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08-19-2006 05:32 AM #11
Diesel vs. Hybrid: A Point Missed
One other thing about the EV1 range. The Gen2 with the NiMH batteries was quickly cobbled together by GM to break the 100 mile barrier that allowed each to count as 2 zero emissions vehicles for the California ZEV mandate. Therefore, they took shortcuts and didn't redesign the battery pack to handle the warmer NiMH batteries, instead, they just ran the air conditioner through the pack. Were the battery pack designed properly, one could probably have achieved 160 mile real-world range. If the hot shot geniuses at GM that designed the EV1 had been given the chance to design an EV2, the performance would have been all the better - maybe even a diesel hybrid option too.