Electronic Vehicles

Electric Cars May Rule the Roads by 2040.

More than ninety percent (90%) of all passenger vehicles in the United States, Canada, Europe and other countries could be electric by 2040, according to researchers. It will become more important to learn about these vehicles as time goes by.

Read about Electric Vehicle (EV) Basics, the history of electronic vehicles, benefits, and how these vehicles work.


The General Motors EV1 was an electric car produced and leased by General Motors from 1996 to 1999. It was the first mass-produced and purpose-designed electric vehicle of the modern era from a major automaker.

General Motors used the Los Angeles Auto Show on Jan. 4, 1996, to introduce the world to one of the most notable cars ever produced: the EV1. The automaker invested about $1 billion into the EV1 program as part of efforts to meet California’s zero-emissions requirements. The electric car was available only at Saturn dealers in California, Arizona and Georgia; and customers could only lease it for $399 to $549 per month from 1996 through 2001. General Motors leased (rented) about 800 of the 1,117 EV1s it produced. EV1 lease holders were officially participants in a “real-world engineering evaluation” and market study into the feasibility of making a commuter electric vehicle in select U.S. markets. The cars were not available for purchase.

The EV1’s was controversial, with electric car enthusiasts, environmental interest groups and former EV1 lease holders accusing General Motors of self-sabotaging its electric car program to avoid potential losses in spare parts sales, while also blaming the oil industry for conspiring to keep electric cars off the road. As a result of the forced repossession and destruction of the majority of EV1s, a working EV1 is one of the rarest cars from the 1990s.

EV1 Slideshow:

Who Killed the Electronic Car (partial documentary):

EV1 Lives On, With EV2
Most of the 1,117 EV1s produced between 1996 and 1999 (and finally taken off the road by GM in 2003) were crushed. But a few cars, 40 some say, were spared. Read more…

Read more about the History of Electric Cars.

Statistics: Electronic Car Use by Country

Watch Nissan’s Oldest & Newest Electric CarsRun Side-By-Side:

Learn more about the Benefits of Electronic Vehicles.

ConsumerReports.org: Electric Cars 101

How EV’s Work:
How Do Battery Electric Cars Work?
How Do All-Electric Cars Work?
Charging Plug-In Electric Vehicles at Home
How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car?
How to buy an electric-car charging station.

8 Best EV Chargers:

Charging an electric car with home solar panels:

Best electric cars you can buy in 2018:


  1. Write an essay or create a presentation about General Motors EV1.
  2. Print the Word Search Worksheet and find each vocabulary word.
  3. Learn how to: Build Your Own Electric Car
  4. Draw your favorite electronic vehicle or design your own using traditional art supplies.
  5. Discovery K12 EV Coloring Page

    EV Coloring Page