The 1970s: OPEC, the first energy crisis, and golf cart-like electric cars. This is the CitiCar made, starting in 1974, by a company called Sebring-Vanguard. Inspired in fact by a golf cart, this stripped-down econobox ran on a bank of lead-acid batteries to achieve speeds of about 30 miles per hour and a range of up to 40 miles. It is considered the most successful U.S. electric car in the post-World War II era with nearly 4,500 of CitiCars and its variants sold, according to Wikipedia. To save on weight, it was made out of hard ABS plastic. In one incident, company founder and President Robert Beaumont, who died last year, showed off the durability of this car to reporters by banging it with a baseball bat, according to Electric Auto Association Chairman Rob Freund. As this photo shows, they are in fact durable, with many restored and still on the road.
February 6, 2012 4:00 AM PST
Photo by: Popular Resorations
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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