Vantage EVP1000 electric van
Chinese-made FAW minivan imported and converted to electric by Vantage in California.
I bought one of these in 2010 and have seriously had nothing but headaches with it. Of the things added by Vantage for the conversion, almost everything has gone bad and been replaced/repaired, spending literally months in the shop, while the original Chinese-made FAW minivan platform has had one problem -the wiper motor.
The latest fiasco? 4-5 months ago, due to ongoing lead-acid battery longevity problems, Vantage requested the controller be sent down to them for "inspection" and proceeded to SECRETELY re-program it with a smaller image of the battery pack -effectively cutting our range in half in a misguided effort to increase battery longevity. I found this out from my engineering contact at Vantage (who has since been fired) when I called him with the observation that, since our controller was "inspected" at Vantage, our standard commute was reportedly using exactly double the amount of power as before.
While we would never in a thousand years have bought this vehicle if we had known of even an eighth of the headaches to come, we own it now, and since it seems that the bugs -except for the super-fast battery deterioration problem- have been shaken out, we are planning on switching it over to Lithium.
The original FAW minivan platform has been virtually problem free, and everything for the conversion was off-the-shelf, and so replaceable and upgradeable, so we're planning on making lemonade out of this lemon.
Anyone else out there with a Vantage?