Instead, its performance will be measured in miles. The goal is to easily travel from Portland, OR to Seattle, WA and back – a distance of around about 350 miles (or Kolibri territory) – at speeds of 55 to 70 mph on a single charge. To achieve this, the soon-to-be-former hybrid will be fitted with the electric motor and transaxle that once propelled an EV1 from General Motors. The electric juice will flow from a 71.5 kWh pack of Dow Kokam lithium polymer cells that should weigh close to 900 lbs.
The virgin voyage will be made "flanked by a squadron of Teslas" with cameras rolling. While we look forward to news of that finished footage in the future, the foundation of the story, with all the electro-geek details, is available now on John's blog Wayland's Words and is well worth the read.
[Source: Wayland's Words via Tesla Motors Club]