Washington could soon host the world's most comprehensive – and quirkiest – electric vehicle museum. The Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation, based in Port Townsend, WA, wants to build the world's first International Electric Vehicle Museum, displaying plug-in vehicles from around the world.

Founder Roderick 'Wildman' Wilde has been obsessed with EVs since 1993.

The Foundation has been set up to educate the public on the story of EVs, all the way from the late nineteenth century to beyond the early twenty-first century. Its founder, Roderick Wilde, has been obsessed with EVs since 1993 when he earned the the nickname "Wildman." That year, he entered the first EV race held at Phoenix International Raceways. His converted electric Mazda was short on safety equipment – saving his own life took his attention off winning the race and he had to settle for second place - but he was hooked.

Wilde thinks that the time is right for a museum like this. For the past 20 years, he's been dedicated to promoting electric vehicles as a "viable part of our transportation mix." He's been featured in the Wall Street Journal front page and has made appearances on two Discovery Channel TV shows. He runs two businesses in Sequim, WA, focused on EVs – one selling parts and the other dealing in vintage electric vehicles like golf cars and and the electric "people movers" manufactured long ago by Harley-Davidson.

For a taste of what the museum could look like, check out the foundations' photo gallery to view EVs such as the 1888 Flocken Electrowagen (which looks like a horse and buggy cart). The Auto Red Bug, a 1912 commercial truck, and the Elwell Parker baggage tug are owned by Bob Olfather, the museum's archivist. In the photo above, Wilde is standing next to a 1902 electric Studebaker owned by Don Robertson of Gold King Mine in Jerome, AZ (seated to the left).

The foundation will be using crowd funding site Indiegogo for financial support for its museum. The idea is to follow the lead set by the Tesla Science Center in fundraising through Indiegogo. The Tesla Science Center honors Nikola Tesla's last laboratory and property in Wardenclyffe, NY.

Other places where there is a museum-like EV space include the Dezer Collection's Electric Vehicle Museum and temporary exhibits at places like the LeMay Museum.


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      EZEE2
      • 11 Months Ago
      Dumbest headline in the history of headlines. An EV Museum, is going to focus on the history of EV's? What did we expect them to focus on? This just in: Jon vists McDonalds and noted that they focus on hamburgers. While stroking his chin thoughtfully, Jon observes that banks are 'all about money.' Nodding his head intently, Jon learns that Dan believes the key to the future is lightweight, aero, and low price. 'But, I thought they were friends!' Jon exclaims, upon learning that Arabs and israeli's have had disagreements.
        EVnerdGene
        • 11 Months Ago
        @EZEE2
        It is not so obvious from the name that McDonalds' focus is hamburgers. But if you check the grease trap out back, it becomes pretty obvious. (green note - my neighbor that makes his own biodiesel prefers TacoBell ? and dumps glycerin down the drain ?) Mr. Barrow; "why do you rob banks?"
      Marcopolo
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'm really disappointed that this article only attracted 6 comments (and only four about the article) . That's kinda sad, especially when you think of all the fanatical comments from those who purport to be EV supporters. These guys deserve more encouragement from ABG readers.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Just for the record I would like to state that I personally feel that history is very important and that the telling of it should be as accurate as possible. It has been said that all press is good press and I guess there is some truth in that. I would however like to set the record straight about our foundation and about myself. First of all I came in first in the race in 1993, not second as reported. I had lapped three fourths of the competition and was two thirds ahead of the second place car in a ten lap race. There was no safety issue. We were traveling freeway speeds hitting near 80 mph in the straightaway. Second, I was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB118593442187584293 John Wayland of "White Zombie" fame was the person who was featured. Third and foremost, we have not chosen a state or location for the museum. It will most likely be in the U.S. as our Board of Directors live there and together we have over 75 electric vehicles. Roderick Wilde, Executive Director Historic Electric vehicle Foundation
      Marcopolo
      • 11 Months Ago
      Terrific idea ! Roderick Wilde is a true EV pioneer ! Preservation of these early EV's is a really valuable contribution to the history of the US and it's culture. Every EV enthusiast should applaud the hard work and dedication of guys like Roderick Wilde and his mates, in creating a place where everyone can share the enjoyment of seeing these important icons of American industrial innovation.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's a hell of a drive to get there.... but shut up and take my money!!!
      EVnerdGene
      • 11 Months Ago
      Is this the same Wildman who spun-out on the first turn of the 1996 Phoenix EV race; and then got smacked by Tom Sneva, taking them both out of the race ?
      • 9 Months Ago
      There are now a number of independent projects dedicated towards the installation of rapid chargers for electric vehicles all up and down old Route 66. Once there are enough of them, as in a station once every 50 miles or so, still long patches in the desert that are not serviced, it will be possible for rental car companies to rent electric vehicles to the more than 200,000 international tourists every year who rent automobiles to cruise down the entire length of the road from Chicago down to the Santa Monica pier. You can find more information on the electric highway project on our website at www.electrichighway.org