The EV1 was the first modern, mass-produced electric vehicle (EV) built by a major manufacturer. It was ultra aerodynamic, lightweight, had an acceptable commuting range and could be easily driven by the average motorist. Consumers could only lease (not buy) the cars from select dealers in California, Arizona and Georgia. After four years of costly production the EV1 was discontinued and all but 40 were dismantled.
Collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum