So I'm looking at Nissan's attempt at building an electric car and I cannot help myself comparing it to 20th century EV1.
Here's an excerpt from Wikipedia on EV1,
1.1 "The NiMH batteries, rated at 77 amp-hours (26.4 kWh) at 343 volts, gave the cars a range of 75 to 150 miles (120 to 240 km) per charge, more than twice what the original Gen I cars could muster."
1.2 "EV1's drag coefficient of 0.19".
1.3 "GM based the lease payments for the EV1 on an initial vehicle price of US$33,995"
and regarding the 2011 Nissan Leaf, herewith some numbers,
2.1 "powered by a 86 megajoules (24 kW·h) lithium ion battery pack rated to deliver up to 90 kilowatts (120 hp) power."
2.2 Think around 0.28 (unconfirmed)
2.3 $32,780 (nissanusa.com)
I know battery technology changed from NiMH for EV1 to large prismatic Li-Ion cells and I'm guessing NiMH weighed about twice as much and who really knows what the EV1 cost since they could never mass produce it... BUT STILL it's pretty amazing how far we can in 10yrs or did we?? :) Which is why I just cannot really get excited about the LEAF although I appreciate their efforts of course.