Quentin Willson goes to California to drive the all electric EV1 from General Motors. Top Gear, 1997
Copyright: BBC Worldwide

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    • Jackson Bangs
      Jackson Bangs

      This guy needs to come to the future and drive a Tesla Modle 3 electric car. Weird watching vodeos from not that distant of a past.

      about 9 days ago
    • LispyJared
      LispyJared

      3:00 oh hey I drive past that place everyday in gta.

      about 1 month ago
    • x o
      x o

      1997: the days of the petrol engine are numbered

      2019: the days of the petrol engine are numbered

      2041: ?

      about 1 month ago
    • Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin
      Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin In reply to x o

      It won't be numbered. Car manufacturers are now making much more energy efficient engines than before.

      about 1 month ago
    • Steve Birks
      Steve Birks

      Loved the optimism back then - Everone looking forwards to the future-Then why is GM recalling them to be crushed ? - Then theres the Musk guy buliding Tesla e cars -This guy puts Eddison Above Tesla because he says eddison did more than Tesla for public -I think Musk should read his history books ?

      about 2 months ago
    • Steve Birks
      Steve Birks

      Why is gm crushing these cars ?

      about 2 months ago
    • Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin
      Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin In reply to Steve Birks

      Probably because other companies might steal their ideas?

      Somehow, it reminds me of the Chrysler Turbine Car from 1955.

      about 1 month ago
    • Andrew MacGibbon
      Andrew MacGibbon

      4:19 random porsche!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! btw now its 2018 and there is the porsche taycan!!!!!!!!!!!!

      about 3 months ago
    • Mario D. Zmaj
      Mario D. Zmaj

      Koreans will win it all in the end. They make reasonably priced electric cars and batteries for all other brands. Smart Koreans, they already make smart phones and TVs for the whole world.

      about 3 months ago
    • Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin
      Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin In reply to Mario D. Zmaj

      Koreans (and Japanese) had even made hydrogen fuel cell electric cars as well. GM may had done it much earlier with the HyWire, but it's just a technical exercise.

      about 2 months ago
    • who create GOD?
      who create GOD?

      remember that Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson fucker try kill electric car..old piece of shit who laughing now,at that time that fake review big thing to tesla,fucking asshole 💩 🖕

      about 5 months ago
    • Rob James
      Rob James

      What GM Does not tell you is the half a billion includes the team of professionals and fleet of lawyers they hired to try and kill it. The Team of Juniors they hired to create the car had a budget so small they designed the motor controller in a home garage, the battery technology was not even researched and the motor was just a customized industrial 3 Ph. In short GM did not create the EV1, GM simply failed to kill it before a team of enthusiastic juniors made it a reality, GM had no intention of ever selling it, it wasn't supposed to exist.

      about 6 months ago
    • Omar T
      Omar T In reply to Rob James

      +nickys34 who the fuck brought up apple into this topic? and GM? i was talking about tesla, and only tesla, quit changing the topic just to have somthing to brag about to make yourself look smart, fuck off.
      im not even a GM supporter, im into Subaru's and Peugeot's.
      unfortunately these giants are the ones killing our planet, i don't care much for it to be honest, but these big automakers and big oil companies keep buying ground breaking innovations that will change everything, i just appreciate Tesla for trying to sell directly to consumers, very brave of them, 6 states still don't allow it because big companies have payed the politicians well.

      about 3 months ago
    • nickys34
      nickys34 In reply to Rob James

      +Rexluna1 It runs on coal you retard. The Elites just scamming you for more profits but you people are too stupid. And Apple runs old ARM chips, they are not better on processing or software. Just looks prettier. And electrics are not more. They are glorified beard shavers that weigh too much and weight is the enemy of fun. Sportscars are all light.

      about 3 months ago
    • Rexluna1
      Rexluna1 In reply to Rob James

      nickys34 Some people care more about not hurting the earth than simple economics. Deciding everything based on price is selfish and devoid of any morals. Tesla model 3 isn’t far behind Honda Civic in sales. The model 3 is cheaper to operate with less maintenance and fewer fuel costs. If everyone decided everything based off of practicality, almost no one would have an iPhone, as it is inferior to comparable android phones in pretty much everything except for processing speed and software but costs more. This is like how Tesla model 3 offers a more fun driving experience (software in a phone) for many than the Honda Civic.

      about 3 months ago
    • nickys34
      nickys34 In reply to Rob James

      +Omar T GM didn't even dominate the market when they made the EV-1. They were making shtty cars and losing market share and had massive losses. In the 70s and 60s they were the kings of the auto and could dictate what was to be and not to be you deluded Tesla cultists.

      about 3 months ago
    • nickys34
      nickys34 In reply to Rob James

      +Omar T GM sells the Bolt, the best "economy" electric you retard. There is no conspiracy you crazy Gayrab. Plus GM isn't the King of Auto anymore. VW and Toyota sell more cars you mrn. And they only sold like 100K electrics last year. 100K out of 17 million, everybody wants one. lol! Sure. Porsche sells more cars and they sell high end sports cars. Nobody wants one. You can get a Honda civic for a third of the price of a Tesla 3 and it does a lot more. Like using for vacation and family visits. Only the retards want electrics. Pay three the times price for something that does less, who would want that?

      about 3 months ago
    • AlainHubert
      AlainHubert

      The oil industry did not allow this to happen back then. But today the electric car might actually have a chance...

      about 9 months ago
    • InternetDude
      InternetDude In reply to AlainHubert

      AlainHubert um have you heard of Tesla?

      about 5 months ago
    • bigjd2k
      bigjd2k

      What would this be like with a lithium battery? Absolutely stonking!

      about 9 months ago
    • wclifton968
      wclifton968 In reply to bigjd2k

      it would be a car that can go very far that's what it would be like with lithium battery cells assuming the use of 18650 LI-Ion cells

      about 9 months ago
    • Yowzoe
      Yowzoe

      What a dour dipshit.

      about 10 months ago
    • Justin Johnson
      Justin Johnson

      1:54 for everyone out there, that vehicle is powerful enough to be in any fast lane on this planet so, you know.

      about 10 months ago
    • John Romaine
      John Romaine

      Looks like the designers of the less than successful Australian AU Falcon drew inspiration from the rear end on this thing

      about 11 months ago
    • Alberto Paz Sámano
      Alberto Paz Sámano

      RIP ev1 😭😭😭😭😭

      about 1 year ago
    • Sanyey
      Sanyey

      Im trying to imagine how my current B car was already a 5yr old car, and my hobbycar was 6 at the time of this report XDD and they are still both running, and in pristine condition :D (2.0 8v Kadett GSi cabrio 1991, and a daily runner 1992 1.4 8v Astra F hachback)

      about 1 year ago
    • Cleo Vidrine
      Cleo Vidrine

      These are.coming back when digital cash is implemented. Its gonna be awhile whan 5hey get the greenbacks. Retired that buys oil there still gonna use the greenbacks privately

      about 1 year ago
    • Vasileios Petropoulos
      Vasileios Petropoulos

      Fucking GM Great Masons but the revolution begun 12 years later

      about 1 year ago
    • Mark Plott
      Mark Plott In reply to Vasileios Petropoulos

      Wrong the Revolution began in 1912 with GM first electric car.

      about 1 year ago
    • Hashna Fennec
      Hashna Fennec

      I feel like i just watched a Tesla review from 15 years ago... good thing Tesla achieved a better range and didn't meet the same end as the EV1.

      about 1 year ago
    • Yunus Emre Mert
      Yunus Emre Mert

      Fuck oil industrie. Thanks Tesla

      about 1 year ago
    • Frank Blackcrow
      Frank Blackcrow

      And now Tesla getting all the cash from making a car for the elite snobs who have more cash than sense, it was a idiot thing to do, crushing them,, all they had to do was moth ball them till the competition arrived and kill the competition and then moth ball them again if they wanted to,, silly to crush them when they could have been crushing the competition.
      Wasn't it the same company that then needed a bail out,, can we wonder why,, simple math, simple showed how stupid the CEO of GM was, I hope he got the sake,, possibly was promoted,, that's how some companied work when you create a tax black hole.

      about 1 year ago
    • Jeff Wallace
      Jeff Wallace In reply to Frank Blackcrow

      There are plenty of affordable Ev's. I got a use volt for $10k, and a smart fortwo elect for $5500.

      about 1 year ago
    • alexandercmann
      alexandercmann

      http://www.motortrend.com/news/gm-introduce-least-20-new-evs-2023/

      about 1 year ago
    • Kevin Chamberlain
      Kevin Chamberlain

      Electric cars pollute just as much as IC ones but the pollution comes from the powerstation providing the charge. The real clean, free energy car is the hydrogen engined one but we will never see it because government won't be able to make money off us.

      about 1 year ago
    • A Fox
      A Fox In reply to Kevin Chamberlain

      this is one of the most stupid arguments that I have ever heard.

      To produce Gasoline, you need a Offshore rig that takes enourmouse amounts of energy to build, then you need to retrieve the oil via tanker, then you have to refine the Oil wich takes a huge amount lf energy, then you need to transport that gas via pipelines to distribution centers and then the gas will be deliverd by tanker truck to the gas station.


      This is the biggest waste of energy ever. You burn gas to get gas.


      On the otherhand, EV vehicles take electricity from a mix of Solar, Nuclear, hydro and coal energy.

      Are you sure electricity is just as bad for the enviorment?

      about 5 days ago
    • D McNamara
      D McNamara In reply to Kevin Chamberlain

      It takes enormous energy (mostly derived from fossil fuels) to produce Hydrogen...not too mention the enormous cost to maintain the equipment that dispenses Hydrogen into a vehicle. The energy content derived from hydrogen (fuel cell vehicle) is nowhere that of the efficiency of a Diesel Hybrid Electric or Gasoline Hybrid Electric. With Peugeot returning to the North American Market over a period of 10 years....we might get a taste of what European drivers can buy.....A front wheel drive high-pressure Turbo-Diesel Hybrid Midsize Crossover....with the rear wheels providing "Electric mode" with a a range of about 40 miles currently...with a small battery-pack...................hence a AWD Hybrid vehicle with zero range liabilities. Toyota's Daihatsu....uses a very similar setup....rear wheels are for the "electric mode".

      about 1 year ago
    • Haider Alshimary
      Haider Alshimary In reply to Kevin Chamberlain

      s bari actually we do have but there is almost no infrastructure for it. And we have them here(2 mirais) but the problem it was not allowed to buy one until this year. and we only have 3 cell stations. while we have near 32.000 e-charging station.

      about 1 year ago
    • s bari
      s bari In reply to Kevin Chamberlain

      No one heard of the Toyota mirai

      about 1 year ago
    • Haider Alshimary
      Haider Alshimary In reply to Kevin Chamberlain

      Philip Elloway I hear you brother. one thing i love the most is that a lot of taxi's are Tesla's in our large cities. so you get to be driven in a model s with chauffeur for very cheap hehehe.
      it is a bit shame that we dont have the solar panels subsidised much anymore. it takes 10 year to start to become profitable.
      by the way i have an i3 my dad has a leaf and my brother a prius. so we are pretty eco friendly.

      about 1 year ago
    • FJRGD
      FJRGD

      Petroleum is a main backbone of the world economy & powers 99% of earth driven internal combustion vehicles. Take that away from the world & let's assume that it would not go over well with the elite petroleum, auto manufacturing, auto insurance, countries & companies. If were not a problem electric cars would have been in existence decades ago & from when they were introduced in the 1880's. Electric cars use 2/3 the parts an internal combustion unit requires. That being said, very good chance electric cars will only dabble in the markets yet predictably never overtake the internal combustion engine. Understanding that taxpayers are paying a large share for each & every one of these vehicles to be produced. If not Tesla probably would have been an ink spot in the history books years ago. The elite electric power companies cherish the time where they could eventually monopolize electric pricing to include cars too. Out west here the electric kings would probably kill their own mothers for that. If electric was to take over, that ideally could/should/would eventually include cars, ships, trains, airplanes, trucks & spacecraft. Batteries still remain a huge issue. Understand an estimated 50% of the Tesla S cost is battery related. When it dies so does the car value. You can see Tesla Model S units for sale online in the $30,000 range used when bought new for over $100,000. ROI is clearly DOA. NIssan Leaf's can be found used in the $5,000 range. Staring MSRP new is $30,000. Another dismal investment. Well, let's just see what happens.

      about 1 year ago
    • Jonathan Jackson
      Jonathan Jackson

      The gangs of la will not be cutting you into any pieces

      about 1 year ago
    • It's Ders Mane
      It's Ders Mane In reply to Jonathan Jackson

      Jonathan Jackson Correct, they will be filling you with lead and holes

      about 1 year ago
    • Alex Saab
      Alex Saab

      Oh yeah that ev1 really beat on that N/A S70 lol

      about 1 year ago
    • Snow Bunneh
      Snow Bunneh

      RCR brought me here
      :3

      about 1 year ago
    • Omar T
      Omar T In reply to Snow Bunneh

      i would like to know as well, he never mentioned Electric Brown, just a bunch of WingaDinga.

      about 3 months ago
    • SteveS
      SteveS In reply to Snow Bunneh

      What video did he mention EV1?

      about 5 months ago
    • George Macias
      George Macias In reply to Snow Bunneh

      Karry Roberta C. Same

      about 1 year ago
    • Sean Place
      Sean Place

      With the majority of car manufacturers developing and selling PHEV's, I think we're finally getting to see the beginning of mass market adoption of EV's. Though manufacturers will have to start finding somewhere else to place the battery pack. Most of them are shoving them into the trunk of the car which drastically reduces the cargo capacity. BEV's are still rather niche market, but still seeing growth.

      about 1 year ago
    • QuantumBraced
      QuantumBraced

      Top Gear is one of the most biased shows. They're entertaining, but 1/3rd of their shows are Land Rover commercials, another 20% is Toyota commercials, they're heavily prejudiced against electric cars... only watch them for entertainment, never for a serious review.

      about 2 years ago
    • none of your business
      none of your business In reply to QuantumBraced

      QuantumBraced cause they are retarded

      about 1 year ago
    • Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin
      Farhan Ahmad Tajuddin In reply to QuantumBraced

      ..."heavily prejudiced against electric cars".

      Not much difference with the lads from The Grand Tour.

      about 1 year ago
    • Alex Saab
      Alex Saab In reply to QuantumBraced

      watch the Grand Tour instead

      about 1 year ago
    • Bilal Patel
      Bilal Patel In reply to QuantumBraced

      QuantumBraced This was the old Top Gear which was cancelled due to it not being entertaining enough

      about 1 year ago
    • Josh Bacon
      Josh Bacon

      Imagine if he actually ran out of charge before he got to the garage...

      about 2 years ago
    • Rob James
      Rob James In reply to Josh Bacon

      Imagine if you ran out of petrol? lol People really dont think that argument through do they?

      about 6 months ago