The GM EV1 is a significant part of General Motors history and is also considered an important stepping stone for the advancement of electric vehicles. It’s easy to see why someone would want to own a GM EV1, then, but unfortunately, this is one battery-powered vehicle that is completely off-limits.
As many readers of this site will already know, the GM EV1 could only be obtained through a lease agreement and could not actually be purchased. When GM decided to end the program, citing low demand and weak profits, it also began removing the vehicles from the road. The only GM EV1s that were permitted to be left out in the wild went to museums, universities and other educational institutions, though their powertrains were disabled so they could not be used. Only about 40 of the 1,100+ cars were saved, with the rest being sent to the crusher.
The University of Cincinnati was one of these educational institutions that eventually ended up with a GM EV1. The school is now selling its GM EV1, but it’s far from a complete car. In fact, the university is only selling the chassis/shell for the car, with the batteries, motor, suspension components, wiring and most of the interior all having been removed.
It’s not known why this GM EV1 was disassembled in such a way, nor is it clear where its wheels, suspension and various interior trim parts and pieces went. According to the auction listing, hosted by GovDeals, the University of Cincinnati received the car as a shell around 2008 and it has been in storage ever since. It also says there is “no VIN, frame, doors, trunk lid, hood or much of an interior,” although it does come with a piece of the dash “and at least some of the console.” There are also some parts of the wiring harness and the main digital dash display.
We’re not sure what one could do with a GM EV1 shell like this, but we can see why a GM history buff or an electric vehicle enthusiast may want to have as an interesting conversation piece for their garage or collection. Check out the listing at this link for some additional information and photography of this rather odd auction item.