1914 Detroit Electric car, owned by GE scientist Charles Steinmetz, Schenectady, NY, June 2011Enlarge Photo
With more than 100,000 electric cars on U.S. roads--and thousands more added each month--advocates and historians are turning their attention to the last time cars with plugs rolled out of U.S. factories, almost 100 years ago.
But as far as we know, there's no single museum or entity in the U.S. whose sole mission is to present the history of plug-in electric cars.
That may be about to change, if a post in electric-vehicle forum Electrifying Times by collector and historian Roderick Wilde is any indication.
In late May, Wilde wrote:
In January I founded a nonprofit corporation, titled the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation, with the sole purpose of building the world's first International Electric Vehicle Museum. It will most likely to be located here in the Northwest.
Over a period of eight months, I gathered together a group of very talented individuals for the Board of Directors and we will soon have our [Federal] 501(c)3 [certification].
We are already committed to doing a joint exhibition with the National Hot Rod Association later this year, to be held at the NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California.
I will let you all know once our web site is up and our Facebook page as well.
As of yet, the Foundation does not have its website up or its Facebook page live.
Nor is an event listed on the NHRA Museum's calendar--but we'll keep you posted.
We wish Wilde well in his venture, and hope that the history of U.S. and global electric-car production--both current and past--will become better known by car buyers at large as more plug-in vehicles travel our roads.
Cars like the Detroit Electric were a significant part of the nation's fleet in the early 1900s, and there were many experimental battery-electric and series hybrid electric cars built before 1920 or so.
What vehicles would you expect to see in the collection of an electric-car museum?Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.