GM’s old EV1 product manager says Nissan LEAF will succeed

2011 Nissan LEAF

After the failure (or demise) of General Motors’ EV1 electric-car, many Americans have grown skeptic of the capabilities of a battery powered vehicle. The EV1 was a huge flop for GM and it was too impractical, expensive and had limited range. But things have now changed.

“Things are different today,” says Sean McNamara a product manager for GM for the EV1 launch in the 1990s. “Completely different.”

Today, McNamara works at Nissan but is not taking part in the launch of the LEAF. Instead, McNamara is involved in a completely different segment and holds the position for regional product manager for Infiniti and is focused on the new 2011 Infiniti QX56.

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McNamara believes in the LEAF, and it’s not only because he works at Nissan.

“The technology is so much better today,” he told Automotive News. “We were using lead-acid batteries on the EV1.” (They weighed in at 3,000 pounds.) Today, people really are looking for an electric vehicle.”

Well, he’s right because the 13,000 units of the LEAF allocated for the U.S. have already sold out.

2011 Nissan Leaf:

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)