Three Michigan universities are not happy with their electric vehicle, and want their money back. Actually, two have already returned their EVs, which were purchased on a trial basis, and Central Michigan University would like to do the same.
Citing poor performance, especially during the cold Michigan winter, CMU wants $23,000 back. Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Steve Lawrence said "we have been disappointed with the performance of the unit."

According to the Central Michigan Life paper, the car was purchased from Miles Laboratory, but we assume they mean Miles Automotive. Since the vehicle is unidentified in the article we will further assume it's the ZX40ST, which is about the same price, was released last year and was intended for places like college campuses. CMU says that they were promised a range of about 80 miles on a single charge for their vehicle, but only got about half that. When it was introduced, we heard the ZX40ST would get between 50 and 60 miles per charge. Today, the Miles website lists the Z40ST's estimated range at 30-40 miles per charge.

CMU seems to be happier with its GEM electric vehicles, which cost about half of that $23,000 price. Haven't heard reports that those might be going back to the manufacturer, anyway.

[Source: CM Life]


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