You were lied to. The EV-1 you saw was never a practical vehicle for general use. That's why it was only leased, and only in southern California, where there's no ice. The car ran on very narrow tires, like motorcycle tires, inflated to eighty psi, and it contained a thousand pounds of batteries. The car was made of plastic and aluminum to minimize weight, and it was not known how suspension parts like this would age. Hence GM couldn't guarantee the safety of the cars, and called them back in.
There still aren't any electric cars made anywhere, in any nation, except for some Nepalese commuter taxis that are charged every few hours. The reason? The batteries are still too poor. They don't run the car for very long, and they fail under the severe service of automotive use. That's why using a hybrid as a straight plug-in will void its warranties.
I suspect that we'll be seeing the first of the financial fraud cases surrounding electric car manufacturers later this year. I do wonder if Tesla Motors isn't going to find itself in trouble fairly soon.