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y contrast, here's the VIN from an actual pilot vehicle. The first half of the VIN (1GCDE14H3W8 . . . ) identifies it as a '98 Chevy S-10 pickup truck. The various numbers and digits spell out details like assembly plant, cab and bed type, drivetrain configuration, and the passive restraint system. But focus on the six-digit sequence. It reads 100046. Yep, this was the 46th vehicle built and was almost certainly part of the pilot run/assembly line dress rehearsal. After serving its purpose as a teaching aid, this particular pilot truck was converted by GM Power Electronics/Delco Propulsion Systems engineers into a front-wheel-drive electric vehicle. It's powered by a liquid-cooled, 85-kilowatt (115hp) AC induction motor with a nickel-metal hydride battery pack under the bed. We shot this oddity at the '09 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction in Palm Beach, Florida.