MacCready is best known for designing the Gossamer Condor, which “made the first sustained, controlled flight powered solely by a human.” But electric vehicle enthusiasts know him for his work on the GM EV1. You won’t see this in most obits, but if you want to know the scoop on his EV work, here is a good remembrance.
He was a great man, and I was fortunate to meet him once — he actually was in the audience for a talk I gave dissing hydrogen cars and praising plug-in hybrids. I was honored that he stayed for the talk and then was kind enough to say he agreed with my analysis. He will be missed.