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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.


    • Mike likes trains
      Mike likes trains

      This car was so far ahead of its time. Even without lithium batteries it had 120 miles of range, and my 2012 Nissan Leaf only got about 80 miles when it was new. Imagine where EVs would be today. This is why I will never buy a GM car - even though the Bolt looks promising, GM will never erase the damage it did to the EV world by crushing these cars. RIP EV1...we lost you too soon.

      about 5 months ago
    • Big Guy
      Big Guy

      What a neat car! Such a shame to destroy something that could have been so useful. My EV doesn't even peel out like that.

      about 5 months ago
    • Darell Dickey
      Darell Dickey In reply to Big Guy

      There was a wee bit of a trick to defeat the factory traction control. Learned to do it early on, and had fun ever since. :-)

      about 4 months ago
    • Ryan C
      Ryan C

      Great vid! Thank you for putting it together.
      I drove an EV1 at a test drive event, racing against a Corvette and off the line the EV took it. What a great car.

      about 5 months ago
    • john doe
      john doe

      GM is dead to me.

      about 5 months ago
    • Ownrisk Media
      Ownrisk Media

      "The car's batteries get only about 120 miles per charge." in 1997 - LOL

      about 5 months ago
    • Darell Dickey
      Darell Dickey In reply to Ownrisk Media

      Right? It took Nissan until 2018 to create better range in the Leaf.

      about 4 months ago
    • David Colombe
      David Colombe

      Looks like it drove real nice... but wow, every detail, inside and out is super ugly. If it didn't look like a Tylenol capsule, there may have been more demand for them.

      about 5 months ago
    • Darell Dickey
      Darell Dickey In reply to David Colombe

      The last thing they wanted was more demand. They only made ~2000 of them total. This is what form totally following function looks like. In the 1990's.

      about 4 months ago
    • who create GOD?
      who create GOD?

      that sound is an amazing!

      about 5 months ago
    • fisioserv

      GM came with the excuse that they didn't create a market for this ev1.(lost lots of money) But how can you get this car off if u lease it to your customers, why not sell it. once its yours then spare parts batteries and other replacements can be sold. the gains would be far greater than a lease. I think it was planned to be scrapped. well TESLA got in the void and made a success. GM is now playing catch up.

      about 5 months ago
    • 1blisslife

      Sad that they destroyed these gems, and just for profit. Kinda glad tesla stepped up to the game.... I kinda hope tesla supported you guys into getting one of those as a result. Idk, but the 300 mile range was achieved, and kinda happy that it has. Now with their model 3... the electric car Plainfield has been evened out more. GM shot themselves in the foot because electric is the future, and tesla has proved it. Now they probably wished they would of kept them or developed better ones themselves (before tesla).

      about 5 months ago
    • Angus Chandler
      Angus Chandler

      Well... Atleast now we have tesla, and Elon Musk is unstoppable

      about 6 months ago
    • Ben Hatto
      Ben Hatto

      This thing has to be illegal now. They can’t have a car that quiet.

      about 6 months ago
    • Darell Dickey
      Darell Dickey In reply to Ben Hatto

      Too funny. Just about all modern cars are more quiet than the EV1 was. Gas or electric.

      about 4 months ago
    • Ramazan Alic
      Ramazan Alic

      I feel sad :( RIP EV1

      about 6 months ago
    • Acres ninety
      Acres ninety

      Those fender skirts though

      about 6 months ago
    • travis ruble
      travis ruble

      Just kind of funny that GM went bankrupt a few years later. Maybe it was costing GM too much money that they did have that's why It got crushed. Who were you supposed to lease it from Saturn that was going to be no longer existing . Then Ralph Nader you had to have him back in it. GM hates him they remember what he did to the Chevy Corvair and they got back!

      about 6 months ago
    • Reft_

      Did it run through a transmission at all? Or was it direct drive, like a Tesla is these days?

      about 6 months ago
    • Darell Dickey
      Darell Dickey In reply to Reft_

      It was a fixed gear. Still technically a "transmission" since there was a gear ratio. But it could not be changed. Reverse (as in all production EVs) simply spins the motor backwards, so again, no change of gear.

      about 4 months ago
    • tractorface123

      Someone tell this guy about the scrappage scheme in the UK.
      He basically predicted the future.
      "Perfectly functional cars being taken off the road"

      about 6 months ago
    • Ryan Good
      Ryan Good

      What’s the name of the songs in the video?

      about 6 months ago
    • Darell Dickey
      Darell Dickey In reply to Ryan Good

      They're mostly from Cirque Du Soliel

      about 4 months ago
    • Super -sim
      Super -sim

      I would guess this is a fixed demand by the car industry to kill off electric cars. No reason why it could not be sold for display purpose.

      about 6 months ago
    • FireSwordl

      Very sad :( a great car ahead of its time :(

      about 6 months ago
    • gsilva220

      Electric motors are too efficient of an alternative to be ignored, whatever the application. Electric primary traction (ignoring the source of electricity) was already better than internal combustion at the end of the 19th century, and is even better now. However, battery problems suppressed the electric car during the 20's, 70's and 90's; and will do so again in the near future. As soon as all lithium supply controllers get together and create an artificial shortage (like OPEC does all the time), battery prices will rise again, holding electric car prices at the same ballpark they are now (about 70-80% more than an equivalent combustion powered model). Electric traction, though, is here to stay, and with stricter fuel economy/emissions regulations every year, the days of combustion engines as we know them are close to an end. Batteries, unfortunately, are not the future, but neither is hydrogen. A solution will come, though, that will maintain the status quo, and it's also going to be soon.

      about 6 months ago
    • Aaron Powell
      Aaron Powell

      I like the sound. I wonder what makes it louder than a tesla. Is it a brushed motor?

      about 7 months ago
    • Darell Dickey
      Darell Dickey In reply to Aaron Powell

      The inverter was actually tuned on purpose to make that sound. The motor was not brushed, and you're hearing the control unit, not the motor as most folks assume.

      about 4 months ago
    • 05 XRS LIFT4EVER
      05 XRS LIFT4EVER

      Smart gm company, lease was the reason why they take back all the ev1s with not problem..

      about 7 months ago
    • qman

      Leaves hand on shifter. Car doesn't have a transmission

      about 7 months ago
    • Darell Dickey
      Darell Dickey In reply to qman

      Yeah, yeah. I was asked about that plenty when I first posted the video. Doesn't matter that the car doesn't have a transmission though. It still needs to be "shifted" to go forward or backward. But the reason I had the habit of leaving my hand there is because there's a button on the shifter that controls the level of regen. I used that button regularly on normal drives. But making this video wasn't a "normal drive." My hand is there just out of habit. Comfortable to be there too.

      about 4 months ago
    • zapfanzapfan

      Trashing the tires a bit before returning it... well, they crushed it anyway so you might as well have some fun with it. It has a very SciFi sound, love it!

      Just re-watched Who Killed the Electric Car, was this very car in it?

      about 7 months ago
    • chuckdzx

      Shoulda stole it from yourself

      about 8 months ago
    • Darell Dickey
      Darell Dickey In reply to chuckdzx

      Yeah, except I didn't want to go to jail.

      about 4 months ago
    • Mr Chongs Backyard
      Mr Chongs Backyard

      90s equivalent to the tesla

      about 8 months ago
    • Darell Dickey
      Darell Dickey In reply to Mr Chongs Backyard


      about 4 months ago
    • C M
      C M

      I wonder how much cleaner of a world we would have had if GM would have stuck to its commitment on this car

      about 9 months ago
    • Filips May
      Filips May

      GM should bring these back!

      about 9 months ago
    • Hey Nicky!
      Hey Nicky!

      This car looks like a spaceship

      about 9 months ago
    • mapp47

      to crush these things has to be one of the dumbest thing GM ever did! it was so unnecessary!

      about 9 months ago