. In it McDonough tells EV World editor Bill Moore:
"..the Model U could easily be reconfigured to be a pure EV with a 400 mile range and be rechargeable in just minutes. Sound impossible? McDonough doesn't think so. He indicated to EV World that he and Paul MacCready -- the developer of the original Impact EV that became the GM EV1 and the legendary head of Aerovironment -- share a common vision and are excited about some promising new battery and motor technology that will make this dream a reality. EV enthusiasts have heard this story before, but both McDonough and McCready have long track records of delivering what they promise."
2) Dr. Dan Rivers - now President and CEO of Compact Power(CPI) - has 34 years of experience leading high technology development projects in the defense and commercial field and managed the GM EV1/Impact drive-train and charger development programs. Here's a typically upbeat and unambiguous extract from a CPI Press release issued in July 2002 following the record-breaking ascent of Colorado's Pike Peak by the company's lithium ion polymer powered Le Mans-style race car the 'ER2':
"To date, production EVs and HEVs have focused on NiMH technology but, with this achievement, Compact Power has proven that LiPB can be used for automotive applications. LiPB technology has already replaced NiMH in many computer and cell phone applications.
"We raced to prove that our present development course is correct" stated Dr. Dan Rivers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Compact Power. "Now we know that LiPB technology holds the future and we will accelerate our efforts to develop this technology. We plan to participate in this race again and hope to break the 10-minute barrier in the future. This mark has never been broken, and if done in an EV, will further stimulate the market and speed up the commercialization of EV and HEV platforms."
Here's another equally encouraging extract from a very upbeat recent CPI press release issued by CPI's Korean battery-manufacturing partner LG Chem:
"We're now working hard on next generation lithium ion polymer battery technology for electric vehicles -a fledgling market that's expected to take a major step forward toward becoming a mainstream part of the US auto industry in 2003." See full LG Chem press release.
See also: EV World feature (Bill Moore, Jan 2003) " . Compact Power's Le Mans-style ER2 - powered this time by lithium ion polymer batteries from CPI's Korean partner LG Chem - reaches summit of Colorado's Pike Peak in record time for an electric vehicle.
So there we have it: Paul MacCready and Dan Rivers - two remarkable electric vehicle pioneers and trailblazers - each still fully committed to the realization of a shared dream and to the radical reinvention of a ZEV technology that so many doubters seem so increasingly desperate to write off and misrepresent.
We wonder if their paths will cross again - and what they will be driving when it happens.