We are happy to announce that we procured a new exhibit for our Sustainable Garage exhibit. Please meet America’s first mass produced electric car, called Citicar. It was manufactured in the 1980 in Florida by the company called Sebring-Vanguard. An estimated 4100 vehicles were made between 1975 and 1981. Until surpassed by Nissan Leaf and Tesla, the Citicar was also the most mass-produced electric car in the USA.
The frame is built of welded aluminum tubes, and the exterior of the car is made from ABS plastic panels. Fully charged batteries offer up to 40 miles of driving until depleted, and its top speed is about 35 miles per hour.
The Citicar that we have procured is a second generation, also known as a Comuta-car. It only has 300 miles on its odometer. Manufactured in 1980, it has been in another museum from 1990 until now, so it is in the great cosmetic condition. It does require breaks overhaul, new bumper coating and new batteries, but otherwise this Citicar is in perfect shape.
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