In Memory of Bob Beaumont


The electric vehicle movement lost a pioneer October 24 with the passing of Bob Beaumont who was 79. Bob is credited with his creation of the CitiCar and later, the Tropica, which he created in the early 90s. At one time his electric car company, Seabring-Vanguard was the 4th largest auto company in the US.

At Bob’s memorial service in Columbia, Maryland, former EVA/DC President, Dave Goldstein recanted the story of Bob and his meeting with Detroit executives who were trying to have his CommutaCar, the predecesor to the CitiCar, banned in Michigan as being “unsafe.” When Bob got up and whacked his CommutaCar several times with a baseball bat, with no apparent damage, and then asked the execs if he could try that with their cars! – to which they recoiled with horror. The execs dropped their criticism and Bob continued to sell CommutCars, producing about 2,200, more than any US manufacturer until recent times. To this day, there have been no fatalities or serious injuries from owners driving Bob’s CommutaCar or CitiCar.

Bob was the inspiration for many EVers and his EV spirit continues to live on.

See the October 30 New York Times story on Bob and his legacy.

Bob Beaumont photo (above) from page 370 of “The Lost Cord” by Barbara Taylor, a great book on the history of the electric car and Bob Beaumont’s anecdotal experience building the CitiCar and the Tropica.

National Plug-In Day 2011

UPDATE: Plans for 2012 National Plug In Day
EVADC’s own Joe Lado [way to go, Joe!] is working to organize this year’s National Plug In Day celebration. National Plug In Day is an event organized by the Sierra Club, Plug-In America and the Electric Auto Association, of which EVADC is a chapter, to celebrate and encourage people to use plug-in electric vehicles in an environmentally beneficial way. We need you to be involved in National Plug In Day in Washington, DC. Last year we had Gina Coplon-Newfield, Sierra Club’s national coordinator for plug-in electric vehicle initiatives help organize and speak at our event. This year we are looking forward to having much greater participation by the local plug-in vehicle owners and community as a whole.
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– Charlie Garlow, President, EVA/DC

2011 National Plug In Day:
What a great time we had this weekend at the National Plug In Day on the Capitol Mall at 3rd and Pennsylvania Ave NW. It was an unprecedented nationwide observance drawing global attention to the environmental, economic and other benefits of plug-in electric vehicles through simultaneous events staged in at least twenty major cities nationwide.

See the National Plug-In Day Photostream:

EVA/DC brought along great cars, and e-bikes/e-scooters, and great people joined the great weather. Does it get any better than this? Three Volts, one LEAF, one Smart, one Solar Prius, one RAV4EV, one Tesla, one BMW Z3 EV, one Chevy S-10, two Vectrixes [Vectri?], two A2B e-bikes. Phil’s three wheel leaning trike, other leaning e-trikes, what else did I forget? Oh, and the honky tonk band, the Capitol Hillbillies on piano, harmonica and guitar.

Thanks to Joe Lado for taking the lead on planning the event.