A glance at key dates and time frames in the life and death of the EV1 and milestone developments involving electric vehicles.
November 1987: The Sunraycer, a solar-powered precursor to the EV1, wins the inaugural World Solar Challenge, a 1,864-mile solar race across Australia. Victory prompts further collaboration among General Motors, its Hughes Aircraft subsidiary and California engineering company AeroVironment.
Jan. 3, 1990: GM CEO Roger Smith introduces the Impact concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It receives such a rousing response that Smith develops plans for a production electric vehicle, announced April 18.
September 1990: The California Air Resources Board enacts the first zero-emission vehicle mandate. It requires major automakers to ensure that non-polluting vehicles make up 2% of their light-duty sales in the state by 1998. The standard is later revised.
Oct. 12, 1992: A key meeting occurs between GM corporate leaders and executives with the EV1 team. It ends precisely at 5 p.m., when Vice Chairman Jack Smith tells CEO Bob Stempel: "Bob, you can't afford the program," thus crippling intentions for widespread production.