56 of the Worst Cars of All Time

1997 General Motors EV1 Electric CoupePhoto by The Henry Ford


49. 1997 GM EV1

The EV1 was ahead of it’s time when it came out. It was the best electric vehicle anyone had ever seen. Designed to comply with the strict zero-emissions-vehicle mandate in California, the EV1 was a decent car. Decent power, giving it a nice amount of speed, while also being fun to drive. GM made claims that the EV1 was the next step in all electric cars, eliminating pollution causing gasoline engines. Unfortunately, GM was off the mark. The battery technology was not sufficient at the time to deliver on GM’s claims. The lead-acid batteries couldn’t give drivers the range they needed for the car to be useful. The later nickel-metal hydride batteries couldn’t handle the load either. The EV1 was also incredibly expensive to build, leading to GM terminating the project.


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