It was an exciting time for electric cars in the early 1990s. GM’s Impact concept was unveiled at the 1990 LA Auto Show, with the Tokyo Motor Show exhibiting many electric concepts as well. Among them was Tokyo R&D’s IZA.
We take today’s electric vehicle technology for granted. But it’s been a long road, with automakers fielding advanced technologies and concepts for decades on the way to an EV future. Here’s how the first lithium-ion battery powered EV came about.