The average daily commute in the United States is 22 miles. The EV1's estimated range is considerably more than that.
We've learned a lot about the EV1's range since the launch of the first generation EV1 in December, 1996. At launch, our range estimates were based on the FTC ratings at 70 city/90 highway, with a combined range of 79 miles per charge. In real-world driving situations, our 1997 EV1 customers told us they experienced ranges between 40 and 90, depending on driving styles, traffic conditions, terrain and ambient temperature.
When the EV1 needs a charge, you can conveniently do so with the 220-volt MagneCharge inductive charger. Charging is as simple as inserting the charge paddle in the slot between the EV1's headlights. The lead acid EV1 also has a portable 110-volt convenience charger stowed in the trunk. This charger can be used indoors or out, rain or shine, with any regular 110-volt outlet.
The chart below compares the high-capacity lead-acid and optional nickel-metal hydride EV1:
Panasonic High-Capacity Lead Acid EV1
Nickel-Metal Hydride EV1
|FTC Range||111 miles||144 miles|
|Expected Real World Range||55-95 miles||75-130 miles|
|Expected Charge Time (70° F, O to 100% SOC)||5.5-6 hours||6-8 hours|
|110-Volt Charger Availability||Yes||No|
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