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Old 10-18-2012, 06:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Isn't that kind of how they are designing the new cars already? the Honda Fit's engine bay apparently allows the current gas engine drive train to bolt in or the hybrid Insight drive train to bolt in (or so I read a while back).
Batteries in the Leaf are being built in to a gas tank size/shaped pack and the rest of the Leaf apparently shares the Vertis platform.
The vehicle platform is the tough part, the suspension, brakes, steering and so on, kind of like Dodge and VW did with their newer minivans, they share the same platform and bolt their own sheet metal on the outside.

Thing is, it doesn't seem to be a big deal to pause production, it's not a new idea that's come up with EV's, it's been standard practice for decades.
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