Recently some visitors to this web page pointed out that we never
say on the EV1 web page just who the non-celebrity EV1 owners
are. Sorry about that...
We (Dave and Jean) fit the GM EV owner profile pretty closely, I
Perhaps another point of interest to you might be that up until
the EV1, we have never owned an American car. We each owned a
Toyota in college, but since then we've had Honda's exclusively
(we like the way they are built). Also, except for Jean's first
car, all of the cars have been manual transmission cars.
We are both engineers. Jean specializes in the design of
application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for
computer system components (disk drives, CD-ROM drives,
networks, etc.). Dave specializes in system design and
software for embedded computers in scientific
instrumentation (e.g. seismic equipment) and consumer
equipment (e.g. fax machines). We also do some web
page work in our "spare" time, as you can see here.
Being DINKs (dual-income, no kids) professional career
types, we can afford the EV1, though we had never
previously purchased any car valued over
$17,000 (taxes included!). Note: The EV1 is valued at
~$34,000 and lease cost, including charger, is
~$399/mo in California.
We admit we're over 40 (but just barely).
We commute about 55 miles a day. Most of this is
carpooling in the EV1 down to Orange County where we do
most of our work. Usually we pickup up another car down
there (a traditional gasoline car), then go our separate
ways to wherever we need to be that day (generally Irvine,
Newport Beach, or Costa Mesa). Usually Jean takes the EV1
to her office (she's the primary driver), but if an errand
needs to be run, the one NOT planning to run any errands
takes the EV1, since even a short errand will bring us
perilously close to the point where we might not make it
back home! So we would REALLY appreciate it if GM came
out with some improved batteries!
If you want to contact us or see what other (strange) things we
might be interested in, email or drop in to our web sites: