally mild climate and middle California, Arizona, New etc.) because the heating and air systems are powered by the battery when the car is on the road. The company the EV1 a advertised range of between 70 and 90 on a single charge, but under driving conditions there been reports that the car has able to achieve only 50 before the low-battery signal the driver to head for the nearest station.

This in itself can present a The EV1 battery recharge system is unique in that it’s an (no metal-to-metal jumper cable-like magnetic-field transfer system requires a special charger. The is produced by Delco Propulsion (a GM company) and its installation in a private may necessitate some special to the house — like a electrical service just to the 220-volt charger.

General Motors EV1

The scenario for its installation and use takes preplanning, too. A General technician inspects the proposed docking area for the EV1, the changes needed to implement the electrical service required and its installation. Once on-line, the EV1 parks the car in its dock, slips the plastic charging paddle the on-board receptacle and retires the car for the

It is suggested that the actual be programmed to take place electrical off-hours when a rate may be in place. It takes a less than three for the battery pack to be fully using this system, as the a 12 hour time period necessary if the on-board 110-volt charger that comes the EV1 is used.

If an EV1 is used in commuter and the destination is somewhat distant, almost a requirement that a charging system be installed at the end of the drive otherwise the motorist face the embarrassment of running out of on the highway. If it is to be used strictly as an means of transportation, the relatively range of the EV1 won’t present a

Needless to say, the jury in this case the general — is still out on the present use of vehicles as made by the major makers. Electric car hobbyists and have been using and low-volume factory-built electric for many, many years. know and understand the shortcomings of means of transportation and have to live with them.

Now the question facing General (along with Toyota, Chrysler, Honda and Nissan) is everyday motorists will be to cope with the same or shortcomings.

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