COLUMBIA, Md. -- Bob Beaumont, a former Chrysler-Plymouth dealer who pioneered a short-trip electric car, the CitiCar, in the 1970s, died Oct. 24. He was 79.
In the 1960s, Beaumont sold his upstate New York store. His company, Sebring-Vanguard, began building the CitiCar in 1974. The company went bankrupt in 1977. More than 2,000 CitiCars had been sold.
In the 1990s, he tried EV marketing again with the Tropica, built by his new company, Renaissance Cars. Only around 25 cars were ever built.