’70s EV hobbyists believed they were on the verge of something big

Because of consumer demand — primarily in California, where plug-in electric vehicle sales recently passed the half million mark — major automakers have embraced the electric car, and are introducing new models every year.

But in 1976, electric vehicles were only the stuff of hobbyists.

Take for example the small group of EV enthusiasts that met on the first Monday of each month in Hal’s Electric Shop in Bakersfield.