A Historic Electric Car

General Motors EV1, Fully Charged Live 2020 - Austin, Texas

General Motors EV1, Fully Charged Live 2020 – Austin, Texas

I was pleasantly surprised to see an EV1 at the Fully Charged Live show in Austin, back in February. This is now a rare car. A pioneer. The first mass-produced and purpose-designed electric vehicle. Ironically, General Motors created it — well ahead of its time.

If you ever saw the documentary, Who Killed the Electric Car?, this is the car they were talking about. About 1,100 cars were made. Apparently, most were later destroyed. A small number were donated to schools and museums.

Back in 1997, on a trip to Los Angeles, I saw one out in the wild, parked in a garage. I even took a snapshot of it with my film camera.

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3 thoughts on “A Historic Electric Car

  1. Historic failure, maybe. Take a look back at the electric vehicles produced from the late 1800s to about 1920. Baker electrics were quite a success. Most were low speed cars meant for around town use, but Baker did produce a car capable of 200 miles on one charge. And a specialty race car which crashed in attempting to top 60 miles per hour, a serious speed challenge at the time. I’ll have to see the film.

    1. I’ve heard of the Baker but never saw one before. I heard, at the turn of the 20th century, electric cars where in strong competition with gasoline cars.

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