This ridiculously rare GM EV1 was found abandoned in a parking lot
Of all the rare vehicles the GM EV1 takes the cake, there are only a handful of them left and here's why. Back in 1996 General Motors launched their first ever electric car, the GM EV1. With a range of of just over 140 miles the EV1 was truly revolutionary, and it was praised by critics and owners alike. However, a few years after the EV1 was put on sale, GM repossessed every last one of them and proceeded to crush them all.
See the thing is that GM never offered buyers to option to purchase their new EV1 outright, they could only lease the things. And once those leases were up, GM rounded them all up and crushed damn near every last one. Over 1,100 of these revolutionary cars were ever built, and you may ask yourself, why did GM crush one of their most innovative products?
Well it's actually quite simple, because the EV1 was built partly due to government pressure for cleaner vehicles. Furthermore, at the time the vast majority of GM's sales were in gasoiline. As a result after seeing the EV1's popularity they were keen to destroy it, simply because it had the potential to cannibalise other GM sales.
However, although GM tried to get rid of every single EV1 one or two have managed to slip through the cracks, while a few remain in museums, those are supposed to be some of the only remaining EV1s.
However, a few days ago Twitter user Jacob Hoyle found this abandoned EV1 in a parking garage. He has decided to keep the car's exact location undisclosed, and for good reason. Because this, may just be the rarest mass-production vehicle of all time. It would be very difficult to estimate the car's value, as a flawless EV1 traded hands for half a million dollars a few years ago.
However, while the interior seems to be in mint condition, the car does not appear to have a battery pack. This can be seen due to the abnormally high front end, which suggests that the batteries had been removed at one point in time.
That being said there are only 20 Ev1s reportedly left in existence, with a few having been "stolen" and some donated to schools. However, when GM donated the last few cars they bricked the drive units, so that none of these places could turn around and start driving their new presents. However, while Hoyle won't reveal the car's exact location for fear of GM coming to destroy it, this probably wouldn't happen. Chances are the car would be donated to a museum, because legally speaking GM does own the car, regardless of its location or condition.
However, although the EV1 was in itself a failure, it sparked a revolution. The electric car industry would be nowhere near where it is today if it weren't for the the EV1. Even today the future-looking 90s design inspires confidence in the future of driving. And with GM going 100 percent electric soon, you have to wonder where would they be now it the EV1 had lived on?