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JDH: Opinion Piece on the GM EV1 after the anouncement of the Chevy Volt

This article ran in the Ann Arbor News in January '07. I wrote it after reading an editorial by the business writer that dismissed the EV1 as impractical and praised the Volt as exciting...

I share Mr. Haglund's excitement over the new Chevy Volt - it's a great way for GM to play catch up after being ahead 10 years ago. I wish them luck and I'd like to buy one. I would have preferred to buy an EV1 - but alas I won't have that chance.

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XM-2000 by JDH: A simple battery compartment modification

Mod: Moving the battery around
Benefit: More under seat storage
Cost: $0*
Complexity: Easy

* cost based on materials I had to hand

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XM2000 by JDH: Scooting around Ann Arbor

Well I had planned to have done some of the mods by now - alas "real life" (tm) got in the way. So, instead here are some photos of me scooting around Ann Arbor (OK, I'm not sure anyone else wants to see these - but it's my blog, right ;) )

Based on a post from GMan from an email he received:

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XM-2000 by JDH: 100+ miles and my first electrical fire...

Ride Report - the first 100 miles

OK - so I've ridden my XM-2000 about 100+ miles now. I've taken it to work and back (24 mile round trip) a couple of times. It cruises fine at 40mph - but it takes too long to get there. Up hills it drops to around 30mph. The stretches of 50mph limit road are where I start holding up traffic - oh well! I always ride close to the side and don't much mind if people squeeze past.

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XM-2000 by JDH: The Back Story & First Impressions

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My scoot happily charging away...

Today (July 25th, 2007) I got my X-Treme XM-2000. You can check out this [node:1478] for lots of details of the XM-2000.

I got the blue one (which apparently is less popular than the red one - which confirms my suspicions that I don't know squat when it comes to fashion ;) ).

Back Story (or why I got an XM-2000)

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