Ah yes, it’s the electric car no one wants to talk about. Let’s talk about it.
It’s a bit of an enigma. With only a handful still in existence, few remember that people were daily driving these 15 years ago. It was the world’s most aerodynamic production car.
As a fuel economy/aero geek, I want a model of one. I’ve got a Tatra T77 by IXO and an UrSaab by PremiumX. I plan to buy a VW XL-1 by Spark and a Honda Insight by Ebbro in due time.
But what about the poor, forgotten EV1? As far as I can tell, no one has ever sold a scale model of it. But that doesn’t mean no one has ever produced a model. I recently ran across this website which includes some tantalizing clues.
The cars were developed to some extent at GM Advanced Technology Vehicles (GMATV) in Troy, MI where the photo seems to have been taken. Of course, I seem to have given away my copy of Michael Schnayerson’s EV1 book The Car That Could, which has more detailed info. Who would have known I’d need it again?
I haven’t received an email reply from Mr. Trexler regarding the mysterious photo above, but if I still can’t locate an original model I’ll have to keep searching. Ideally, I’d find an original. If not that, I’d like to commission a model of one (and have already put out a feeler). Last, I may have to just put the precious time in to make one myself. I’ve got a spare block of 20# urethane foam and the following images...
If you know someone who might know someone who might know about an EV1 model, please do let me know!