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My 1997 EV1. Footage taken in November, 2003 just a week before the car was returned, under duress, to my local Saturn dealer. Soon after, the car was crushed. As you can clearly see, the car deserved a good crushing - for my own good.

To answer everybody's question:
1. The leases could not be extended, the car could not be purchased at the end of lease.
2. I now drive a Tesla Model 3.


    • Adela Kunikida
      Adela Kunikida

      120 miles per charge = about 192km, and it is close to 2017 Nissan Leaf. If GM kept up improving EV1 instead, we could've enjoyed better electric cars than now in less expensive price than nowadays.

      about 6 days ago
    • Dylan Robinson
      Dylan Robinson

      Car must have been a blast to drive. Seeing a car like that burn a little rubber has to make one smile, especially when there's no gasoline engine noise..

      I wonder what would have happened if someone ran off to Canada or Mexico with this instead of giving it back??? How much of the mob would come looking? lol

      about 10 days ago
    • neubro 144
      neubro 144

      By the time when the second generation Prius launched having less advanced technology than the EV1.

      about 17 days ago
    • SonnyGTA

      Great video!!! I wonder what the ramifications would have been if you (or any owner) would have said, someone stole it. Sorry. Would they charge you? I wonder.....

      about 20 days ago
    • haqitman

      Solar powered Model 3, you're my new hero Darrell! Did this one have the lead acid batteries? I think some of the cars got NiCad or NiMH batteries at some point?

      about 22 days ago
    • Nathan Cole
      Nathan Cole

      Why did it have to get crushed

      about 1 month ago
    • TooTallPaul
      TooTallPaul In reply to Nathan Cole

      Big oil refused to let any survive. People wanted to buy them outright and there was just no option.

      about 7 days ago
    • SonnyGTA
      SonnyGTA In reply to Nathan Cole

      Nathan Cole watch...Who Killed The Electric Car.

      about 20 days ago
    • David Filskov
      David Filskov In reply to Nathan Cole

      Oil companies still had money to make, I guess. EV1 got in the way.

      about 28 days ago
    • Phianhcr123
      Phianhcr123 In reply to Nathan Cole

      Nathan Cole they talk a little about it here

      about 29 days ago
    • greg con
      greg con

      This is proof it’s not that we didn’t have the technology but greed is what killed these amazing cars. Fuck these oil tycoons!

      about 1 month ago
    • Darell Dickey
      Darell Dickey In reply to greg con

      100% not this. There is no law that has a minimum support time for cars that are out of warranty. I'll leave this comment up. But please stop posting the same inflammatory and incorrect information multiple times.

      about 27 days ago
    • Brewergamer
      Brewergamer In reply to greg con

      Democrat California regulations prevented GM from going any further with it: "In addition, the cost of maintaining a parts supply and service infrastructure for the 15-year minimum required by the state of California meant that existing leases would not be renewed, and all the cars would have to be returned to GM's possession."


      about 28 days ago
    • Livingchutoy
      Livingchutoy In reply to greg con

      Incorrect. They did not have the Technology to sustain the project back then. The EV1 required far too much maintenance to be considered practical. The cost of the vehicles maintenance was far too high for the average person to afford and thus the reason why these vehicles were leased and not sold outright. The project failed to produce adequate results and was terminated. Greed was not a motivating factor here. I was in California at the time these were produced. I saw them 1st hand and even test drove one, The cost of the Lead Acid batteries, alone, would have caused a lot of strife and left vehicles sitting in driveways as owners would have to take out loans just to deal with the issue of replacing them. The level of Technology was simply not where it needed to be in those days.

      about 29 days ago
    • Andrew Hanson
      Andrew Hanson

      You can thank Elon Musk for forcing EVs back into popularity. Those oil companies are ruthless thugs and they're to blame why we haven't had EVs sooner. It's all about the money. Greed kills people and the planet.

      about 1 month ago
    • mynameischefTV

      GM are some retards actually. They could have easily been the leaders in EV tech if they stuck at it. It’s like creating the iPhone then discontinuing it a year later, just to have android come and steal the show.

      about 1 month ago
    • Javier Hernandez
      Javier Hernandez

      It was depressing that perfectly good vehicles had to be crushed.

      about 1 month ago
    • TechnoGuy4Life

      wow 10 years ago GM didnt want nothing to do with EV's. Now on there home page, they talk alot about there future tech on EV's.

      about 1 month ago
    • Tore Lund
      Tore Lund In reply to TechnoGuy4Life

      I presume they've kept the old pressing tools so they could start production again, this time with Li-ion batteries?

      about 18 days ago
    • Jacob Deutscher
      Jacob Deutscher

      8:20 looks like the current mustangs rear tail light area

      about 1 month ago
    • Toddy Beer
      Toddy Beer In reply to Jacob Deutscher

      No wonder😄

      about 29 days ago
    • Calculator
      Calculator In reply to Jacob Deutscher

      Now that's trippy

      about 1 month ago
    • Keith Stengel
      Keith Stengel

      i would of stored it in a shed or storage container and claim that it was stolen.

      about 1 month ago
    • ChillyFilly Gaming
      ChillyFilly Gaming In reply to Keith Stengel

      True dat

      about 1 month ago
    • Raul Huertas
      Raul Huertas

      A true case of suppressed technology no wonder GM is called Gods mistake.

      about 1 month ago
    • Puro Eastside Vato
      Puro Eastside Vato

      All the cool vehicles gm would have produced by now from sedans to suburbans.. damn shame.

      We were all cheated by big Oil!!

      about 1 month ago
    • Gunzee

      You're lucky to have driven the car for 6 years?
      It's so sad the oil companies can push companies this way.
      The car companies can survive but i hope the oil companies days are numbered. What they did in Africa was a insane disgrace.
      I would have had it 'stolen' and hidden or stored. Can you imagine how great the ev's could have been if they kept at it?
      PS, you have an absolutely angelic little cherub there.
      PPS, 120 miles is actually really good especially back then. For inner city driving 120 should last 4-5 days or just enough for a weeks worth of employment commuting.
      Is beyond sad how short sighted companies can be. Hell samething occurred in the mid /early 1900's. The US had many ev's, trams and cars.

      about 1 month ago
    • Michael Montero
      Michael Montero In reply to Gunzee

      sorry if i disliked your comment i accidently tapped it oops

      about 1 month ago
    • James marshall
      James marshall

      that was then this is now the ev1 was abit early about 20 years early like virtual reality we have tesla now

      about 1 month ago
      BRIGGSandSTRATTONguy In reply to James marshall

      Nope you're wrong, they killed the program because It would've destroyed the oil companies if it grew large enough. Tesla is a joke because you need to make a six figure salary to get a hold of one. This car was relatively affordable to lease. We are very far from an all electric fleet.

      about 1 month ago
    • Nukethacola

      this is how electric cars should sound

      about 1 month ago
    • Luckygirl3157 From the Islands
      Luckygirl3157 From the Islands

      It looked good in red and I love the noise it made.

      about 1 month ago
    • dahippness

      How does an auto maker sue an entire state? That just shows you who is really in charge and making decisions.

      about 1 month ago
    • Drivista 1
      Drivista 1

      Whyyyyyyyy crushing it??? I mean its ugliesness couldn't be it or??? I wouldn't have done that GM.....

      about 1 month ago
    • Hliðskjálf
      Hliðskjálf In reply to Drivista 1

      Oil companies did not want this car on the road as for most ev back then

      about 27 days ago
    • Maxy Shepherd
      Maxy Shepherd

      That's sad. They should have let everyone keep them.

      about 1 month ago
    • James marshall
      James marshall In reply to Maxy Shepherd

      that was then this is now the ev1 was abit early about 20 years early like virtual reality

      about 1 month ago
    • dragon tragedy
      dragon tragedy

      Wonder what the Doug score would be on this?

      about 1 month ago
    • Mr Corndog
      Mr Corndog

      what a waste

      about 1 month ago
    • P E M E X
      P E M E X In reply to Mr Corndog

      Because the model of the car or the fact he bought it?

      about 1 month ago
    • Delta Romeo
      Delta Romeo

      GM could have been the leaders in EVs if they'd just persisted

      about 1 month ago
    • Tommy Etheredge
      Tommy Etheredge

      Lots of creaky 90s GM plastic, that's for sure. I know because I have the same in my '02 F-Body

      about 1 month ago
    • snappy452

      Stuff like this is why you went bankrupt, GM. You had it and you dropped it because it couldnt be married with the brand and so you didnt know how/care to advertise it. What a disgrace. America had the world beat and we trashed it instead.

      about 1 month ago
    • AJMitchell777

      What was the range on this bad boy I wonder? Probs under 100 Miles

      about 1 month ago
    • MilesDeep
      MilesDeep In reply to AJMitchell777

      It said 120 miles per charge in the video

      about 1 month ago
    • Delta Romeo
      Delta Romeo In reply to AJMitchell777

      Like the i3

      about 1 month ago
    • snappy452
      snappy452 In reply to AJMitchell777

      It was said in the video, had you watched it. Youre wrong.

      about 1 month ago
    • Billy MacLeod
      Billy MacLeod In reply to AJMitchell777

      The range is 70-100miles. (112KM-160KM)

      about 1 month ago
    • SmellyMellys GamePlay
      SmellyMellys GamePlay

      Why did these cars HAVE to be crushed ?

      about 1 month ago
    • Arch3t3ct

      Spinning my tires even in the slightest like that in my neighborhood would cause all the old folks to come out for blood. Luckily you had a gem that was so quiet, such an interesting car that makes me wonder what they would be like today if GM never scrapped them

      about 1 month ago
    • Andrew Rattle
      Andrew Rattle In reply to Arch3t3ct

      i know what you mean lol.

      about 1 month ago
    • Marco R.
      Marco R. In reply to Arch3t3ct

      ikr, I tried to fly a rc helicopter on my street once and like half the neighborhood came outside...

      about 1 month ago