The electric car of the 90's was never a money maker for any auto company. Batteries were and still are way too expensive to rely on for extended range. Despite its limited availability during the late 90's and early 00's, the electric car was never anything more than a public relations gimmick and a means to comply with state laws. I wish people would realize this. Range costs money, it's very simple. EVs with 120 mile range cost $80,000 to make. Why did we see EVs back then with such long range, but only see 40 mile range today? Because the car is being built for serious volume sales, not for PR or legal reasons. If you are paying $35,000, you are going to get $35,000 worth of a car. This isn't the 90's where you get a $80,000 EV with lease payments constructed around a $30,000 price tag. So range costs money, and you are now going to get what you pay for.
There is no patent suppression of EV-95. Cobasys will accept large orders of the battery, yet there have been no such orders. Why? Because there has been no auto company interested in placing the orders. Why? Because there has been no demand for electric cars until now. But we'll see. 2015 is when the patent on EV-95 dies. By the OPs predictions, factories will start pumping out EV-95 format NiMH batteries once again, because it is now in public domain. But that won't happen. Why? Because...
NiMH as a battery is pretty much DEAD. Li-ion is superior in nearly every way. Why don't we see NiMH in cell phones, laptops, cameras, etc...? Because Li-ion is getting cheaper and it's far superior. The argument that they haven't been proven in EVs is BS. AC Propulsion has been using small format Li-ion for years, and now we have Tesla joining. GM will be the first to use large format Lithium batteries in a large volume application, but even they have admitted that their testing so far is proving the packs are better than they anticipated. When NiMH first came to the EV scene, it too was unproven. Give new technology a chance.
So why will I buy a Volt from an EV-95 sellout like GM? Because it's a cool car and I want one. People need to get over the EV1 era. If they really want to see the electrification of the automobile, they will stand behind companies like GM now that they are releasing a car ALL ON THEIR OWN, not because some state is forcing them to, but because they see a chance to make money on a car that has a lot of demand. Let's let capitalism have its try.
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