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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EV1 Stirs Emotions Decade Later

Plugs and Cars

is interviewed by Matt Kelley of Next Gear in front of an EV1 that made an appearance at RenewableLa put on by by Energy Efficiency Solar. I gather GM really did destroy the molds and sever relationships with suppliers, but it is so clear that if they simply re-released the EV1 today it would still be a show stopper. Who thinks that GM couldn't sell 5-10,000 EV1s for between $50,000 and $75,000? Tags: GM electric car ev1 alexandra paul

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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

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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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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

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GM Promotes an Electric Car

Plugs and Cars

Tags: GM ev1 regenerative breaking battery electric car

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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

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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

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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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Electric Car With EV1 Heritage Sets New Pikes Peak Record

All Cars Electric

For the past week or so the famous Pikes Peak in Colorado has rung with the sound of cars and motorcycles climbing the 12.42 mile course to its 14,110 foot summit. But yesterday for a few minutes, the mountain was a little quieter as an electric car climbed the summit, completing the would-renowned hill-climb course in a breathtaking 12 minutes

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Electric-car pioneer Paul Scott looks back on 15 years of plugging in

Green Car Reports

History EV1 plug-in cars Who Killed the Electric Car? Most of the U.S. was unaware that modern electric cars got their start in California between 1996 and 2002. Many of the earliest owners and EV advocates from those days remain involved 20 years later, though their names may be familiar only to a small group of activists. One of those people is Paul Scott, who's been part of several important. Plug-in America

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CNN Report - My 3 minutes of fame

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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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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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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

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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

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121K Mile RAV4 EV Featured in Electric Car Story

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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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Electric Minis only weeks away from delivery

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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.

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

Green Car Reports

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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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

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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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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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Google spurs electric car videos

Plugs and Cars

Jeff U'ren drove an EV1 for three years.well, the vid tells the tale. Rechargeit.org , Google.org's campaign for plug-in cars, has issued a call for short videos. If you've got one, explain how it works for you. If you want one, explain why. Videos are beginning to show up on youtube.

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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 [.].

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

Green Car Reports

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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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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Imagine the Volt

Plugs and Cars

Check out this 13 minute GM video on the car that became the EV1. Right through the controller after they confiscated each EV1 from consumers. Seventeen years ago GM could imagine, and then produce, an electric car. Commenting on its technological achievements, John Zwerner, GM Advanced Product Engineering, says "we wanted to drive a stake in the ground.as to what a contemporary produceable electric vehicle would look like and how it would perform if we were to build such a vehicle."

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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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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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My Tesla arrives in Los Angeles!

Revenge of the Electric Car

It’s been five years since my last silver all electric sports car, a GM EV1, was infamously destroyed. America’s first ground-up design pure electric sportscar since the EV1 arrives again. We knew who was involved, we knew the legions of people who had fought so hard for electric cars, we knew the technology was possible (hell, we had both driven GM’s EV1 for five years of flawless performance), and now we could see the future. It’s alive!

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GM to Launch?

Plug In Partners

This year, it has also drawn sharp criticism for its decision to kill its EV1 electric car program. clip) In an interview with Motor Trend published in July, GM Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said killing the $1 billion EV1 program was his worst decision.

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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. 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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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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Quentin Wilson: ?The 2010 Mitsubishi i Has Changed My Life?

All Cars Electric

Just as the many tearful original EV1 lease drivers bade farewell to the electric car in the mock funeral that started Chris Paine’s docufilm Who Killed The Electric Car, a select group of electric car lease drivers in the U.K. History has a way of repeating itself.

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Voltageville, USA

Revenge of the Electric Car

In 2003 Vacaville, also known as Voltageville , was miles ahead of other cities with over 100 electric cars on the road in both GM EV1 s and Toyota RAV4-EV s. Sacramento’s News 10 reports on the electric cars of Vacaville, CA. The California Air Resources Board’s 1990 Zero Emissions Vehicle mandate would have required 10% of all vehicles sold in California to be zero emissions. But the CARB ZEV mandate was rescinded in 2003 due to pressure from the automakers.

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