Just as the rise in fuel prices is not necessarily new, neither is the public outcry for electric cars. The Commutacar can out in 1978 just as the US was caught in the grips of its second fuel shortage in a decade. And quite like the electric cars of today the Commutacar had a selling price above the national average for a new car. Despite its $6500 price tag there were 4,000 cars that sold between 1978 and 1980. Once the fuel shortage passed and safety standards increased the Commutacar went the way of the Vangaurd Citicar: the predecessor to the Commutacar.
If the grocery store is nearby or if you are looking for a neighborhood cruiser the Commutacar might just fill the bill. While a golf cart might do the same job with fewer hassles, it will not exude the same sense of History nor strain nearly as many necks of passers-by as the Commutacar.