1996 GM EV1

The Vault presented by Hagerty®

The General Motors EV1 is regarded by historians as the first modern electric car. It was an experiment by General Motors in electric propulsion. It was also an experiment in leasing vehicles to customers instead of selling them outright. The reason General Motors leased them was because they ultimately ended up taking every EV1 back, crushing the very large majority of them, with a tiny handful of them saved for museums for a variety of reasons. They did not want to have to carry spare parts for the car which is a legal requirement for vehicles that are sold to the general public. They also did not want to have to service the car. And it was because of its limited performance being electric, it was determined that it would be very unsuitable for public consumption over time. More recently, improved batteries have been able to help offset some of that limited capability.

Collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum