EV1 Shirt

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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 shirt belonged to Ronn Jamieson, who worked in the Electrical Systems and Propulsion area of GM’s electric vehicle program.
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General Motors Corporation
Physical Description
polyester/cotton blend (overall material)
plastic (buttons material)
overall: 84 cm x 92 cm; 33 1/16 in x 36 1/4 in
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Gift of Ronn Jamieson
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National Museum of American History