Modern electric cars at 20: from EV1 to Bolt EV, where are we now?

Green Car Reports

Twenty years ago today, the very first GM EV1 electric cars were delivered to 40 lessees in California in a blaze of publicity. That first EV1 was a high-tech two-seater created specifically to meet California's then-current zero-emission vehicle rules. sales History CARB EV1 plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV Since then, plug-in electric vehicles have seen more than their share of ups and downs.

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Science Guy Bill Nye buys Chevy Bolt EV, his seventh electric car

Green Car Reports

He drove one of only a few hundred original GM EV1 two-seat electric cars almost 20 years ago. California Chevy EV1 plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV Bill Nye, better known as "The Science Guy" on the popular PBS children's series that bears his name, loves electric cars. Three weeks ago, he took delivery of a brand-new "Kinetic Blue" 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV—and he says he couldn't be happier.

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Trending Sources

GM Promotes an Electric Car

Plugs and Cars

Tags: GM ev1 regenerative breaking battery electric car

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GM Confirms Electric-Car Name Will Be 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Green Car Reports

General Motors confirmed yesterday that its upcoming 200-mile battery-electric car will be named the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Green Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Chevrolet Bolt Chevrolet Bolt EV EV1 Future Cars plug-in cars Well, they did it. That''s Bolt-with-a-B, not Volt-with-a-V. The Volt-with-a-V is Chevy''s now-established plug-in hybrid compact hatchback. DON''T MISS: Why ''Bolt'' Is A Really Terrible Name For Chevy''s Electric Car An all-new.

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GM's Chevy Spark EV will be their first 100% Battery EV since the EV1

National Green Transportation

GM announced today the Spark EV, their first all electric car since the EV1, will be sold in select U.S. and global markets starting in 2013. It is an electric version of their Spark mini-car, and is

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CNN Report - My 3 minutes of fame

Plugs and Cars

Tags: solar power miles o'brien toyota rav4 ev ev1 cnn solar PV solar electricity energy efficiency solar battery electric car

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Fiat Chrysler to electrify more vehicles as diesels fall out of favor

Green Car Reports

Among the Detroit Three automakers, General Motors has a quarter of a century of electric-car experience, from the legendary EV1 to the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt EV. Ford launched hybrids in 2004, before any other maker, but its battery-electric efforts thus far have been strictly compliance cars. Sergio Marchionne plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA

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Bob Lutz called 2017 Chevy Bolt EV a 'compliance car'; is it?

Green Car Reports

Electric-car advocates are often passionate, with memories long enough to remember GM's 2004 destruction of its pioneering fleet of EV1 electric cars. Bob Lutz plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) compliance carSince then, the company has built and sold two generations of the Chevrolet Volt, with the launch of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV imminent within a year—before Nissan, Tesla, BMW, or any other.

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Tom Hanks on his electric car

Plugs and Cars

s sadly fated EV1 electric car and, like other drivers of that twin-seat rocket of a vehicle, watched the emission-free car be wrested from my garage, towed away, and busted up into pieces of metal, glass, and rubber smaller than razor blades (“The Road Ahead,” April 27th).

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2014 Chevy Spark EV Prototype Electric Car: First Drive

Green Car Reports

As GM's first battery electric car since the EV1 of the 1990s, there's more riding on the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV electric minicar than its size would indicate. The company maintains the electric Spark is not just a compliance car, but a fully developed product to be sold not only in California, but in Korea and other markets. Yesterday, Chevy let

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Energy Conversion Devices seeking to sell Ovonic Battery Company; focus on solar

Green Car Congress

ECD), a global manufacturer of thin-film flexible solar laminate products and systems for the building-integrated and commercial rooftop markets, has initiated a process to divest its Ovonic Battery Company (OBC) subsidiary. OBC invented NiMH rechargeable battery technology that is used globally in hybrid-electric vehicles, and in many consumer and commercial rechargeable batteries. Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.

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GM CEO Waggoner Sows Doubt about Volt Debut Date; Volt Ads Continue Unabated

Plugs and Cars

Hell, they could simply sell the few EV1s they still have running around. They could encourage museums and universities with donated, disabled EV1s to rebuild them as electric cars and allow them on the roads. They could make a preliminary, limited run Volt without waiting for "perfect" batteries - say something like the NiMH that worked quite well in the EV1 (and still do in our RAV4 EVs.) CNNMoney.com reports on an online chat with GM CEO Rick Waggoner.

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Toward a Plug-in Hybrid Saturn Vue

Plugs and Cars

GM today announced two contracts to "design and test lithium-ion batteries" for use in the Saturn Vue Plug-in Hybrid announced last month at the LA Auto Show. Johnson Controls/SAFT, the huge battery company at which President Bush first publicly announced his support for plug-in hybrids, received one contract. According to the press release, two variants of Lithium batteries will be "evaluated in prototype Saturn Vue Green Line plug-in hybrids beginning later this year."

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GM to Launch?

Plug In Partners

The advanced technology vehicle would have an extended driving range on battery power and would also have a diesel or gasoline engine that could power the car when the battery was low, the Detroit News said, citing unnamed GM officials.

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Pete Savagian leaves GM to become VP Engineering at Faraday Future

Green Car Congress

Pete Savagian, who served in critical electric drive engineering roles at GM since the EV1, has left General Motors to become the VP Engineering at Faraday Future. In a posting on Linked In, Savagian said that he will lead Faraday Future’s engineering operations for powertrain, battery and related high voltage systems. In July, Faraday Future announced a long-term alliance with Dragon Racing, becoming the core technical partner and title sponsor of the team.

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GM’s assembly line delivers bouncing baby Volt

Revenge of the Electric Car

Now here we are in 2010, as welcomed guests of GM no less, watching electric cars roll off the assembly line for the first time since the EV1 stopped production in 1999. Robotic body and frame welding, magnetic delivery systems for motor/engine marriage to the carriage, dashboard installation by hand, battery pack installation by dolly, tires being torqued into position by wrench jockeys… it was a glorious sight.

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Tom Hanks, The New Yorker — and Electric Cars

Revenge of the Electric Car

s sadly fated EV1 electric car and, like other drivers of that twin-seat rocket of a vehicle, watched the emission-free car be wrested from my garage, towed away, and busted up into pieces of metal, glass, and rubber smaller than razor blades (“The Road Ahead,” April 27th). However, by the time I began shopping for an all-electric car, in 2003, the EV1 had already been yanked from showrooms as if the car had never existed. Tom Hanks in His Rav 4.

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Wired blogger takes on Nissan LEAF

Plugs and Cars

Second, and the point on which the article devotes most attention, is whether Nissan is "cutting corners" by forgoing an active thermal management (HVAC) system for the batteries. They reverted to the T-shaped tunnel configuration for the battery used in the EV1.

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The trials of public charging, part 2 (of many to come)

Plugs and Cars

Problem #2: It needs to be noted (especially by new drivers) that the electrons don't just flow from many of these public J-plugs when you plug into the car as they do for the previous generation - EV1s and RAV4 EVs.

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Bright’s Plug-In Car: Aerodynamics Are Key

Revenge of the Electric Car

This new company, Bright Automotive , is founded by ex-GM EV1 people, and the super efficient Rocky Mountain Institute to make plug-in hybrids in Indiana. “The slimming of the battery essentially comes because of a focus on weight, aerodynamics, rolling resistance, new construction materials and other design factors, he said in an interview. How can you quickly improve the performance of the battery in an electric car?

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GM's CEO Waggoner Announces Saturn Plug-in Hybrid; Bio-fuel Hummer

Plugs and Cars

Wagoner said GM's prior work on its now-defunct EV1 electric car gives it a good base for the battery technology needed. LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- General Motors Corp. (GM) GM) Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said Wednesday that the U.S. needs to reduce dependence on foreign energy and insisted the No. 1 auto maker is accelerating its efforts to meet the challenge by being the first to offer a plug-in hybrid and by expanding its production of biofuel vehicles.

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AeroVironment Awarded Patent for Electric Vehicle Energy Data Management and Control; Web-based System Solution for EV Battery Optimization

Green Car Congress

7,444,192 ) by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for technology that facilitates the optimal charging, management, control and maintenance of battery packs, chargers and electric vehicles (EVs). AV’s technology is directly applicable to battery packs, chargers and battery-powered EVs that can be linked to the electric utility network and managed by a “smart grid” controller. Tags: Batteries Electric (Battery) Vehicle Systems

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Plug-in cars: Moving Forward

Plugs and Cars

GM waxed hot and cold on the EV1. I suspect without some explicit direction from the top, prodded from those of us below, the automakers will do everything to achieve the requirements with conventional vehicles, eschewing the greater near term cost and long-term benefit of transitioning toward plug-in electric drive components and batteries. million FedEx will get to replace grid-connected zero emission battery forklifts with fuel cell forklifts.

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Jon Bereisa to Join Aker Wade Board of Advisors with Focus on Fast Charging

Green Car Congress

Bereisa led GM’s EV1 project as chief engineer. He was responsible for the technology development and production design of the EV1 electric traction system, power inverter, battery pack and charger. Bereisa is also the inventor of the EV1 Inductive Charging System, and he led the original development of GM’s VOLTEC propulsion system (used in the Chevrolet Volt extended-range vehicle).

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Lutz Chats Volt with "Fellow Bloggers"

Plugs and Cars

While the goal is still a 2010 release, everything hinges on the Lithium battery thought to be the essential heart of the Volt. Must the battery really be lithium to get this radically different automobile off the drawing board and into the showroom? Asked why not Nickel Metal Hydride batteries in the Volt, at least to start, he says "NiMH just doesn't do it." Or perhaps GM's disinformation campaign about the successes of the EV1 and its NiMH batteries is still in force.)

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A Bright Day in DC

Revenge of the Electric Car

What’s more, Bright’s CEO John Waters helped to develop the battery pack system for GM’s EV1. YOU KNOW THE times are a changin’ when you see Republican senators like Richard Lugar turning out for the launch of an electric vehicle. We interviewed Senator Lugar in DC recently — as we caught the Capitol Hill debut of Bright Automotive’s Idea — a plug-in hybrid electric delivery vehicle.

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And now, Toyota's turn

Plugs and Cars

An anonymous commenter on my previous blogpost asks, "GM has alway said that the battery might not be ready. While I have no doubt Toyota will release a plug-in car as soon as someone else does, until then they will join the "batteries aren't ready" chorus. They couldn't have been in worse shape had they continued even very limited production, and sale, of the EV1. GM never lied about it but like always lots of people like to knock GM. Why not pick on Toyota for a while."

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Greentech Media | ECOtality CEO: Fast Charging and Why Battery Swapping Is Doomed

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Email ECOtality CEO: Fast Charging and Why Battery Swapping Is Doomed Jonathan Read discusses why electric vehicles and fast-charging systems, not battery-replacement systems such as the one touted by Project Better Place, are the future. The eminent success of electric vehicles depends on four factors: good battery systems, customer confidence, reasonable costs and, perhaps most importantly, customer convenience. Battery technologies are advancing rapidly.

Chelsea Test Drives The Volt

Revenge of the Electric Car

That they still trash the EV1 to make the case for the Volt doesn’t help- beyond the fact that they are different cars meant for very different markets. While the EV1 wasn’t flawless, it became the benchmark of what GM was capable of in both engineering and consumer passion. In fairness, the Volt can’t rightfully be compared to the EV1 (I myself have badgered GM not to do it) but I am aware that it and the other EVs of the 1990s are the frame of reference for many folks.

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GM Detroit Shoot (2 of 2)

Revenge of the Electric Car

We shoot at the Tech Center campus where engineers ran tests on Volt battery packs. To our surprise, some of the industrial battery testing equipment came from Aerovironment, the company who had built the SunRaycer and Impact EV prototypes back in the early 1990s. It was as nearly as quick as their EV1 and every bit as smooth. Early wakeup calls in Detroit continued as our grand tour picked up speed.

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Bring on the EV Trucks

Revenge of the Electric Car

It’s easy to spec out a battery pack with enough kWh for a given size of truck to hit 60-80-100 miles, whatever the given fleet buyer needs. Along with Tedd Abramson’s Zero Truck in San Diego and Smith Trucks in London, we now have EVI (I keep wanting to write that as EV1:~). Note: modified 3/6/09 to add approximate cost of battery lease.). Costs would depend on the number of batteries needed to meet a customer’s needs, the spokesman said.

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Interview with Chris Paine in the Whole Life Times

Revenge of the Electric Car

Paine was one of the first to lease a General Motors EV1 in 1997 — only to get the car wrenched away from him five years later when he took it in simply to get a brake light fixed. Paine followed the plight of his EV1 to its (literally) crushing end. Paine was one of the first to lease a General Motors EV1 in 1997 — only to get the car wrenched away from him five years later when he took it in simply to get a brake light fixed. And like the EV1, the RAV4’s been service-free.

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GM Says Chevrolet Volt Won't 'Pay the Rent' | Autopia from Wired.com

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

The four-door sedan will deliver 40 miles on a charge; a small gasoline engine will recharge the battery as it approaches depletion, extending its range by as much as 200 miles. Posted by: AJ | Apr 13, 2009 3:24:59 PM Dont buy the hype, version 1 was the EV1 which GM released in 1996.

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Rav4 EV

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

This car has half the power, substantially more battery capacity, and similar range to the EV1. This is the car that we take on family trips, and it is also the daily commute car now that the EV1 has been returned to GM. The Rav charges slower, but more consistently than the EV1.

What up with GM's Plug-in hybrid Volt?

Plugs and Cars

Regardless, GM ought to be producing the Volt now with the best available batteries, a PHEV-version of the NiMH in every hybrid on the road and which took the EV1 140 miles between charges. "GM tries to unplug Volt hype" is not the headline I've been hoping to see out of Motor City this spring. But there it is in a Detroit News Autos Insider piece today. Just weeks after announcing production, perhaps, in 2010, the industry's hometown paper lets us know this is no done deal.

2007 100

My ZEV Mandate Public Comment

Plugs and Cars

Many of our members, including myself, drove ZEV Mandate battery electric cars - GM EV1, Honda EV+, Ford Th!nk Thousands of battery ZEVs were on the road in consumers hands a few short years ago. To get more ZEVs on the road, we support the staff interest in battery electric/fuel cell technology neutrality. Battery electrics ought not be penalized - as they are now - because they are closer to commercialization and infrastructure-ready.

2007 100

GM develops prototype two-mode hybrid transmission with enhanced EV capability for plug-in hybrids

Green Car Congress

The two new electric-only modes have the capability to cover the entire FTP urban cycle with a properly sized battery pack, GM says. With this, there are two new electric-only modes: EV1 and EV2. In EV1, the transmission is in the first continuously-variable mode EVT1 with both brake-clutch CB12R and CB5 applied. Overall, EV1 has a higher output torque capability, with better efficiency in the lower speed, higher torque region.

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Honda: 12 more years of no choice for consumers

Plugs and Cars

Reminiscent of GM referring to EV1 drivers as "owners," despite their unwillingness to actually sell the car. I also tried to find out the size of the battery pack in this battery/fuel cell hybrid car. I suspect the battery we'll see in the FCX will be big enough to for a great plug-in hybrid.

2006 100

AeroVironment wins $8.8M contract for electric ground support equipment fast charge systems at Sea-Tac

Green Car Congress

The technology behind its electric vehicle charging solutions emerged after AeroVironment’s substantial contributions to the development of the GM Impact, the concept car for General Motors’ EV1. AeroVironment later created materials handling and airport specific solutions, combining high current charging algorithms with intelligent thermal management to safely increase the useful range of electric battery packs. The Port of Seattle has awarded AeroVironment, Inc.

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Yeah, I Got Your Chevy Volt, Right Here. Day 2 @ Plug-In 2009

Creative Greenius

He was the lead guy on the EV1 battery team and now he’s the head honcho of Bright. If you’ve been wondering just how real the new Chevy Volt that gets 230 mpg in city driving is , well just take a look for yourself.

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Green Autos in the Times: Hybrid Hype, Hydrogen Hooey and Electric Dreams

Plugs and Cars

Electric cars get their own piece by Kevin Cameron, ( Electric Cars Nearly Ready, but Batteries Are Less So ) as the Tesla can't be ignored at this point. The first 14 paragraphs spread the confusing tale of battery types and energy densities, never mentioning NiMH 140 mile range EV1s (all crushed) or 120 mile range Toyota RAV4 EVs still on the road after over 100,000 miles.

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Li-ion Startup ActaCell To Receive Up to $1M Through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund

Green Car Congress

ActaCell, a Li-ion battery spin-off from the University of Texas at Austin, was selected by the state of Texas, through the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Central Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (CenTex RCIC), to be awarded investment by the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). is commercializing lithium-ion battery technology developed in Professor Arumugam Manthiram’s Material Science and Engineering lab at The University of Texas at Austin.

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PHEV conversion company Echo Automotive completes $3M financing, joins CALSTART

Green Car Congress

Among his other career achievements are launching the lithium battery business for Delphi Electronics, including the Segway battery pack; project lead for production and battery pack design of GM’s EV1 electric car; and VP of Transportation at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). The EchoDrive conversion system comprises a 30 kW traction motor; modular Li-ion battery pack built with 2.2 Echo Automotive, Inc.,