The years since the rollout of the EV1 brought many changes for those involved in the project. Some stayed in the electrification field. Some tried entirely new ventures. Some retired. Here’s a partial list of key players in the EV1 saga and an update on what happened afterward.
EV1 role: Electric vehicle program manager and VP of R&D, GM
After EV1: In 1998, he was named vice president and general manager of GM’s Distributed Energy business unit. After retiring from GM in 1999, Baker took on various leadership roles, including COO of Energy Conversion Devices, a battery and photovoltaics company that was chaired by ex-GM CEO Bob Stempel, and CEO of Altarum Institute, a research and analysis organization. He also has served on corporate advisory boards. In 2015, Baker worked with Domino’s and Roush Enterprises to transform a Chevrolet Spark into a specially designed pizza delivery vehicle.
EV1 role: Chief engineer, EV1 propulsion system and charger development, GM
After EV1: Bereisa was EV systems architect for the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid from 2006 to 2008 and briefly was director of advanced engineering & technology strategy at GM. In 2009, he became the owner and CEO of an engineering consulting company, Auto Lectrification. He consulted with Nio on its vehicle development. Bereisa, a 2010 inductee into the Electric Drive Transportation Association Hall of Fame, died in 2019.
EV1 role: Director of worldwide marketing for the EV1
After EV1: According to his LinkedIn page, Dabels was CFO of Lee Iacocca’s electric bike venture, EV Global Motors, from 1999 to 2001. He went on to co-found a hybrid-drive venture and “micro-utility” company. He’s now president of Dabels & Associates, a consulting company in Charlotte, N.C.
EV1 role: Chief engineer and director of engineering for GM’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Group
After EV1: Ellis retired in 1997 after 37 years with GM. He resides in Kerrville, Texas.