Time to Bring the EV1 Out of 'Mothballs'?

Automotive journalist John McElroy suggests GM revive the EV1 and with it, its credibility.

Published: 07-Jul-2008

Longtime automotive journalist John McElroy has a modest proposal for General Motors: Take the EV1 electric car out of mothballs and put it back on the road.

GM has its own plans for future electric cars, but McElroy makes an interesting case.

Gas cost about $1 a gallon when the EV1 debuted in 1996. The two-seat compact could go 70 miles on a battery charge, required an expensive charging station and needed to be plugged in overnight. GM leased about 1,000 EV1s to customers over three years, losing an unspecified bucket of money in the process.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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