Ultra-rare GM EV1 discovered in the depths of a university

The GM EV1 is one of the rarest cars ever made, and although very few remain, this one seems to have survived museum-quality

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Would you believe it if I told you that back in the mid-1990s, it was GM and not Tesla leading the charge towards EVs? In fact, almost three decades ago, General Motors could lease you a brand-new EV with over 140 miles of range.

Over its three-year production run, the EV1 garnered a cult-like following, with big names such as Tom Hanks spearheading the movement. Now, however, GM's electric experiment holds a near mythological-status. Not long after production ended, GM began rounding up and crushing every last EV1 on the road. Over the years, this has been leveled at GM as an attempt to protect gasoline-powered cars. And nowadays, the EV1 amongst the rarest cars ever made.

But despite GM's relentless efforts to compact every last EV1, a few were set aside for museums and universities. Of the nearly 1,100 EV1s built, you could likely count up the remaining ones with your fingers. There have been a few stragglers discovered out in the wild, but all seem to be in various states of disrepair. And even the cars donated to schools and museums were all stripped of crucial components, ensuring the car's fate as nothing more than a paperweight.

Still, every now and then, we hear rumblings of yet another EV1 discovery somewhere in the depths of a secret building. And this time, we seem to have found a rather special one.

This pristine pale-blue EV1 looks good as new and is apparently owned by a U.S. university. The reason for this car's remarkable condition is all down to its caretaker, someone who reportedly "cherishes the car deeply."

The car's pristine condition is likely down to its location. This thing is obviously buried deep in some sub-basement. And the lack of any sunlight has no doubt helped its condition.

Amazingly, this EV1 seems to be entirely complete, with the 137-horsepower motor and its lead-acid battery pack seemingly still in place. And while two decades of sitting still certainly haven't helped the little blue EV, cosmetically at least, it looks as though the car is ready to start right up.

And although all EV1s sent to colleges and universities were reportedly stripped of critical components such as the electric motor controller, brakes, and power steering. There have been stories of some schools bringing their EV1s back to life.


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Comments (36)

  • So when will an LS swap be attempted? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      1 month ago
    • That would certainly make it better

        1 month ago
    • I hope nobody would be daft enough to attempt it and ruin a piece of failed American automotive history that deserves to be preserved for posterity to remind the future generations of skeptics. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

        1 month ago
  • Francis Ford Coppola has an ev1 in a garage on his vineyard in California

      1 month ago
  • There was a documentary made about these cars on Amazon I believe it’s actually pretty interesting to see what happened to these cars and the literal protests and attempted theft of the cars.

      1 month ago
    • Yup, “who killed the electric car.” Its an interesting watch

        1 month ago
    • Yep, watching that is like watching a lawyer arrange the facts of a case to get a murderer off. It never mentions tha the California air quality board insisted on zero emissions when Gmail proposed to make it a hybrid instead of fully...

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        1 month ago
  • I know this sounds unbelievable, but I think I saw one of those EV1s in Taos, New Mexico. Does anyone know of any cars that look similar to this? Because the chance of that car actually being an EV1 are tiny.

      1 month ago
    • It looks a little bit like a 3rd generation Ford Taurus, but there is definitely differences between the two cars

        1 month ago
  • Wherever that location is, I bet the engineering department would love to delve into that EV1!

      1 month ago