TO THE EDITOR:
I read the EV1 special section (April 19) with interest. I was surprised that "A long histor-e" failed to mention the Chrysler TEVan and Dodge EPIC vans. They were production vehicles built on the Windsor plant assembly line in Ontario along with gasoline-powered minivans.
Chrysler also did many battery-electric concept vehicles late in the last century, but the vans actually entered limited production and were available for sale or lease.
These were battery-electric vehicles that included several innovations. They used four battery technologies: nickel-iron, nickel-cadmium, lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride. The TEVan was produced starting in 1993, and the EPIC followed in 1997. They were extremely low volume and were sold or leased primarily to electric utilities or some government agencies. I understand that a very small number may still be in private hands.
I believe that these were one of the first or the first EVs that received electric vehicle certification from the EPA and the California Air Resources Board. I managed the department at Chrysler that did the certification work for them.
PETER P. SANDRETTO JR., Ann Arbor, Mich. The writer retired from DaimlerChrysler in 2006 as senior manager for global vehicle emissions certification.