The first modern electric car

Witness History

By BBC World Service

The first modern electric car

Tuesday, 31 August

This electric car revolution is finally on the horizon: many car manufacturers have promised to make only electric vehicles in the near future, in response to the climate emergency. But the first mass-produced modern electric car, the General Motors EV1, was launched back in 1996. Within a few short years it was scrapped: almost every vehicle was recalled and crushed, and the car of the future disappeared in history’s rear-view mirror. Viv Jones hears the story from one of the car’s creators, research engineer Wally Rippel. Photo: The GM EV1 (Kim Kulish/Sygma via Getty Images)
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