In the 1920s, electric cars had fully fallen out of favor and the internal combustion engine reigned supreme. But that didn't stop all invention and tinkering with electric powertrains. Here is a photo of an electric concept car, which foreshadowed the active world of electric-car conversions going on now. This 1959 Charles Townabout was made from a similar mold of the Volkswagen Karmen Ghia but it was made out of fiberglass to save weight, according to About.com. Prototypes of this and other electric concept cars were made in the 1950s and 1960s but they were doomed by high startup costs and retail prices.
February 6, 2012 4:00 AM PST
Photo by: Stanford University
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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