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All those stories about GM sending the EV-1s to crushers are not true. In their great foresight, they stored the majority of EV-1s in their proving grounds in the desert. Now that the E-REV development is finished, they are now refurbishing EV-1s with new motors, electronics, Li batteries, and with the space and weight left over from use of new smaller light weight battery pack, they are installing an ICE/generator charger to upgrade to an E-REV. The retrofitting is to be outsourced and bids are now being accepted. The plan is to lease EV-2s for five years and priced at just the cost of the upgrade and a modest profit ~ $15,000. By leasing, they will eliminate all of the problems of warranty and part replacement issues. Because of previous bad publicity, residents of the state of California (with the exception of Jay Leno) will not be allowed to lease EV-2s.

Vehicles are expected to be available for 2009. GM’s goal was to jumpstart their market penetration, battery development, testing, and battery volume learning curve. This is a major victory for GM. Independent film makers are being vetted to document this historic event.

Production, is of course very limited, and will depend upon the number of EV-1s that can be found stored in the desert. :D
 

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Update: AER

Because of the shorter warranty period, reliability engineers have calculated that that charge cycle can be extended from 50% to 75% and maintain the battery wearout limits. The bottom line is that with a tweak in software the All-Electric Range, AER, will be extended from 40 to 60 miles. Also, the California buyers list has been broadened to include the governator.
 
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