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Old 01-11-2016, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Did Francis Ford Coppola hide this working EV1 from GM?



On a recent TV series version of Jay Leno's Garage, Jay interviewed Francis Ford Coppola, who's apparently a big EV enthusiast. And he's got an EV1 in his garage.

That's super interesting, because after rounding up & crushing the EV1 fleet, only about 40 universities and museums were given cars for their static collections. Those cars were intentionally disabled -- drivetrain parts removed -- by GM.

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The only intact EV1 was donated to the Smithsonian Institution.[9]" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors_EV1
Yet here we have a private owner with an EV1. How'd that happen?

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"I Really loved this car, and when I heard they [GM] were going to destroy them all, I hid it... so that they couldn't get it" - Francis Ford Coppola, (Jay Leno's Garage s01e08)
Source: EV1 owned by Francis Ford Coppola - Imgur

Is it intact? Would it still work? Dunno!

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Old 01-11-2016, 03:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Obviousely, somebody at GM got their palm thoroughly "greased" with battery electrolyte (wink).
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Obviousely, somebody at GM got their palm thoroughly "greased" with battery electrolyte (wink).
Hope the "greasee" didn't wipe his hand on his pants. That'll make a hole.
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Old 01-11-2016, 04:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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...and thus "...disappearing thru the hole..."
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Lots of fabulous GM show/concept cars were supposed to be crushed too, but they keep turning up for restoration from a certain junkyard. Good!
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Imagine the EV1 repowered even with plain ol' Leaf batteries.

When the EV1 got upgraded to its NiMH cells it had about 26 kW-h of energy aboard and had 160 miles worth of range. A new Leaf is carrying 30 kW-h, and the pack weighs less than half as much. Now drop that kind of capacity into the EV1 with its ultra-slippery profile and I can only guess what its range might do. 250 miles doesn't sound wrong.
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Detroit's Mr. Magoo = GM "short-sightedness"

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Did he just reveal this now? I can just imagine Coppola sneaking up to an engineer:

"Psst! You, with the glasses! Wanna see my EV1?"
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Nah! He (Coppola) only mentioned AFTER he was SURE all the GM management & engineers had seen ALL of the GODFATHER shows...assuring his protection (wink,wink).

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