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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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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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Hyundai and Kia Are No Longer Building the Apple Car

Welcome to The Grid, R&T’s quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.


Hyundai and Kia Won’t Build the Apple Car

Last month, Hyundai confirmed it was in talks with Apple to build a car for the tech giant before quickly walking that confirmation back. Talks between the two companies continued, however, and it looked like Hyundai was set to build the Apple Car at a Kia factory in the U.S. But now, the deal is off. Reuters reports that following much debate within Hyundai, the company announced today that it’s “not having talks with Apple on developing autonomous vehicles.”

Hyundai is reluctant to work with outsiders, and some executives were worried about the negative effects of becoming simply a contract manufacturer for Apple. “We are not a company which manufactures cars for others,” an anonymous Hyundai executive told Reuters last month. Since making

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