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.

EVA/DC Members in Maryland Can Get Special Electrified Maryland Plates!

Special organizational license plates have been approved for EVA/DC members who reside in the state of Maryland.

These plates can be used on any car, van or truck, they don’t have to be on an EV. If you are a member who lives in Maryland, contact the EVA/DC treasurer, Scott Wilson, for information on obtaining these plates. If you are not a member, you can join EVA/DC today!

2011 Power of DC SCCA AutoCross and NEDRA Drag Racing June 11 and 12

Dave Bollinger racing his Tesla at the Power of DC at the
Valley Mall in Hagerstown (photo by Kevin Gilbert, Herald-Mail)

July 18, 2011 – EVA/DC held its 11th Annual Power of DC AutoCross and Drag Race June 11 and 12 in Hagerstown, Maryland.

The event was open to EVs and Hybrids. The SCCA AutoCross course was at the Valley Mall and the NEDRA sanctioned drag racing was at Mason Dixon Dragway. Information is available on the Power of DC website at

EVA/DC at the 2011 Washington DC Auto Show

EVA/DC’s EV display at the 2011 DC Auto Show

January 29, 2011 – EVA/DC was at the Washington DC Auto Show this year with a irridescent green-blue Tesla Roadster, Electric RAV-4 EV, Electric Fiero, brand new 2011 Smart Electric and a Plug-In Solar Prius. The show runs through February 6. The vehicles were driven to the show under their own power during the January 26 snowstorm that hit DC, except for the new electric Smart car that was shipped from the factory to the show. We didn’t want it to get the new paint job dirty.

Mark Mercer and his electric Fiero and Rob Neighbour’s RAV-4 EV

Mindy Kimball and her new 2011 Smart Electric

See photos from the 2009 auto show at AutoBlogGreen