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McOllister: 'The battery dead light came on'


There are some problems with the EV1, and the biggest once seems to be that it just doesn't go as far as it was supposed to on a three-hour charge.

McOllister says he averages between 45 and 65 miles per charge -- in fact, he broke down the very day he took possession of the car.

"After about 40 or 50 miles the battery dead light came on, the warning lights came on. ... We conked out." icon (128K/11 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)


GM says, in effect, it's all the driver's fault.

"If you are a very aggressive driver, quick starts, quick stops, that's not the best driving style for an EV to maximize range," said Bob Purcell, GM executive director for advanced technology vehicles. icon (196K/17 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)

Still, these end-of-century pioneers say they don't regret their decision to lease the EV1 and, neither Cross nor McOllister say they'd prefer to pull the plug on the deal.

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