The plug-in vehicle grassroots are a little less vibrant today with the news that EV advocate Doug Korthof has passed way. We were lucky to have Korthof's voice appear in the AutoblogGreen comments from time to time, but his true contribution to the field was his long-time commitment to getting more and more people excited about plug-in vehicles, going back to the fight over crushing perfectly functional electric vehicles in the middle of the last decade. As Plug In America put it, "Doug was a passionate advocate for plug-in vehicles, who worked tirelessly to educate anyone who would listen about the benefits of driving electric." He was also deeply committed to solar power.
Anyone who would like to remember Korthof's mission with a financial contribution can donate to a memorial fund set up through Adopt A Charger. The money raised will be used to install and maintain one or more charging locations in Korthof's honor. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Rosen, and sons William and Ed Korthof.
For those of us involved in the fight to stop the automaker's practice of removing working electric vehicles from the road, Doug was always there, working late night shifts and volunteering to help with most any task. He was a prolific writer whose musings on electric transportation can still be found on numerous websites.
Doug's passions ran far beyond plug-in vehicles. He was also a strong advocate for solar energy, opening the family home to numerous tours, speaking at public events and government hearings, and helping out at his son William's solar business. In his home of Orange County California, Doug is well known for leading roles in stopping the offshore dumping of lightly treated municipal sewerage through the county's ocean outfall pipe. He was also a moving force to reduce the size and scope of development on the Bolsa Chica Wetlands as well as a strong voice for the rights of Native Americans, whose ancestral villages and burial grounds were being disturbed by development.
Doug is survived by his wife Lisa Rosen, and sons William and Ed Korthof.
Doug's loss will be felt far and wide in the Plug-in community. If you'd like to help celebrate Doug's contributions, a Doug Korthof Memorial Charger Fund has been established to fund the installation and maintenance of one or more charging locations in Doug's honor. With the help of Doug's family, locations will be selected near Doug's family home in Seal Beach California or his alma-mater, Cal State Long Beach. The installation and maintenance will be managed by the non-profit organization, Adopt-A-Charger. If you'd like to donate to this effort you can do so here:
-Plug In America