The Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation is a Washington State registered non profit corporation and a member of the National Association of Automobile Museums as well as the Antique Automobile Club of America. The Foundation exists for the prime purpose of education concerning the history of electric vehicles from the nineteenth century up to and beyond the twenty first century as well as preserving examples of these vehicles for all the peoples of the world to enjoy and learn from. We intend to build the world’s first International Electric Vehicle Museum and collect vehicles from around the world for display. Below are some examples of the types of vehicles we will be pursuing for the collection. The collection will contain very rare early electric vehicles for transportation as well as delivery vehicles for commerce. There will be wings dedicated to vehicles such as electric micro cars and performance electric vehicles. We wish to tell the whole story of electric vehicles. We will soon be doing our first fundraising campaign to purchase some of the type of vehicles pictured below. We will be using the crowd funding site, Indiegogo, that was so successful in raising funds to purchase Nikola Tesla’s last laboratory and property at Wardenclyffe in New York to restore to make the Tesla Science Center.
1901 Riker Electric Torpedo which set a record of traveling one mile in only 64 seconds, (57mph) This most likely was a US record because two years earlier in 1899 a Belgian named Camille Jenatzy took his electric racer “La Jamais Contente” meaning never satisfied to a speed of 65.8 mph becoming the first person to break 60 mph. In 1902 Walter Baker most famous for the Baker Electric automobile was the first to break 100 mph on May 31st, 1902 with his Baker Torpedo. Both the La Jamais Contente and Bakers Torpedo had cigar shaped bodies.