You mention an NiMH
battery that is apparently in the works, with a spec of
110 wh/kg. What is the spec for the present-day
batteries in the GM EV1? What about the Honda that you've
You've also mentioned this design error that GM may have
made and that is apparently part of their latest
effort. Are they acting to correct this in future
efforts, do you know?
Lastly, I wonder if anyone
has any thoughts or info as to GM's next move. While
I've lambasted them for the scarcity of their EV and
their actions which I think have perhaps driven some
potential buyers away, I wonder what their next move is. I
seem to recall some discussion of a GM
There was an excellent NY Times article this past
weekend which discussed the two Japanese hybrids, and the
extent to which Detroit is behind in this arena. About
1/2 the article explored some of the nuances of the
diesel vs. "other" philosophy in the hydrocarbon side of
hybrids, in that Detroit has apparently gone the route of
diesels, while Federal laws and California laws will
apparently result in making diesels impracticable for
Honda's EV+ doesn't quite have as good range, I
think. I have a friend who has one, and it's barely over
100 miles. My wakeup up range was 135 yesterday, and
some folks in SoCal have been seeing ranges in the
on Panasonic batteries for 2 years now.
NiMH trips: LA to NV and back in one day in a NiMH
EV1, LA to LV and back in a rented Toyota RAV-4 over a
weekend (NiMH), the Honda trip to OR (1st pure EV over
the Mt. Shasta Pass), Honda EV+ to Big Bear from LA,
to top of Mt. Baldy, lots more to come.
NiMH has always been great, it was just GM's placement
of them in the closed compartment which required the
extra cooling system for the EV1. RAV-4 , Honda, others
do not have that problem--the battery pack is in a
tray on the bottom of the vehicle, has the bonus of
aiding vehicle stablility and
Some say the high cost of Ni will keep NiMH batteries
out of reach. But that is a 2-edged sword, Ni
recycles well, and the metal may cost a bit more, but
that's not the majority of the cost differential. It's
just that the volume discounts have not yet hit. Ni
batteris may actually be cheaper than deep-cycle
lead-acid, in the long run.
When and if they get the
110 wh/kg batteries going, it'll be even better.
1st leg: Berkeley to SF
2nd leg: SF to Menlo
3rd leg: Menlo Park up to Skyline Blvd and the
Russian Ridge hiking area and back
4th leg: return to
Berkeley from Menlo Park
Total distance: 116.9
miles. 3% charge left.
All of this on one charge,
with the trip to Russian Ridge having an elevation
gain of 2300 feet! Plus the car sat for a couple of
I think that is downright amazing.
Could ECD's profitability problems
anything at all to do with the fact that
Mr. Stemple draws a $4.9
million salary on annual
$32.9 million, i.e. almost 15% of
goes right into his pocket. -- I would
like to own
this stock, but it looks like
someone else owns all
of it already.
I got the salary and rev. numbers
Yahoo. This might already be common
knowledge but, in
seems odd to me.
I've been in and out of this stock since 94 -
always a long. Made some because it always seems to make
a mini run. I've gotten out at 25 and 15 with
doubles and triples and better. But I never buy it in
this range or hold it long above 13. The royalty
situation, and financing from old seems to me to be a killer
if it ever pops. Something is wrong hewre and I can
never really figure it out. It's as if GM killed it.
And where's the $ from photovoltaic. And where is the
deal with canon, and.... Check the warrants and
options from old deals. If ever a quality company with
incredible technology seemed cursed, this is it. I'm not in
now, but always am below 6. I hope it never gets down
there again. Good luck to all.
GM had come out with it in '97! Unfortunately,
because of the low range of the delco/delphi batteries,
most old model EV1's were nursed in the slow lane,
sort of ridiculous for a mighty sports car!
Ever time I take it out, I drive it like it looks and
feels to be driven, and people always stop me (when
they can catch up) and admire the quickness and
manoeverability of the car.
Happened just yesterday, most
days in fact!
Others poke along, but that's not
what an EV1 is for!
With the new batteries,
one can really have fun with the car! And the gen II
feels more responsive, too!
Great car, great
batteries, can never be suppressed!
I bought into ENER in hopes of being on the
leading edge of, IMO, the upcoming "revolution" in energy
generation and storage. Thankfully I haven't had to deal
with years of frustration that many of you have (just
a few months), and hopefully won't have to wait for
long for a payoff. But I feel that ENER still has a
lot of question marks around it as an investment
value in energy generation, delivery, storage - though
it should be a sure bet with its patents and talent.
Any other ideas for investments in this area? Ballard
seems to have gotten some attention from analyst,
though it may not be a great investment otherwise, and I
wonder if the biggies in energy right now, particularly
in Europe (Royal Dutch Shell?) might continue to
lead through the revolution. Any help in pointing me
in the right direction will be appreciated.
inventions, like Qualcomm, but unlike QCOM, has
not yet received the revenues and kudus it
Well, for a long time Qualcomm was disrespected, too,
but with ener, it's a bit different--they made bad
deals for the royalties.
Maybe the next
world-shaking invention, they will keep some of the royalties
Oh well, maybe not....