First rechargeable car gets mixed reviews
January 12, 1997
Web posted at: 9:00 p.m. EST
From Correspondent Charles Feldman
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A few weeks back, General Motors
introduced the first
all-electric car in modern times for lease in California and
Route '97 -- A CNN Special Presentation, Monday at 10:30 p.m.
It was introduced with lots of fanfare -- which nowadays
usually means high-tech and high-priced TV commercials.
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The EV1 -- in limited numbers -- is now dashing around the
highways of California and Arizona, the only two places where
you can lease one. At the moment, you can't buy the car --
the long-term lease, complete with some tax incentives to own
a zero-emissions auto -- can set you back about $600 a month.
That doesn't include the cost of the large recharger you need
at home, or the expense of adding a new power line in your
house ... needed to keep the recharger from blowing all your
fuses. Add about $4,000.
But this isn't so much a story about the EV1 as it is the
story of Dick Cross and Charles McOllister, among the very
first to lease the futuristic two-seater. They're two
different drivers -- with two rather different verdicts of
their pioneering cruises down Electric Avenue ...
Return to CNN Interactive all week for Route '97, a series of
reports from the Annual North American Auto Show. Each day
we will examine another aspect of the auto industy's plans
for 1997 -- including a look at the latest offerings from the
Check back daily for these reports:
- Tuesday, January 14: In search of safer airbags
- Wednesday, January 15: 1997 car prices: Too high?
- Thursday, January 16: What sold and what flopped in 1996
- Friday, January 17: The latest showroom and concept cars
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