Electric Comuta-Car outside Sierra Club tent Illinois State Fair 2009

Electric Comuta-Car outside Sierra Club tent Illinois State Fair 2009

You can imagine my surprise when I passed the Sierra Club tent inside Conservation World once again today. This treasure hadn’t been parked there the day before. One of my first thoughts when seeing this type of vehicle is here is what caused all the problems with the image of electric vehicles. The second thought is always good for them. Whoever is driving is doing their best to lead by example. However their is no denying that this type of electric car is the reason people think golf cart when talking about using an electric engine in a vehicle. Granted many of these same people are hypocrites if they are doing business at the fair. Considering they have no problem driving golf carts like speed racer all over the fairgrounds. Battery power sure seems to get them where they need to be then.

I think history has shown time and again that vehicles like the one above don’t have mass market appeal. That isn’t to say there is a problem with the technology or that it won’t meet most peoples needs. I’ll be honest and say that I wouldn’t want to have this as a daily driver. Although I would love to own an all electric car. Of course there was mass interest when gas prices were at their highest point last year. Everyone was running news articles about these types of cars. Now that the price of gas has come down somewhat you would be hard pressed to find anyone talking about these vehicles.

If I remember correctly the car pictured above may have been one of the electrics to get major press last year. For years there used to be an electric car parked on South Grand by the clock shop. I’m not sure if the one above was it. What I am sure of is this car is the one that got a ton of coverage last year. I’m now rereading those articles. And this isn’t the electric car that used to be parked on South Grand Avenue.

The Comuta-Car caught everyone’s eyes when it was heading up the hill and heading out of Conservation World when the take shelter do to extreme storms warning was taking place.

Electric car charging stations Roadside Assistance After Market Parts Service Bulletins Manuals Solar power

Electric Bike Bicycles Electric Foldable Recumbent Tricycle Motocross Bikes Scooters

Solar phone chargers battery packs flash lights LED light bulbs Solar panels Tankless water heaters Water barrels

My Comuta Car videos and photos

My Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar videos and photos

100 mpg vehicle is here it just isn’t consumer ready

Why are simple questions so hard for some people to understand

If it’s as simple as putting new battery technology in an EV1 why hasn’t it been done

Richland Community College mobile biofuels laboratory Illinois State Fair 2009

Sierra Club tent inside Conservation World Illinois State Fair 2009

Sierra Club making a difference in conservation

Automotive X PRIZE competitor Illuminati Motor Works Q & A

Local Automotive X PRIZE competitor Illuminati Motor Works interviewed on WICS ABC 20 Video

Alternative fueled vehicles electric cars information resources

Turtle Beach Marina electric vehicle charging Little Sarasota Bay Florida

Why own a smart car

Got SUV?

Electric Comuta Car dashboard

Electric car videos photos educational resources

Tesla Model S Roadster Superchargers Store locations videos photos articles

Learn the history of the Electric Comuta-Car above

David Brunson 1981 Comuta-Car

Efficient car inspires electric envy

Plug and play – Fun with an electric vehicle in Springfield Illinois

“People are curious,” Brunson says, “They really are. But now that gas has gone back down, people will just go back to sleep.”

Springfield Photos: That electric car at Washington Park

Retro with a purpose: Man restores electric car – Newton, KS – The Newton Kansan

Taylorville ordinance issue keeps car in garage The State Journal-Register

World’s First Production Model Electric Car

The Commuter Vehicles Comuta-Car

CitiCar/ComutaCar History by Frank Didik

Citicar – Wikipedia

History of the CitiCar and ComutaCar by Frank Didik

But it’s not a golf cart. Little COMUTA-CAR car developed in Sebring, Florida.

Comuta-Car- 1980 Lane Motor Museum

eBay find of the day: Electric Citicar — Autoblog Green

Chad Conway’s Website / 1980 Comuta-Car

Side Trip: Sparky Comes Home

Death Wish: Comuta-Car Begs for ‘Busa Mill Like a Junkie Craves Junk

Flickr: comutacar’s Photostream

Revenge of the Electric Car

The information flyers on the Comuta-Car that I picked up got rain soaked even though we had them in a canvas bag. You can find them online below.

Electric Auto Association – Electric Vehicle Information Flyers ( these are all PDF format ) when clicked a PDF file will open I hate sites that don’t make you aware of their PDF use