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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Rare Surviving GM EV1 Waits For Savior At Missouri University

Green Car Reports

The late and much lamented GM EV1 electric car is by now a mythical creature. Designed, engineered, and offered for lease in California and a few other locations from 1998 to 2003, the two-seat EV1 was likely the most It''s been the subject of a much-discussed documentary, and is still cause for blind loathing of General Motors in some quarters.

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GM EV1 & Tesla Model S: Looking At 20 Years Of Electric Cars

Green Car Reports

The image, showing a GM EV1 and a Tesla Model S on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus, was posted on Facebook by Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA]. Last week, we were struck by a single photo that captured electric cars across two decades. More than anything we''ve seen in a while, that photo showed how much progress electric cars have made in less

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

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

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Green Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Chevrolet Bolt Chevrolet Bolt EV EV1 Future Cars plug-in cars Well, they did it. General Motors confirmed yesterday that its upcoming 200-mile battery-electric car will be named the Chevrolet Bolt EV. 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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Fisker Karma Electric-Car Charging Stations Have EV1 Roots

Green Car Reports

When you buy an electric car, you will most likely need a charging station. As buyers start to bring home plug-in cars, they will also expect their dealer to help them acquire and install a 240-Volt charging station (technically known as an EVSE, though few people call them that). Startup Fisker Automotive, whose first 2011 Karma plug-in hybrid

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Production Car Spied Before 2016 CES Reveal

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The long-awaited, pure electric descendant of GM's EV1--and a cousin of the new Chevrolet Volt, or at least a close-sounding relative--the Bolt will go into production next year with an anticipated all-electric driving range of 200 miles. These are the first photos of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car.

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Worst Cars Ever: TIME and Dan Neil Trash EV1

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Along with a host of the filthy, the ugly and the dangerous, Time and Dan Neil declare the EV1 one of the 50 worst cars ever. Had the EV1s been sold to consumers rather than leased, confiscated, and destroyed, they'd be very in demand. If we are very lucky, some company will come out with a car with the decade-old EV1 specs considered unmarketable in this peculiar smackdown - 140 mile range without gasoline, miata-sized, fast. Tags: la times ev1 dan neil

2014 Chevy Spark EV to be fast driving fast charging electric car

National Green Transportation

On Tuesday, ahead of the 2012 LA Auto Show, GM unveiled specifications and other details about the 2014 Chevy Spark EV, GM's first all electric car since the now-crushed GM EV1.

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2014 Chevy Spark EV to be fast driving fast charging electric car

National Green Transportation

On Tuesday, ahead of the 2012 LA Auto Show, GM unveiled specifications and other details about the 2014 Chevy Spark EV, GM's first all electric car since the now-crushed GM EV1.

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GM's Chevy Spark EV a zippy little ultra-compact electric car (Video)

National Green Transportation

The Chevy Spark EV, GM's first all electric car since the EV1, is an urban-oriented car built on GM's popular ultra-compact Spark platform.

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Bring Back the EV1 Press Conference

Revenge of the Electric Car

City Council Member, held a press conference demanding General Motors apologize to the American people for destroying the automaker’s EV1 plug-in electric vehicle. Mr. Holden demanded the EV1’s immediate re-introduction before, or in exchange for, any Government bailout of GM. General Motors compounded their financial woes by destroying the EV1 and continued to work with the oil companies to gouge the public.

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GM develops two-mode hybrid transmission

Green Cars News

general motors Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news EV1 EV2 GM SAE World Congress 2011 two-mode hybrid systemAt the SAE World Congress 2011, General Motors revealed plans for a two-mode front-wheel drive hybrid transmission with enhanced electric vehicle capability for use in a plug-in hybrid. The drive unit incorporates an input-brake clutch with the existing FWD two-mode system that allows for two electric only modes in addition to the electrically variable transmission [.].

2014 Chevy Spark EV to be fast driving fast charging electric car

National Green Transportation

On Tuesday, ahead of the 2012 LA Auto Show, GM unveiled specifications and other details about the 2014 Chevy Spark EV, GM's first all electric car since the now-crushed GM EV1.

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

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Electric-car advocates are often passionate, with memories long enough to remember GM's 2004 destruction of its pioneering fleet of EV1 electric cars. Since 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. Bob Lutz plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) compliance car

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EV1: Who Pulled The Plug?

All Cars Electric

In the 1990s oil was getting scarcer and the pollution produced by combustion engines was becoming recognized as a very serious problem. Consumers began to demand some solutions that would save their world, their bank accounts and their breathing from gasoline's bad effects. Around the world, there was rising concern about pollution, rising oil

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. Chrysler, however, was by far the most pessimistic. Sergio Marchionne plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA

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Volkswagen XL1 Diesel Plug-In Hybrid: Live Photos From Geneva

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Will this be the car that finally makes the ultra-aerodynamic and futuristic GM EV1 electric car look old-fashioned? Today, VW Group took the wraps off the production version of the Volkswagen XL1, a turbodiesel plug-in hybrid two-seater that will be its most fuel-efficient model ever offered. The ultra-streamlined XL1 was first shown as a concept

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GM EV1 Gets Another Shot At Smithsonian, 4 Years On

All Cars Electric

If General Motors' EV1 had featured in the Disney Pixar animated film Cars, we can't imagine it would have been the happiest of characters. It might well have spent a little time complaining about its friends all being crushed back in 1999, and who could blame it? And four years ago it might have been equally unhappy when it was pulled from an

Who Killed The Electric Car II: EV1 Pulled From Exhibition

All Cars Electric

If General Motors' EV1 had featured in the Disney Pixar animated film Cars, we can't imagine it would have been the happiest of characters. It might well have spent a little time complaining about its friends all being crushed back in 1999, and who could blame it? Now, despite solace in the form of the upcoming film Revenge Of The Electric Car

GM Promotes an Electric Car

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Chevy Volt Electric Car, Age 1: Can It Survive Toddler Years?

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The Volt was intended not only to be the first production plug-in electric car from General Motors--erasing memories of the ill-fated EV1--but to serve as a technology halo car for the just-bailed-out One year ago today, the very first 2011 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car was delivered to a retail buyer, in Denville, New Jersey.

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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

CNN Report - My 3 minutes of fame

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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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121K Mile RAV4 EV Featured in Electric Car Story

Plugs and Cars

He adds: "I'd probably still have an EV1 if GM hadn't forced me to give it back. Let's not forget, as GM hypes the Volt , 1000 140-range NiMH EV1 electric cars rot in the Arizona sun. Tags: electric car ev1 RAV4 EV An excellent piece on electric cars by Steven Wickens in the Toronto Star here. Praising his Toyota RAV4 EV, Avi Hershkovitz says, "I've put more than 121,000 miles (195,000 km) on this vehicle, and it's definitely the best, most reliable thing I've ever driven."

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As 2011 Chevrolet Volt Nears Dealers, Ghostly EV1 Gets Enthusiasts Excited

All Cars Electric

Just as the excitement is growing over the first dealer deliveries of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2011 Nissan Leaf, eagle-eyed EV enthusiasts have spotted General Motor’s previous electric car on Google’s Street View. Is it serendipity or a more carefully timed disclosure to coincide with the release of Revenge of The Electric Car, the

Electric Minis only weeks away from delivery

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GM's Chevy Spark EV a zippy little ultra-compact electric car (Video)

National Green Transportation

The Chevy Spark EV, GM's first all electric car since the EV1, is an urban-oriented car built on GM's popular ultra-compact Spark platform.

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1981 Jet 007: Retro Chrysler-Based Electric Car On eBay

Green Car Reports

Anyone who ever lusted over GM's EV1 will tell you that isn't the case, and Jay Leno might inform you otherwise too, no doubt parading a line of early 20th Century electric cars past you as he does so. A common misconception about electric cars is that they're a fairly recent phenomenon. But even if you know about those, you may not be aware of

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Electric Pickups: When Will We See Them Again?

All Cars Electric

While the EV1 was making waves smoothly whirring down the freeways and highways of Arizona and California, an altogether more rugged fleet of electric utility trucks were living a less obviously electric lifestyle. Think back to the late 1990s. Enter GM’s S10 Pickup and Ford’s Electric Ranger. Between them, both vehicles provided local

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

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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. Plug-in hybrid operating modes with the 2MH4EV architecture. From Yang et al. Click to enlarge.

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Fortune Puts Volt In 'Dustbin Of History' In Strange, Context-Free Opinion Piece

Green Car Reports

sales Chevy Volt Tesla Motors EV1 New car sales plug-in carsTwo carmakers sell plug-in electric cars; one is a pricey, sexy all-electric sport sedan, the other a range-extended electric compact hatchback. One (the Tesla Model S) is a huge success, with its maker "going from strength to strength." The other (the Chevy Volt) is "headed to the dustbin of automotive history." DON'T MISS: If You Want To Attack.

2011 Chevy Volt Investment: How Does This Differ From the EV1?

Green Car Reports

Another day, another announcement in the series of carefully timed press releases on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car. In this case, it's the news that GM's investment in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant where the Volt will be built totals $336 million. General Motors says that sum brings its total invested in Michigan on

Tom Hanks expresses green car commitment

Green Cars News

The original piece by Peter J Boyer assumed that Hanks had at one time owned the EV1 briefly touted by GM. However, Hanks was quick to point out that this was not the case in his response: “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. Ah those Hollywood stars and their green cars.

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2011 Chevrolet Volt

Green Car Reports

The Volt is GM’s first electric car since the infamous EV1 two-seater, and this time, the company is building and selling it in volume—in every U.S. Years from now, the world might just view the 2011 Chevrolet Volt as the car that showed General Motors was worth saving. state by the end of 2011. The aerodynamic five-door, four-seat

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FIRST-EVER plug-in prius! Really?

Plugs and Cars

Toyota has passed on the opportunity to be the plug-in leader, given up the lead they'd accrued from the RAV4 EV and the Prius as much as GM postponed its rendevous with destiny when they jettisoned the EV1. A story on Toyota's announcement that an ordering system for the plug-in prius will be coming later this year prompted me to check out the site. I find it rather funny and rather sad. THE FIRST-EVER prius plug-in hybrid," it says. Really? Ask Felix Kramer of CalCars.

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WSJ Online on TeslaMotors

Plugs and Cars

Other than one stupid paragraph about the EV1 and RAV4 EV that repeats the conventional received wisdom on why we have no plug-in choices - "GM EV1 and the electric Toyota RAV4 struck mainstream customers as geeky, slow and impractical" (really? Mainstream customers knew about the EV1 and RAV4 EV? The EV1 was slow? Joseph B White, Wall Street Journal's Detroit bureau chief, takes Tesla seriously and respectfully.

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Patent awarded for electric vehicle energy data management

Green Cars News

The technology behind the company’s electric vehicle charging solutions actually emerged from AeroVironment’s contributions to the GM Impact, the concept car for General Motors’ EV1. The United States Patent and Trademark Office for technology has awarded AeroVironment a patent that facilitates the optimal charging, management, maintenance and control of battery packs, chargers and electric vehicles.

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Tired 15-Year Old Chevy S-10 Electric Pickup Sells For $4,000

Green Car Reports

What if that truck happened to be powered by the same drivetrain that was found in the legendary all-electric EV1 that General How much would you pay for a tired 1997 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, especially one of unknown condition? A quick look at auction site eBay tells us that at best, even a tidy example of would be worth little more than $1000.

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