1997 General Motors EV1 Electric Coupe

Summary

This was the most serious attempt to build an all-purpose electric car since the 1920s. General Motors built 1117 cars between 1996 and 1999, leasing them to a loyal group that willingly adjusted to battery power's limitations. But GM concluded there were too few electric enthusiasts to support large-scale production and recalled all the cars by the end of 2003. EV1 users objected loudly, but to no avail.

This was the most serious attempt to build an all-purpose electric car since the 1920s. General Motors built 1117 cars between 1996 and 1999, leasing them to a loyal group that willingly adjusted to battery power's limitations. But GM concluded there were too few electric enthusiasts to support large-scale production and recalled all the cars by the end of 2003. EV1 users objected loudly, but to no avail.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1997

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

2002.76.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of General Motors Corporation.

Material

Aluminum (Metal)
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)
Cloth

Color

Red

Dimensions

Height: 50.5 in

Width: 69.5 in

Length: 169.7 in

Wheelbase: 98 in

Inscriptions

Rear bumper, left: GM Rear bumper, right: EV1 / ELECTRIC In chrome, proper right and left front quarter panels: EV1 Center front: GM Front of 1st gen. charger: EDISON EV / AN EDISON INTERNATIONAL COMPANY / ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGER / MAGNE CHARGE Lower left corner of 2nd gen. charger: MAGNE CHARGE

Specifications

Make & Model: 1997 General Motors EV1 electric coupe

Maker: General Motors Corporation, Detroit, Michigan

Motor: 3-phase inductive AC

Batteries: 26 lead-acid, 312 volts

Height: 50.5 inches

Wheelbase: 99 inches

Width: 69.5 inches

Overall length: 169.5 inches

Weight: 2790 pounds

Horsepower: 137 at 7000 revolutions per minute

Pounds per horsepower: 20.3

Lease price: $399 - $549 per month

Average 1997 wage: $24,578

Percentage of annual income to lease this car: 20 to 27 percent

Connect 3

Discover curious connections between artifacts.

Learn More