1997 GM 'Impact' & EV1 OEM EVs
" Electric Vehicle One"
---> The first purpose built production EV <---
Yes, there are EV1s still around ...
Museums, Universities, a few in private hands and GM still has
several at different facilities. For those who have an EV1, we
have been assisting folks in locating parts, so if you have an EV1 let us
know what items you need. We will be happy to assist in locating
spares or recommending alternatives. For those with parts to share
please feel free to
contact us at ev1 (at) tzev (dot) com and we will
see them put to good use.
The General Motors EV1 was an electric car produced
and leased by the General Motors Corporation from 1997 to 1999.
It was the first mass-produced and purpose-designed electric vehicle
of the modern era from a major automaker, and the first GM car
designed to be an electric vehicle from the
outset. The decision to mass-produce an electric car came
after GM received a favorable reception for its 1990 'Impact' electric
concept car, upon which the design of the EV1 drew heavily.
Inspired partly by the Impacts perceived potential for
success, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) subsequently
passed a mandate that made the production and sale
of zero-emission vehicles a requirement for the seven major auto
makers selling cars in the United States to continue to market their
vehicles in California. The EV1 was made
available to the public through limited lease-only agreements.
EV1 lessees were officially participants in a
"real-world engineering evaluation" and market study
into the feasibility of producing and
marketing a commuter electric vehicle in select U.S. markets
undertaken by GM's Advanced Technology
Vehicles group. The cars were not available for purchase, and
could be serviced only at designated
The Beata Collection's EV1s ...
... are developed from over a hundred different EV1 parts sources
to date, and, include three (3) free-range vehicles in various
stages of builds. We are currently, and always, searching for a
number of OEM parts and appreciate leads for same.
Our collecting motto is 'any part is better
then no part' so we make every effort to collect any items that come
available. Items that help bring our different chassis closer
to survivor status are greatly appreciated.
The collection currently (c2023) includes spares from all three
the EV1 development periods, including the
'94 LPF4 PrEView 'Impact' series (Limited Production Fleet),
and the '97 and '99 production EV1
The Beata EV1s are constantly in some sort of flux, building and/or
rebuilding one system or another. Where the red-chassie
is a survivor, the green-chassis
has been fitted with a custom inverter, t-pack, BMS, and RXT-G
series-hybrid modifications (see this site's prototypes
section), and the Test-buck space-frame
will become an OEM blue-chasses and scratch-built, like the green-
chassis, from the collection's
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