1997 General Motors EV1 Electric Coupe

Date:
1997
Creator:
General Motors Corporation

This was the most serious attempt to build an all-purpose electric car since the 1920s. General Motors built 1117 cars between 1996 and 1999, leasing them to a loyal group that willingly adjusted to battery power's limitations. But GM concluded there were too few electric enthusiasts to support large-scale production and recalled all the cars by the end of 2003. EV1 users objected loudly, but to no avail.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2002.76.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of General Motors Corporation.

2002 Toyota Prius Sedan

Date:
2002
Creator:
Toyota Motor Manufacturing U.S.A.

The intent of hybrid automobiles is to improve fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions compared to standard internal combustion powered cars. Hybrids use small internal combustion engines and battery powered electric motors. Powerful computers and sophisticated software coordinate the smooth, seamless transfer of power between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor. This Prius is one of the "first generation" of Toyota's hybrid cars, introduced in the United States in 2000.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2006.74.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.