Autos: Next: the Voltswagon?

Sparked by increasing concern over air pollution caused by cars with conventional internal-combustion engines, proposals for electric cars have been regularly tumbling out of Government, industry and academic research proj ects. The latest came last week, when American Motors Corp. showed off its Amitron, a three-passenger, snub-snouted electric car, at a Detroit hotel.

With its advanced power system, declared American's chairman, Roy D. Chapin Jr., the machine "could eliminate many problems that up to this point have made electric-type cars impractical." The car is being developed with an ultimate capability of up...

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