Though electric cars have jumped in popularity in recent years, it's not a
new phenomenon for people to want to get away from gas-fueled vehicles. The
Italian Elcar was one of two mass-produced electrically powered cars sold
as an alternative to family cars in 1975 that came to the U.S. as a response
to the 1973 oil crisis.
W.B. Frazier purchased his Model-1000 Elcar from an Arlington dealership in
1975 for $2,645. Though the car could only go 28 mph and had a 55-mile
range, he drove from his home in Red Oak to work in Dallas. We can only hope
that he didn't hit much traffic in his 30-mile commute.
His friends said the car looked like the front end of a truck that was cut
off from the back end. See the video below to see the car in action.
And though it was a smaller and cheaper alternative to a regular car, it was
deemed unsafe by the Consumer's Union later that year.