The Marketplace: The Plug-In Compact

Ever since the last Baker Electric hummed down Main Street, dowager at the tiller, rose in the bud vase, esoteric autophiles have been yearning for the return of the stately "bucket of volts" that was as quiet as a railroad watch and almost as cheap to operate.

Last week an enterprising young man named Barry Stuart, of Kalamazoo. Mich., was showing off the pilot model of a brand-new electric family car. Designed to sell for around $1,600, the Stuart is a boxy but commodious fiber-glass creation driven by a 4-h.p. motor, will hold two adults, two kids, and lots of groceries....

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