Two GM EV1s Show Up In China
CarNewsChina has turned up a couple of abandoned GM EV1 in China, reported abandoned at a storage facility at the “National Electric Vehicle Experimental & Demonstration Area” near Shantow City in Guangdong Province.
When GM discontinued the EV program back in 2002, all cars out on lease where re-claimed – and subsequently destroyed, that is except for about 40 copies that went to museums and universities – all without activated powertrains (save one fully operational copy at the Smithsonian).
Of those 40 EVs, about 20 were sent overseas – apparently at least 3 went to China, with two of them ending up here.
As you can tell from the pictures (from CarNewsChina via Weibo users Xarng and SCTpumpkin who published the photos here and here), the EV1s – one green and one blue, are not in the best shape but still seem mostly intact other than some old/flat tires.
They are also riding very high on those tires, which would lead us to believe that the EV1’s 1,100+ lb packs have been removed.
There also appears to be a small fleet of Toyota’s first generation of RAV4 EVs that were originally made between 1997 and 2003, as well as a Citroen Berlingo EV van.
Check out more pics at CarNewsChina