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The ComutaVan: An Odd Electric Postal Van From the 80s | MotorBiscuit

There was much buzz when it was first revealed that Oshkosh would be making the replacement for the old and dirty Grumman LLV postal vans. But this isn’t the first time an attempt was made to electrify the postal service. In the early 1980s, electric car company ComutaCar teamed up with USPS to build a small (and I do mean small) fleet of EV postal vans.

Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar circa 1974 | Marion S Trikosko/US News and World Report Photo Collection/PhotoQuest/Getty Images

The Vanguard ComutaCar was a wacky electric wedge

Starting its life in Florida, the Comutacar (originally called the Citicar) was first built in 1974. Two variants were made, the SV36 and SV48. One had a 36-volt battery capacity, the other had 48-volts. Try to guess which variant had which battery.

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