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Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:19 am

GM produced the EV1 in the 90s when Bob Lutz was running the show.

Its pretty weird that GM crushed everyone of them and stopped production.
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Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:20 am

I have seen EVs produced in the 60s as well...

Ill try to find a video of it
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Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:20 am

The original passenger ev were the baker electric motorcars, they had a slew of charging stations across new york too. Back in the wee years of 1900s

In the commercial area GMC booze trucks were electric too, provided good service and didnt require a furnace to startup in the morning.

Again, in the early part of the last century.
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Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:21 am

The really funny part abt GM and electric cars is their lobbying against the biggest fleet owner of the USA, the post office.

In the 90s, usps gathered some manufacturers to provide them a poc and running program to replace their LLV (long life vehicle) , what we call toasters in usa.

These LLV are the RHD mail delivery vehicles you see, for rural guys, dont confuse the rhd jeep wrangler and rhd subarus, these LLV are the cute little toasters that deliver mail everywhere.

As they were aging (first started in the late 70s), they wanted a replacement and invited a lot of manufacturers to pitch their ideas, an electric vehicle was the best for it.

The buying for it was more than 100,000 units to begin with which was very tasty indeed.

This would have applied instant afterburner thrust right at the launch of EV and we probably would have pretty neat cars by now.

GM Lobbied the govt which forced the usps to set aside pension payouts for the next 80 years or so (for employees not yet even with them)

This is why very little black ink is seen in usps budgets now, the LLVs are on their 5 or 6th engine and transmission, they have been rechassised a few times too as they are built on a small GM truck chassis.
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Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:21 am

That is quite interesting. Do you have any pics of them?
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Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:22 am

Pics of the LLV?
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Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:23 am

Yes please :)
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Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:58 pm

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This is the LLV made by Grumann for the post office.

They had spectacular service life, ancient 2.4 pontiac 4 cyl engine with a 3 spd auto spinning a truck diff.
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Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:44 pm

Ooooooogly
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