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

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    • Clint Thompson
      Clint Thompson

      "This is governed because it's California..." should have been a early warning sign. Now look at them lol

      about 6 days ago
    • Tim Lucas
      Tim Lucas

      SO depressing that over 20 years on and we're still driving gigantic V8's that get 17mpg :(

      about 13 days ago
    • Osman Ahmed
      Osman Ahmed

      This guy is a dude

      about 13 days ago
    • Floris Rodermond
      Floris Rodermond

      All these lucky people that are blessed with experiencing the EV1

      about 14 days ago
    • Ben Simmons
      Ben Simmons

      No four wheel drive obviously lmao

      about 15 days ago
    • Gabriel D
      Gabriel D

      Anyone esle here because of Doug DeMuro?

      about 16 days ago
    • Maca Alf
      Maca Alf In reply to Gabriel D

      +Marcus Damberger THIS :) is the video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF5EdhZ_-Sw

      about 12 days ago
    • Marcus Damberger
      Marcus Damberger In reply to Gabriel D

      +Maca Alf What video is Doug talking about the EV1 in? Is it recent posting?

      about 12 days ago
    • Maca Alf
      Maca Alf In reply to Gabriel D

      If it wasn't for Doug I never would have known about this car.

      about 13 days ago
    • Aaron G GAMING
      Aaron G GAMING In reply to Gabriel D

      Same

      about 15 days ago
    • Chris Michael
      Chris Michael In reply to Gabriel D

      Awesome! Me too, just went down the EV1 rabbit hole

      about 15 days ago
    • Thai Ina Mo
      Thai Ina Mo

      $600 per month in 1997. Wow

      about 16 days ago
    • Mannard Mann
      Mannard Mann

      0:18 That's a sexy 2nd gen Probe SE!

      The black demographic will never buy that though.. unless it can have 20" wheels or bigger. Needs more chrome, too.

      about 16 days ago
    • Nick Morphew
      Nick Morphew

      The days of the ICE are definitely numbered as I sit in my Mitsubishi imiev watching YouTube while I'm fast charging.

      about 1 month ago
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous In reply to Nick Morphew

      No offence but your car is a piece of shit. I’m all for electric cars, but the imiev is an embarrassment:

      about 14 days ago
    • Cash Bonanza
      Cash Bonanza

      Title should be ''GM Suicide''

      about 1 month ago
    • JELH
      JELH

      0:05 Volvo S70 with Swedish plates... In the USA... WTF?!

      about 1 month ago
    • 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 2 months ago
    • LispyJared
      LispyJared

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

      about 3 months 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 3 months ago
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous In reply to x- o

      2041: the days of petrol engines are over.


      That’s exciting.

      about 14 days 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 3 months 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 5 months ago
    • Steve Birks
      Steve Birks

      Why is gm crushing these cars ?

      about 5 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 3 months ago
    • Andrew MacGibbon
      Andrew MacGibbon

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

      about 5 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 6 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 4 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 8 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 8 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago
    • Omar T
      Omar T In reply to Rob James

      +nickys34 talking completely out of your ass, most people here in Texas i know wants one, but Tesla has been banned from selling here, so you gotta get it shipped from another state, im actually keeping an eye out for a cheap Tesla around 15k that needs batteries replaced for me to scoop it up.
      Idiot. who payed you? GM? no wonder they had to be bailed out.

      about 5 months ago
    • Rob James
      Rob James In reply to Rob James

      +nickys34 They cost about 2x the "comparable" ICE car in Australia and we have NO incentives. They operate several hundred percent more efficiently than a petrol car, have better drive-ability, and longevity and currently only suffer from manufacturers using "cheap" batteries. I have been active in this field for a decade, have studied the fundamental science behind their workings and the technology growth and development, considering they have a century less development time than the ICE counterpart, i am quite impressed with how far they have come in the last decade alone, you call me deluded, but within the next decade very few people will own a new ICE vehicle, and it will be the free market which makes that decision. I have just decommissioned my prius in favour for an electric vehicle purely for financial reasons.

      about 5 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 11 months ago
    • InternetDude
      InternetDude In reply to AlainHubert

      AlainHubert um have you heard of Tesla?

      about 7 months ago
    • bigjd2k
      bigjd2k

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

      about 11 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 11 months ago
    • Yowzoe
      Yowzoe

      What a dour dipshit.

      about 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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