Configuration: Transverse-mounted, front-wheel drive

Motor Type: Three-phase, alternating current (AC) induction, electric

Power Rating: 102 kilowatts (137 horsepower) @ 7,000 rpm

Motor Torque: 150 Nm (110 lb-ft) @ 0-7,000 rpm

Transaxle Type: Single-speed with dual reduction gears

Drive Ratio: 10:946:1

Power Management System: Insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) power inverter

Battery Packs:
     Standard: 26 valve-regulated high-capacity lead-acid modules
     Optional: 26 valve-regulated nickel-metal hydride modules
     1 underhood accessory module

Rated Maximum Battery Pack Storage Capacity:
     Standard: High-capacity lead-acid battery pack - 18.7 kW          hours/60 amp hours (312 volts)
     Optional: Nickel-metal hydride battery pack - 26.4 kW          hours/77 amp hours (343 volts)

Battery Pack Weight:
     Standard: High-capacity lead-acid battery pack - 1310 pounds
     Optional: Nickel-metal hydride battery pack - 1147 pounds

Chargers and Charge Port: Listed by Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Battery Pack, Charging System and Vehicle: Classified by Underwriters Laboratories for indoor charging (see complete marking on product)


2-passenger coupe

Body Type: Aluminum alloy structure joined with welds, rivets and structural adhesive

Dent/Corrosion-Resistant Composite Exterior Panels: Hood, doors, roof and trunklid (Sheet Molding Compound [SMC]); front fenders, rear quarter panels, rocker panels, rear-wheel skirts, aerodynamic bellypan (Reinforced Reaction Injection Molding [RRIM] polyurethane)

Body panels are 100% recyclable and very lightweight


Front Suspension: Aluminum short/long arm with coil spring over shock absorber with stabilizer bar

Rear Suspension: Multi-link aluminum beam with Panhard rod;
enhanced rear suspension geometry for 1999


Steering Type: Electro-hydraulic, power rack-and-pinion (speed-sensitive, variable-effort)

Steering Ratio: 16.5:1

Turning Diameter: 32.5 ft (9.9 m)

Steering Wheel Turns: 3.0 (lock-to-lock)

Braking System

Braking System: Electro-hydraulic, power-assisted front and electric rear with blended regenerative and anti-lock features.

  -Front: 9.65 in. (245 mm) solid discs with aluminum calipers

  -Rear: 8.9 in. (225 mm) metal-matrix composite drums with electric actuation

Parking Brake: Electric actuation with gear selector, or push button


Wheels: 14-in. aluminum alloy

Tires: P175/65R14 Michelin® Proxima; all-season radial with self-sealing, puncture-resistant feature

Safety Features

Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Traction control

Check tire pressure system

Air bags* and three-point shoulder/lap seatbelts

Projector lowbeam/reflector optic highbeam headlights

Daytime running lamps (DRL)

Electronic keypad entry/vehicle activation system with programmable personal identification number

Electric windshield defogger/deicer

Electric rear window defogger with automatic shutoff

*A special note about children and airbags: Never carry an infant in an EV1. If a forward-facing child restraint is suitable for your child, move the passenger seat as far back as it will go. See the owner's manual for more safety information.

Comfort/Convenience Features

Power windows, door locks and dual outside mirrors

Cruise control with downgrade and upgrade speed regulation

Premium AM/FM stereo with cassette and CD player, four speakers and digital clock

Computer-controlled "heat pump" climate control system with preconditioning feature and CFC-free air conditioning refrigerant; new electric heater

Center-mounted vacuum fluorescent instrumentation

Interior courtesy lights with delayed shutoff feature

Solar reflective/absorptive glass

Intermittent windshield wipers with washer system

Remote hood and trunklid releases

Four-way adjustable bucket seats with lightweight alloy frames

Carpeted floor mats

Carpeted cargo area with cargo net


0-60 mph acceleration in less than 9 seconds

Electronically regulated top speed of 80 mph (129 km/h)

0.19 aerodynamic drag coefficient (25% lower than any other production car)

Estimated Range*:
    Standard: High-capacity lead-acid battery pack - 55 to 95 miles         per charge*
    Optional: Nickel-metal hydride battery pack - 75 to 130 miles         per charge*

Estimated Energy Consumption Information (kW/hr per 100 miles):
    Standard: High-capacity lead-acid battery pack - 26 city/26         highway
    Optional: Nickel-metal hydride battery pack - 34 city/30         highway

Estimated Time from Zero to Complete State of Charge at 70 degrees with normal humidity:
    Standard: High-capacity lead-acid battery pack - 5.5 to
         6 hours using the 220-volt (6.6kW) charger;
         22 to 24 hours using the 110-volt (1.2kW)
         convenience charger
    Optional: Nickel-metal hydride battery pack - 6 to 8 hours         using the 220-volt (6.6kW) charger

60-0 mph braking distance of 160 feet (49 m)

*Actual mileage and range will vary as a result of driving style, terrain, temperature and accessory usage, particularly as affected by ambient temperature and the use of heating and air conditioning.

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