The electric car is here and has been around for years. Buy a street legal golf cart. About $4k used. Get a yamaha and you'll have almost no maintenance. You cant go on a highway, but most other city streets are fair game.
You'll probably have to jump through some hoops to register it and insure it properly.
One nearby town has a bunch of folks driving these around. Some are using upgraded motors and 48v battery packs and they go 35mph.
Just...dont get into an accident with one....you will lose.
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.