One thing they should do is join the PHEV consortium. Here's an
excerpt from the EVWorld.com premium-access story (part 1) a few weeks
>While there are only four members in the consortium, at the moment, West explained that it will be open to other EV-centric technology developers including other motor, electronics and battery manufacturers. The consortium also wants to eventually include automotive OEMs in what West calls Phase Two.
>"The success of the consortium depends on the participating and leadership of an OEM. But our first task at hand is to make sure that we take to the table off-the-shelf, or available technologies that can get this car built, and demonstrate that they are ready to be built, in that the product is feasible.
>"So, the first phase of the consortium is for the component suppliers to get together, make sure that we have enough components of what we call off-the-shelf or available already to be put into a proof-of-concept car
And get a lot of the work done to show that this is feasible and, thereby, attract OEMs to participate either with that design or take on some of the components that are presented through the consortium into their own designs to help accelerate that process".
>West sees OEM participation as "critical and key" and he hopes that it will be only "a few short months" until one or more can be brought into the consortium.