EV1 Cap

The EV1 was the first modern electric car designed for a mass market. In 1990, the California Air Resources Board required automakers to offer emission-free vehicles by 1998. Of the various makes and models of electric vehicles placed on the road in California, only the EV1 was designed from scratch. Its aerodynamic shape and advanced power management systems, developed by AeroVironment Inc., GM Electric Vehicles, Hughes Electronics, and other GM subsidiaries, made the new car practical, energy efficient, and appealing to consumers. Beginning in 1996, General Motors built 1,117 EV1 cars and leased most of them to consumers in California, Arizona, and Georgia. This cap, which was owned by Steven Tarnowsky, a member of the EV1 engineering and propulsion team, reflects employee enthusiasm within GM’s electric vehicle program.
Currently not on view
General Motors Corporation
Physical Description
fabric, woven (overall material)
overall: 21 cm x 28 cm; 8 1/4 in x 11 in
embroidery: 2 cm x 7 cm; 13/16 in x 2 3/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Steven and Carol Ann Tarnowsky
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History


Add a comment about this object