Then General Motors built 1,100 of the two-seater EV1s beginning in 1997, pushing electric-car technology further than it had ever gone in a mass-produced vehicle. (Schneider 4)
The lead acid EV1 required a 5 to 6 hour charge, which offered a driving range of 55 to 95 miles. The nickel-metal hydride battery pack required a 6 to 8 hour charge, which provided a driving range of 75 to 130 miles. The vehicle was available for lease only, and monthly payments ranged from $299 to $574, with significant subsidies by GM and some governmental incentives.
At its time, the EV1 was a stretch well beyond existing technological boundaries. Every system was optimized for minimum energy consumption. It carried 23 patents with innovative approaches to efficiency and weight savings, breakthroughs in the use of electro-hydraulic steering and braking, and the first automotive application of a heat pump. Its drawbacks, however, were a restricted driving range and, as a sporty commuter car, seating for only two people - factors that severely limited its consumer appeal. (General Motors Corporation 3)
I want to draw your attention to the fact that General Motors has chosen a specific target group for the EV1. EV1 owners were a group of persons who cared about the environment and had enough money for it. ...Show more
The history of the electric car technology began in the late 1800s. As Schneider writes, Henry Ford's wife drove electric cars, and the clean, quiet vehicles were cast as products for genteel society women.
In the late 1980s, General Motors Corp. teamed with a California company called AeroVironment Inc…
Moreover, this regulation involves a range of actions such as legislation and market frameworks to detailed regulations that are enforced by sectoral regulators appointed by the government (Gaughan, 2010). Through regulation, the government protects workers’ safety and health.
PESTEL analysis of the automotive industry in United Kingdom
The essay thus elaborates the macro economic factors which will affect the business of Ford in UK. 1. PESTEL ANALYSIS PESTEL Analysis is a “strategic planning technique that provides a useful framework for analysing the environmental pressures on a team or an organisation” (Leontiades, 2005).
The automobile industry for example has really expanded their computer and electronic components of their vehicles. These developments have led to improved fuel economy and better and improved chassis systems. Even as the automobile industry continues to grow, it is evident that the market is becoming more competitive by the day, and this has forced many manufacturers to reduce their costs of production, look for new markets, reduce the time for the production for development of a new product, also there has been the need to form mergers and alliances with other business partners and create more newer and innovative design and content.
The industry owes its importance and size merely to the popular use of its product, the motor vehicle (McAlinden, Hill, Swiecki, 2003).
Cars have become the most important form of transport since their widespread use after the Second World War. In the last century, they were considered to be the most important invention since they have affected more lives and have changed the world in more ways than any other invention such as computers, the internet, mobile phones or any other piece of technology.
The main vehicle producing areas are Asia-Pacific, including Japan and Korea (19.3 million), Western Europe (17.4 million) and North America (16.8 million). These areas are also the largest markets with sales figures in the same year of 14.2, 16.7 and 19.9 million respectively (Trends and drivers).
The author states that an understanding of this industry is very important for any student of business, politics and even sociology. Along with an understanding of the relevant issues of the automotive industry, it is also important to understand what can be done and what is being done by the players in the market to overcome these issues.
nce was achieved by such replacements, which also meant lesser maintenance, the visible hazard apparently was the huge amount of wiring required for this purpose.
Each functional component on the vehicle required lot of wiring to be connected to the other component or to the