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    LA to Michigan in a GM EV1



    Travel along as Kris Trexler drove his GM EV1 electric car on a 3,275 mile cross country trip without burning one drop of gasoline! The trip began in Los Angeles, California on May 12, 1998 and ended June 2 in Troy, Michigan (just outside Detroit). You’ll learn more about the transportation technology of the 21st century and monitor Kris’s progress with frequent updates as he made this pioneering journey...
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    Re: LA to Michigan in a GM EV1

    I long for the day when I don't have to read more about the EV1. It was a sub-par product, designed for California compliance. GM built their vehicle, most others manufacturers did not. It looked like a Saturn S-Series, had a crappy interior, and was the exact opposite of what electric vehicles have become today.

    The EV1 is dead and buried, along with all the old people who were buying Buick's during the same time period. Yet, I still have to read about both.

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    Re: LA to Michigan in a GM EV1

    interesting BUT a bicycle can be ridden in the same amount of time as that was a 21 day trip

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    Re: LA to Michigan in a GM EV1

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    interesting BUT a bicycle can be ridden in the same amount of time as that was a 21 day trip
    And "without burning one drop of gasoline!"
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    Re: LA to Michigan in a GM EV1

    Quote Originally Posted by LDT View Post
    I long for the day when I don't have to read more about the EV1. It was a sub-par product, designed for California compliance. GM built their vehicle, most others manufacturers did not. It looked like a Saturn S-Series, had a crappy interior, and was the exact opposite of what electric vehicles have become today.

    The EV1 is dead and buried, along with all the old people who were buying Buick's during the same time period. Yet, I still have to read about both.
    I recall the EV1 as being largely well regarded in its day. People who leased them (they were all leased) were upset about having to give them up. They gave GM some green cred which they largely squandered by completely allowing Toyota and Honda to be the leaders on hybrids.

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    Re: LA to Michigan in a GM EV1

    It was a product well ahead of its time. Though flawed due to the nascent technology, it was quite a piece. GM never should have been vilified by it, they should have been applauded for building a spaceship when everyone was still in the equivalent of horse & buggy's. Even at the time it was known these were very expensive vehicles to manufacture and no way they could go mainstream. As Murrow said above, GM's biggest crime was handing over their green cred to Toyota.

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    Re: LA to Michigan in a GM EV1

    Quote Originally Posted by LDT View Post
    I long for the day when I don't have to read more about the EV1. It was a sub-par product, designed for California compliance. GM built their vehicle, most others manufacturers did not. It looked like a Saturn S-Series, had a crappy interior, and was the exact opposite of what electric vehicles have become today.

    The EV1 is dead and buried, along with all the old people who were buying Buick's during the same time period. Yet, I still have to read about both.
    That's kind of like castigating the Model T for not having fuel injection and infotainment. EV1 was the first mass produced full electric vehicle, the fact they made it semi-livable at least for an urban/suburban environment was a pretty good win. And I'm sure much of that R&D found its way elsewhere.
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    Re: LA to Michigan in a GM EV1

    It was a start, but like the others have said GM once again drops the ball instead of refining and working with it for improvement and thus the others became known as the leaders in the greenie movement.

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    Re: LA to Michigan in a GM EV1

    Quote Originally Posted by LDT View Post
    I long for the day when I don't have to read more about the EV1. It was a sub-par product, designed for California compliance. GM built their vehicle, most others manufacturers did not. It looked like a Saturn S-Series, had a crappy interior, and was the exact opposite of what electric vehicles have become today.

    The EV1 is dead and buried, along with all the old people who were buying Buick's during the same time period. Yet, I still have to read about both.
    The interior is the starting point of many EV interiors now, including Tesla Model 3 and the hybrid Toyota Prius. Yes its dated but so is everything from the 90's because you know, it was the 90's. That was twenty years ago.

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    Laying down trash talk on the EV-1 is just so short-sighted. Certainly, by todays standards it doesn't measure up, but that isn't fair. When it came out, it was leaps and bounds beyond what anybody had EVER done for an electric car. I mean come on....the Model T looks like crap compared to anything on the road today, put that car "put the world on wheels"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by American007 View Post
    The interior is the starting point of many EV interiors now, including Tesla Model 3 and the hybrid Toyota Prius......
    Model 3? As far as anyone knows, that car still doesn't HAVE an interior! Not that Tesla can lay any claims on any of their cars having anything great about their interiors to begin with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LDT View Post
    I long for the day when I don't have to read more about the EV1. It was a sub-par product, designed for California compliance. GM built their vehicle, most others manufacturers did not. It looked like a Saturn S-Series, had a crappy interior, and was the exact opposite of what electric vehicles have become today.
    The EV1 is dead and buried, along with all the old people who were buying Buick's during the same time period. Yet, I still have to read about both.
    Who is forcing you to read about the EV-1? And the dead and buried?
    Is this a left wing or right wing conspiracy to force you to read about these topics?

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    Re: LA to Michigan in a GM EV1

    Quote Originally Posted by LDT View Post
    I long for the day when I don't have to read more about the EV1. It was a sub-par product, designed for California compliance. GM built their vehicle, most others manufacturers did not. It looked like a Saturn S-Series, had a crappy interior, and was the exact opposite of what electric vehicles have become today.

    The EV1 is dead and buried, along with all the old people who were buying Buick's during the same time period. Yet, I still have to read about both.
    Nobody forcing you into anything. A bit of context here, i found this tape of his trip was found i an eBay lot i purchased. The little information i found on it was from the original website from when the trip occurred. I found it interesting enough to digitize and share. You are not obligated by any stretch to participate in the conversation!
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    Re: LA to Michigan in a GM EV1

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainDan View Post
    Laying down trash talk on the EV-1 is just so short-sighted. Certainly, by todays standards it doesn't measure up, but that isn't fair. When it came out, it was leaps and bounds beyond what anybody had EVER done for an electric car. I mean come on....the Model T looks like crap compared to anything on the road today, put that car "put the world on wheels"!
    the "true test" is comparing it to the RAV4 EV and the Honda CITY EV of the same time OR the FORD escort connect EV all "compliance" cars and all SUX compared to MODERN cars in the same way a 57 CHEVY SUX compared to a modern car

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    Quote Originally Posted by NHRATA01 View Post
    That's kind of like castigating the Model T for not having fuel injection and infotainment. EV1 was the first mass produced full electric vehicle, the fact they made it semi-livable at least for an urban/suburban environment was a pretty good win. And I'm sure much of that R&D found its way elsewhere.
    GM EV-1 production totalled 1,117 (MY 1997~'99).

    In contrast, the Detroit Electric "company production was at its peak in the 1910s selling around 1000 to 2000 [full electric] cars a year."

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