You may see electric City of Ames vehicles on the road today and think that is a new “green” idea, but the city bought its first electric car in 1974. The “Citicar” manufactured by Sebring Vanguard has a top speed of 25 mph and can drive up to 50 miles on a single charge. It was equipped with 6 batteries and is powered by a 2.5 horsepower electric motor. The price tag, $2,465. Unpublished Tribune photo from June 18, 1974.