Long-Lost General Motors EV1 Electric Cars Turn Up In Overseas Parking Lot

GM built over a thousand EV1 electric cars between 1996 and 1999, and the company's controversial decision to crush almost all of them still lingers as a black mark in the firm's history.

Wonder of wonders, two EV-1s have been discovered, miraculously uncrushed, in a Chinese research institute parking lot.

How on earth did they get there? Obviously not under their own power: in the aftermath of the EV-1's final recall and just before the crushapalooza, 40 cars were given to museums and universities while a further 20 were donated to various overseas institutions.

All of these cars were delivered with deactivated powertrains and it was mutually agreed the cars were not to be reactivated and driven. 

It would seem the National Electric Vehicle Experimental & Demonstration Area, located near Shantou City in China's southern Guangdong Province, received two EV-1s.

The evidence is right there in their covered parking lot: one dull blue car (above) and one dark olive green EV-1, both bearing the NEVEDA's logo and the Chinese characters for “electric car”.

The two EV-1's look slightly forlorn amidst a host of similarly neglected electric vehicles; a thin mantle of dust and the blue car's nearly flat tires attest to their not being driven of late. Curiously, however, they shouldn't have been drivable at all – not now and not then.

Could NEVEDA have acquired a couple of EV-1s before GM recalled and deactivated them? Was a little reverse-engineering employed to reactivate officially donated cars without GM's knowledge? NEVEDA ain't talking and as for GM, they've got enough on their plate lately. (via Car News China)