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. Since then, plug-in electric vehicles have seen more than their share of ups and downs. 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

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

Green Car Reports

was unaware that modern electric cars got their start in California between 1996 and 2002. History EV1 plug-in cars Who Killed the Electric Car? Plug-in AmericaMost of the U.S. 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.

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The first Volt from GM was also a plug-in hybrid, but it was built in 1980

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Electric Auto Corporation receives that distinction for their car built in 1980, at the height of America's second gas crisis. It built the Silver Volt, a plug-in hybrid based on a contemporary Buick station wagon—16 years before the GM EV1. Plug-In HybridsChevrolet's Volt wasn't the original, or even the first Volt from GM. CHECK OUT: Modern electric cars.

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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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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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FIRST-EVER plug-in prius! Really?

Plugs and Cars

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. THE FIRST-EVER prius plug-in hybrid," it says. Ask any of the hundreds of individuals and fleets driving around in prius converted to have plug-in capability. It's not even Toyota's first plug-in prius. Surely there's a market for their plug-in hybrid.

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Worst Cars Ever: TIME and Dan Neil Trash EV1

Plugs and Cars

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. Dan Neil, the LA Times writer who naively blames consumers for the lack of electric cars in the market in the film Who Killed the Electric Car? He knows we need to move toward plug-in cars, and he knows the "perfect" electric car won't drop down from heaven one day. Tags: la times ev1 dan neil

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XL1 dive and drive: Volkswagen aggressively optimizes for efficiency in its sleek diesel plug-in hybrid

Green Car Congress

During a media event in Wolfsburg, Germany, Volkswagen provided a medium dive into details of its two-seater XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle diesel plug-in hybrid ( earlier post ) as well as some driving time on local roads and highways. The XL1 is aggressively optimized for efficiency in all areas of its design and technology—from materials (carbon fiber reinforced polymer monocoque); to powertrain (0.8L In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1

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

Green Car Reports

Two carmakers sell plug-in electric cars; one is a pricey, sexy all-electric sport sedan, the other a range-extended electric compact hatchback. sales Chevy Volt Tesla Motors EV1 New car sales plug-in carsOne (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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Fisker Karma Electric-Car Charging Stations Have EV1 Roots

Green Car Reports

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 When you buy an electric car, you will most likely need a charging station.

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CEO Mary Barra & General Motors Make Sure The Greenius Is Rewarded For His Many Years Of EV Advocacy

Creative Greenius

That’s me on January 16, 2017, with my brand new Chevy Bolt EV Premier edition in my garage at home. I paid $47,000 in cash for that car as a #YearOfJoe gift to myself after a decade of environmental work and achievement. Debra Bushweit Galliani in 2013 with our first electric car.

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

Green Car Congress

Plug-in hybrid operating modes with the 2MH4EV architecture. GM has developed a prototype of its two-mode front-wheel drive (FWD) hybrid transmission ( earlier post ) with enhanced electric vehicle capability (2MH4EV) for application in a plug-in hybrid; GM presented a paper detailing the work at the SAE 2011 World Congress in Detroit. With this, there are two new electric-only modes: EV1 and EV2. Hybrids Plug-ins Transmissions

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

Green Car Reports

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

Creative Greenius

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. This one might actually get MORE than 230 mpg in the city seeing as how it has no doors, windows, seats, any interior, hood, roof, underbody or trunk. At least GM sent this nifty printed banner explaining all about the new J1772 industry standard recharging plug. They even had a real plug connected to their toy car on the exhibit hall.

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GM Series Plug-in Hybrid?

Plugs and Cars

In early November, an LA Times story heralding GM’s resurrection of the plug-in car was carried by newspapers worldwide. GM announced it will show some sort of plug-in car at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Speculation has focused on the possibility of a serial plug-in hybrid. GM made a prototype plug-in hybrid EV1 during the 90s. In September, Chairman Lutz said that his worst decision was killing the EV1.

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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. While the future may belong to Lithium, a case can easily be made for the early roll-0ut of NiMH plug-ins.

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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. It’ll be interesting to see how their vehicles compare to all the rest in terms of efficiency. Think Tank’s Plug-In Car: Aerodynamics Are Key. Here is the full text of the entire article in case the link goes bad: [link].

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Plug-in cars: Moving Forward

Plugs and Cars

Plug-in cars are inevitable. Mitsubishi has begun to manufacture the iMiev in the thousands for the Japanese market. GM may be in bankruptcy but remains unwavering in its commitment to have the Volt in some showrooms by November 2010. The other carmakers domestic and foreign have less firm but well press-released plans for plug-ins. GM waxed hot and cold on the EV1. In the past industry ultimately called the shots.

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Plug In America Challenges Obama Auto Task Force Conclusion on GM Volt, Proposes Reduction in Warranty Terms to Reduce Manufacturer Cost

Green Car Congress

In response to the Presidential Auto Task Force Report that concluded that the plug-in Chevrolet Volt was unlikely to be commercially successful in the short-term due to its cost ( earlier post ), Plug In America is proposing a plan to make GM’s Chevy Volt and other plug-in cars more affordable. Plug In America also noted that most advanced new technologies are initially more costly. and was a co-founder of Plug In America.

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This American hybrid concept faced spiking gas prices with six wheels

Green Car Reports

Long before the Toyota Prius and the GM EV1 were conceived, an U.S. company not otherwise known for making cars showed a most unusual vehicle possibly described as a progenitor of plug-in hybrids.

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

Plugs and Cars

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. The Volt grabbed headlines, lit up online chat boards and dominated the buzz at the auto show in Detroit. Interest in plug-in cars of all sorts is real and growing. Tags: GM electric car plug-in hybrid chevy volt fuel cell

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

Plugs and Cars

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. Wagoner said GM is using the Saturn Vue hybrid sport utility vehicle to develop a plug-in hybrid, which can be re-charged from a standard electrical outlet, and will offer biofuel-capable Hummer SUVs. He didn't give a time frame for the plug-in, but said it will take "several years" to bring one to market.

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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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Nissan Exploring Inductive Charging Capable of Power Transfer Over Longer Distances for its Plug-ins

Green Car Congress

Traditional magnetic induction, such as used in an electric toothbrush or electric transformers, uses conductive coils to transmit power wirelessly over very short distances. Inductive charging with a paddle-type connector was used in a number of earlier EVs, notably GM’s EV1, the Nissan Hypermini EV, and the Toyota RAV4. Subsequently, GM suspended production of its Gen2+ MagneCharge units in 2002. Guardian.

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Highlander Hybrid mpg, E-Tron towing, EV emissions drop: Today’s Car News

Green Car Reports

Towing an EV1 with an E-Tron helps deliver a reality check on towing. The 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid tops the efficiency scales if you can’t plug in. Today in Car NewsCalifornia’s permitting process for charging stations still lags.

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WSJ Online on TeslaMotors

Plugs and Cars

His column in Monday's WSJ Online explains what's going on with the Silicon Valley automotive startup so many hope will push electric to the fore. 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?

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Google spurs electric car videos

Plugs and Cars

Rechargeit.org , Google.org's campaign for plug-in cars, has issued a call for short videos. Jeff U'ren drove an EV1 for three years.well, the vid tells the tale. Tags: rechargeit.org google.org battery electric car plug-in car 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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Is GM's Plug-in Hybrid for Real? What Say Big Enviro?

Plugs and Cars

Lots of ink on GM's plug-in hybrid announcement. With headlines like "GM Promises Plug-in Hybrid," Waggoner's statement in LA moves plug-in cars back into the public discussion of petroleum alternatives. The environmental Big Three - Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Union of Concerned Scientists - remain on the sidelines of the plug-in discussion. Roland: When will that long-promised plug-in study appear?

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GM develops two-mode hybrid transmission

Green Cars News

At 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 Hosting Webchat with Chelsea Sexton 29 April at 2 pm EDT

Green Car Congress

and what she thinks has been learned from the whole GM EV1 experience. Sexton is the Founder of the non-profit Lightning Rod Foundation, and a former General Motors EV1 Specialist. She is one of the key individuals featured in the 2006 film, “ Who Killed the Electric Car? ”. She also led the creation of the Automotive X PRIZE, co-founded Plug In America, and is also a consulting producer on Chris Paine’s next film, Revenge of the Electric Car.

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Electrified Blondes in Convertibles For Everyone!

Creative Greenius

I have seen the future my friends and it looks exactly like a 76 degree January day filled with beautiful people driving gorgeous plug-in hybrid and plug-in electric cars. The Plug-Ins are coming and you should wait till they get here before buying your next new car. She lives in a solar powered house and drives an electric car. He’s one of the co-founder’s of Plug-In America and he’s also Zan’s husband.

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Chevy Volt: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Plugs and Cars

And he's not the pariah-in-residence. Just two weeks ago Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan was twisting Mr. Paine's words to justify GM killing the EV1. Now Phelan , GM, Paine and Chelsea Sexton, Plug In America's Executive Director, all seem to be on the same page. Tags: chris paine GM electric cars plug-in hybrid plug in america chevy volt chelsea sexton What a difference a week or two can make.

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Plug In America - Links and Resources

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Learn About Plug-ins What Are Plug-ins? Real Life EV Stories A Case for Electricity Plug In America Positions Energy Policy Frequently Asked Questions About Plug-in Buses Who Killed the Electric Car? 3 CARB Date with Destiny Move CARB Forward Plug In America Podcasts! New 100K Club Member RAV4EV in Japan Newsletter Vol. 1 $100,000 Grant Moving in the Right Direction? Where Can I Buy One?

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

Green Car Reports

One year ago today, the very first 2011 Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car was delivered to a retail buyer, in Denville, New Jersey. 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

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Lutz Chats Volt with "Fellow Bloggers"

Plugs and Cars

Lutz says the Volt is no "pr stunt," that they intend to have a working model by the end of the year, and are making a diesel version with a European body to be shown in Frankfort. Asked why not Nickel Metal Hydride batteries in the Volt, at least to start, he says "NiMH just doesn't do it." Interestingly, Lutz says GM is being approached by NiMH manufacturers to use this proven battery chemistry in the Volt. Could Lutz not know the range of an EV1?

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Toyota Snags a RAV4 EV

Plugs and Cars

Now that automakers seem to be reevaluating plug-in cars, you'd think the era of automakers taking extraordinary steps to keep electric cars from private ownership would be over. As GM talks up the Volt, it ensures EV1s at museums and universities not be returned to the road as electric cars. As Toyota gets headlines for suggesting it will offer a few fleets a few plug-in hybrids in 3 or 4 years, it does what it can to take the myth-busting RAV4 EV out of private hands.

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

Plugs and Cars

A number of articles about "green cars" worth perusing in Saturday's New York Times Automotive section. Especially as displayed in Adam B. Ellick and Don Sherman's moronic and facile hydrogen vehicles video shot in the New Jersey field where the Hindenberg met its firey demise. Toyota comes in for a smackdown by Lawrence Ulrich ( Conspicuous Consumption With Green Illusions ) on it's high class hybrids.

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Analysis: What’s the Best Way to Market EVs?

Clean Fleet Report

Harley-Davidson, the legendary and revered American manufacturer of motorcycles, announced that it is establishing LiveWire as a separate electric motorcycle brand on July 8,2021, just in time for the first of nine outdoor International Motorcycle Shows. Not an H or D in sight. Just in!

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

Green Car Congress

a developer of technologies enabling the conversion of existing fleet vehicles into plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, completed a $3-million financing with United Fleet Financing, LLC, through a private placement offering and mezzanine financing. Echo authorized the sale and issuance of up to 2,727,273 units of its securities to United Fleet in a private placement for the purpose of raising working capital to accelerate its business plan. Echo Automotive, Inc.,

GM to Launch?

Plug In Partners

GM Concept Car T here has been a rumor that General Motors might have a plug-in to show at the North American International Car Show in Detroit this coming January. GM likely to launch new plug-in hybrid Reuters Nov 10, 2006 DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Corp. will likely unveil a prototype plug-in hybrid at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, a local paper reported on Friday.

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And now, Toyota's turn

Plugs and Cars

They are selling larger, less fuel-efficient vehicles than ever; they slap a hybrid drive into a $100,000 Lexus, achieve minimal fuel savings, and earn more green kudos all while continuing to spread disinformation about the value of true electrification by advertising their hybrids as half electric cars "you never have to plug in." But unlike GM, Toyota hasn't promised a plug in car. Needless to say this hasn't proven true in GM's case.

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Senators Ask Who Killed the Electric Car?

Plugs and Cars

PG&E's Peter Darbee, its president, CEO and chairman of the board, let the committee know that plug-in hybrid cars could play a huge role in lowering carbon emissions. Boxer, clearly moved by the images in the film of flattened EV1s, suggested that a panel of auto execs appear before the committee to do some explaining. Two Senators asked the question yesterday at the hearing on global warming convened by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). First, Sen.

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