We were one of the recipients of the 40 EV1s that were donated to universities, "batteries not included". We were able to get our EV1 running using ultracapacitors for energy storage. Of course the caps would only deliver power for about 20 seconds so would cold we do? Quarter-mile drag race of course. We set at lease one national record with the NEDRA group in the "Modified Production" category. I would add, as an additional engineering justification for destroying all of these beautiful automobiles, that the primary front suspension components were made of Aluminum. Aluminum components will eventually fail in fatigue even from light cyclic loading. To have left these cars on the road without periodic non-destructive testing of Aluminum structural parts for fatigue damage, would have been irresponsible of GM engineers. At the time, the destruction of these cars was a sad but necessary action.
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