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Rare GM EV1 found abandoned at a parking lot.

The GM EV1 is one of the first attempts at mass production of a BEV vehicle.

1y ago

"Alvaro martínez" is a freelance writer who writes articles in his spare time and works making automotive reviews and many many more things


"due to costs and relative cheapness..."

As we all know the GM EV1 is a model whose memory will remain in the memory of the automotive industry mainly for two reasons: to be the first electric car of the modern era designed as such and mass produced back in the 90s, and its controversial end in 2003, when General Motors opted for a controversial recall process of all units put into circulation for subsequent destruction due to costs and relative cheapness Including some political meddling and interests involved.

Although out of 1.117 GM EV1 produced only 60 remain (20 in the US and 40 around the world) However the EV1 found by @jacobonscience is one of the last survivors of the EV holocaust. The EV1 was produced between 1996 and 1999 and now that Jacob Hoyle, a Twitter user, has found one of these rare cars abandoned on a parking lot all covered in dust with obvious signs of age and decay.

The images of the abandoned GM EV1 shown on the Tweet allow you to appreciate the thick layer of dust & dirt that covers the bodywork of the car, the boot hole of the trunk where a license plate was supposed to be including the poor conditions of the tires, So far everything shows that it has been parked for quite a while without an owner which was likely hiding it for it to avoid getting crushed, the location however remains undisclosed.

The GM EV1 is a car with a lot of history on it´s back and without a doubt, one of the models called to take a place in the garage of any classic collector, this particular unit seems to be owned by an university, cars like these can easily cost over hundreds of thousands of dollars, with the maximum price put on auction rumoured to be over the 500$ mark.

In any case, this is not the first GM EV1 that appears suddenly and without an owner. In China, for example, something similar happened in 2014 when two of these cars were found in storage facilities in the national demonstration and experimentation area of ​​the electric vehicle near the city of Shantow in the province of Guandog.

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    Adam Smith

      1 year ago
  • The machines that are first invented to perform any particular movement are always the most complex, and succeeding artists generally discover that, with fewer wheels, with fewer principles of motion, than had originally been employed, the same effects may be more easily produced. The first systems, in the same manner, are always the most complex.

    Adam Smith

      1 year ago
  • Another example of a mainstream carmaker that could have been a leader in EV tech.

    Can’t help but see some parallels with Nokia, who developed a lot of the technologies that eventually made smartphones like the iPhone possible but failed to capitalise on them. Such as touch screens in the early 2000s, which it decided that nobody would want.

    It took someone else, Apple in the case of smartphones and Tesla in the case of EVs, to put them together into an attractive package for people to actually want in large numbers.

      1 year ago