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15 Electric Cars That Are No Longer Sold in the US

Today’s automotive industry is going full-force into the electric space. But it wasn’t too long ago that automakers were just testing the waters.

Experiments in battery technology, early limited releases and compliance cars led to interesting electric vehicles (EVs) with limited range.

Here’s a rundown of 15 electric car forefathers that paved the way for the Ford Mustang Mach-Es, Volkswagen ID.4s, Subaru Solterras and Toyota BZ4Xs of today.

General Motors EV1

General Motors EV1
The General Motors EV1 lived a short life. Some can be found in museums today.
General Motors

The EV1 was the first all-electric production car. Between 1996 and 1996, 1,117 models were built and leased to drivers in California, Arizona and Georgia through Saturn dealerships.

An induction AC motor and a 16.5 kilowatt-hour battery pack netted a driver 137 horsepower and 110 pound-feet of torque. The EPA-tested range was about 60 to 80 miles on a single charge.

After

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Rearview cameras have been around longer than you think

While we always enjoy gazing in rearview at automotive history, today we’re doing it in a more literal sense. Backup cameras, which are also referred to as reverse cameras and rearview cameras, have been a required safety feature in all new American-made cars since May 1, 2018. That means the technology is relatively new, right? Wrong. It’s been around for decades.






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The 1956 Buick Centurion concept car, unveiled at the General Motors Motorama in January 1956, was the first vehicle to feature a reverse camera that allowed its driver to see behind the car without having to physically turn around and look backward. Designers were so confident in the rearview camera that there were no mirrors on the car. The Centurion also featured a bubble roof and cockpit, offering unobstructed views all around.

The shapely concept car’s backup system was bulkier and more conspicuous than

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50 car companies that no longer exist

The automobile may have had its origins in Europe, but few sectors of the U.S. economy embody the American notions of personal liberty, expression, and freedom as fully as the automotive industry.

The rise of the industry at the beginning of the 20th century coincided with the ascent of manned flight and the motion picture industry, and a sense that the United States was entering a new and progressive era where anything was possible.

Hundreds of automotive companies sprouted all over the nation at the turn of the century, firing the ambitions of people in all walks of life.

Not all of these ambitions were realized. Many companies foundered because of mismanagement, overexpansion, misjudgment of the public taste, and underestimating supply chain costs. Some companies in the early part of the 20th century whose products were electric vehicles or steam-powered cars could not compete against gas-powered autos that had more

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Car industry no longer growth engine of German economy

Germany’s mighty car industry, which has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, is no longer the engine driving the country’s economy.

“For the first time in a decade, the auto industry is facing noticeable personnel adjustments and will initially fail as a growth engine for Germany,” says a new study by the German Economic Institute (IW), reported exclusively by Handelsblatt.

The results of the IW study are likely to hang over the meeting on Tuesday this week between the German government and the heads of the countries powerful car companies and automotive suppliers.

Already before the global COVID-19 pandemic hit, the automotive industry was struggling with overcapacity, as well as the need to invest billions to switch to electrification, and get their fleet emissions down in the face of tough new EU emissions standards.  

READ MORE: German car industry warns of job losses due to ‘unprecedented slump’

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