General Motors, in well-documented fashion, scrapped 1,100 lease-only EV1 electric vehicles last decade. It was thought that all EV1 models sold to the public were crushed. Apparently, not so, as an estimated 40 EV1 models were donated to universities and museums, but without their electric propulsion systems. Yet here’s one in Rolla, Missouri, at the engineering college of Missouri S&T that runs.
Well, it used to run, thanks to the engineering students installing a DC drivetrain of their own. It didn’t last long, however, as their EV1’s been idle for the past year, after the drive shaft gave out. There are no replacement parts available for the EV1, and thus, it sits, rotting.
Rotting or not, the EV1 could fetch a lot of money. There are strong rumors of a running EV1 being privately sold for $450,000, so there’s potential for this university-owned model, should it run again.