Retro Restore Inspires Electric Car Envy

The restored 70's vintage Comut-a-Car has a top speed of just over 40 mph and can make 30 miles on a charge. Screen capture from early brochure.

Published: 19-Jun-2008

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- When the price of a gallon of gas hit $2, people often did double-takes when they saw David Brunson drive past in his little yellow Comuta-Car.

When gas hit $3, people started stopping him to ask about the car.

Now that gas is past the $4-a-gallon-mark, Brunson’s electric car is the object of their envy.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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