EV1 Electric Car, 1997


In 1996, General Motors began leasing a new generation of electric cars to consumers. This car was leased to an individual in California from 1998 to 2000. It is the last one produced in the first series, which had lead-acid batteries; the second series had nickel-metal hydride batteries with greater range. GM developed the EV1 to meet a requirement for emission-free vehicles in California. It was aerodynamic and had a sophisticated, computer-controlled energy management and propulsion system. Many drivers liked the EV1, but GM chose not to mass-produce the car because of its projected high price and limited market.

Date Made: 1997

Maker: General Motors Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Michigan

See more items in: Work and Industry: Transportation, Road, Automobiles, America on the Move, Transportation, Road Transportation


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0061.01Accession Number: 2005.0061Catalog Number: 2005.0061.01

Object Name: GM EV1 electric carElectric carelectric car

Physical Description: aluminum (part material)plastic (part material)glass (part material)fabrics (part material)rubber (part material)Measurements: overall: 14 3/16 ft x 5 13/16 ft x 4 1/4 ft; 4.3181 m x 1.7779 m x 1.2954 m

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Record Id: nmah_1293145

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