This GM video from 1990 really makes it seem odd that car manufacturers nowadays still claim to be struggling with battery and range problems in the development of electric cars. Knowing that this car actually went into production in 1996 as EV1, only to be taken off the roads again several years later in 2003, makes the title of this video “Imagine the Impact” seem almost sarcastic.
Recently reports have been current in certain newspapers that Mr. Thomas A. Edison, the inventor, has at last perfected the storage battery, and that within a few months electrically propelled vehicles, costing little to buy and next to nothing to maintain, will be on the market. The same story has appeared regularly for years and yet matters do not appear to have advanced much.
- International Herald Tribune, November 1, 1907