September 23rd, 2015 – Kingman, AZ – Recent developments such as the Tesla models S and P90D, and ground shattering technological advancements facilitated by the efforts of the National Electric Drag Racing Association, is changing the dull and boring perception of electric vehicles. Quite to the contrary, these machines are really starting to electrify our imaginations. For anyone who still doubts the potential of this very new – and very old – technology, let the Buckeye Bullet 2.5 electric streamliner jump start your awareness to the power of battery powered transportation. This streamliner was built and first raced in 2009 by students at The Ohio State University. It set two international F.I.A. (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) records in 2010; the mile record of 307.666 mph (495.140 km/hr) and the kilometer record of 307.905 mph (495.526 km/hr), currently making it fastest electric car in the world under international regulations. Overall, the car reached a top speed that exceeded 321 mph.The Buckeye Bullet 2.5 is currently on loan from the Wally Parks National Hot Rod Association Motorsports Museum in Pomona, CA with permission of the owner, The Ohio State University, at the Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum located in the Historic Powerhouse Visitor Center in Kingman, AZ. This brings the Museum’s span of electric vehicle history and development to 100 years, from 1909 to 2009.
In addition to the Buckeye Bullet 2.5, there have been many new additions to the Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum over the last year, pushing it to near capacity. Other artifacts include several electric micro cars, Willie Nelson’s classic Rolls Royce style golf cart with a wet bar, and “Gone Postal”, an all-wheel drive drag racing postal van from the Discovery Channel pilot tilted “Sucking Amps”.
The Foundation is now turning its attention to creating a richer experience for Museum guests. In the coming months, a major fund-raiser will be initiated to enhance exhibits with enlarged period photograph prints on the museum’s massive wall space. Plans are in place for full time docent to explain the exhibits and engage museum guests with a personal experience. In addition, the Foundation seeks to upgrade the theater space and feature pertinent videos to complement the electric vehicle exhibits.
“We want our guests from around the world to leave wishing to return to see what is new and exciting on their next visit” says Foundation Executive Director Roderick Wilde. After a year, visitors to the exhibit already represent all 50 U.S. states and some 70 countries stretching across the globe.
On October 16, the Route 66 Electric Vehicle Museum will be keep doors open until 7 pm in the evening for a special welcoming of The 2nd Annual National Route 66 Motor Tour. Jointly hosted by the Kingman Visitor Center, Route 66 Association of Kingman, and Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona, the reception will be open to the public. Everyone is welcome to mingle with tour participants and see the Buckeye Bullet 2.5 and entire collection of electric vehicles.
- Project to Transform ROUTE 66 into America’s First Electric Highway
- Presentation about the installation of charging stations along the Mother Road
- History of Electric and Alternative Energy Vehicles in America
According to Wilde the festival will give HEVF an opportunity to showcase their foundation and their goal of building the world’s first International Electric Vehicle Museum. The foundation will be bringing approximately a half dozen electric vehicles of historical significance to the festival for exhibition. These will include a 1930 Detroit Electric, a 1960 Electric Shopper, a 1961 Trident, and the World’s first electric Street Rod, a 1929 Ford Roadster which has been featured in several magazines and international car shows. Also a 400 mile range EV2, the creation of HEVF’s Marketing Director, John Wayland, who will be driving it from Oregon to the festival. There also will be more EVs to be announced later. You can check the web site of the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation, www.hevf.org, or their Facebook page
1960 Electric Shopper in upcoming California Automobile Museum Exhibit
Carlsborg, WA – Janurary 26th, 2014 – A 1960 “Electric Shopper” electric micro car owned by Roderick Wilde, Executive Director of the Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation, www.hevf.org will be the first vehicle you see when you enter the California Automobile Museum’s new exhibit titled: “It’s Electrifying! Alternative Fuel Vehicles in California” which will run from February 15th through June 15th”. The museum is located at 2200 Front Street in Sacramento, California. For further information on the exhibit or the museum please visit their web site, http://www.calautomuseum.org/
The “Electric Shopper” was an electric vehicle built by The Electric Car Company of California which was formed in 1951 in Long Beach. The model FG-75 fiberglass “Electric Shopper” debuted in 1960 and only lasted until 1962 when the company sold. Mr. Wilde’s “Electric Shopper” is currently on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California in a show titled “Fins: Form without Function” which ends February 2nd. It just happens to be the only electric vehicle in the show. Leslie Mark Kendall, Curator of the Petersen stated: “the Shopper continues to be a hit and we could not be more delighted to have it.”