It's unlikely that Bobby Troup had this in mind when he penned (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 in 1946, but the Mother Road is being suggested by at least one automotive group as key to a transcontinental electric highway. The Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation (HEVF) says it supports the idea of making Route 66 the "core" of a network of electric-vehicle chargers, but few details are emerging as far as the number of stations and who would pay for them. Those details could be worked out at the Route 66 International Festival that will take place in Kingman, AZ in August. The festival theme is "Crossroads of the Past and Future," so charging up Route 66 fits it nicely.

The effort dovetails with HEVF's goal to build what it says will be the first International Electric Vehicle Museum. That facility will house a 1930 Detroit Electric, a 1960 Electric Shopper and a 1961 Trident, among other vehicles.

Route 66 was officially in operation between Chicago and Santa Monica, CA, between 1926 and 1985, before being usurped by the US interstate system, though portions of the Mother Road are still used for historic and nostalgia purposes. It's a beautiful stretch of road, in parts, and would be excellent to tour in an EV. Meanwhile Oregon and Washington State continue to work on their own electric superhighway, pushing for quick chargers every 25 to 50 miles along Interstate 5 in the Pacific Northwest. And Tesla Motors is taking a more private approach, having built out a network of 73 high-powered Supercharger stations that Model S owners can use for free. Meanwhile, take a look at the HEVF's press release below.
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Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation to Support Route 66 Festival

Carlsborg, WA – Janurary 28th, 2014 – The Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation, HEVF, has been invited to participate in the Route 66 International Festival, http://kingman66fest.com in Kingman, Arizona on August 14th through the 17th. After reviewing the information on the festival the HEVF Board of Directors voted unanimously to not only attend, but to support the concept of using Route 66 as the core of America's First National Electric Highway. According to Roderick Wilde, Executive Director of HEVF, it was the theme that got their attention, "Crossroads of the Past and Future" but it was the conferences and exhibits that clinched the deal. The conferences include:
  • 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


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      BraveLil'Toaster
      • 10 Months Ago
      Well, it's too bad that I-5 beat them to it by about 5 years, and then there's the Tesla Supercharger network. But that's okay, because Route 66 is kind of in the past anyway.
      Bipolar Boozer
      • 10 Months Ago
      weird!
      • 10 Months Ago
      that is cool
      2 wheeled menace
      • 10 Months Ago
      That'd be cool, but there has to be demand for the cars. We still need cheaper EVs with 100 mile ranges, minimum. Only so many can afford something like a Tesla, after all.
        DaveMart
        • 10 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        It looks like Nissan is intending a 150 mile range version for 2015. They have surveyed Nissan owners to find out what premiums people would be prepared to pay for that: http://insideevs.com/nissan-asks-how-much-of-a-premium-would-you-pay-for-a-150-mile-epa-rated-leaf/ So it looks like Nissan are bang on the schedule they outlined in 2009: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2009/11/nissan-nmc-20091129.html VW also reckon that they have a battery with around 80% higher energy density than the ones in the E-Up, which is why they have OK'd the Audi R8 E-tron for production.
          DaveMart
          • 10 Months Ago
          @DaveMart
          If they could have 150 miles of range, a lot of people would go bug eyed and proud of it! ;-) Here in Europe we will probably have a 150 mile range Zoe instead, but bug eyed is good enough for Americans, says Nissan!
          Spec
          • 10 Months Ago
          @DaveMart
          I just hope Nissan gives us an alternate body style. Not everyone wants bug-eye.
        DaveMart
        • 10 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        From the Zoe Press release: ' Named by EuroNCAP as the best supermini ZOE has already sold 10,000 units and has more surprises in store as we move into 2014...' That's a pretty heavy hint. It looks to me as though 150 mile range cars from the Nissan/Renault group are coming in 2014, not 2015. Suck it up, Elon!
          2 wheeled menace
          • 10 Months Ago
          @DaveMart
          Competition sucks for the companies.. but not us! I think that Tesla goofed when they axed the 40kw-hr Mode S, but they still have a chance to bring an affordable car to market.
        jeff
        • 10 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Tesla and Nissan are working on it... GM claims to be....
        2 wheeled menace
        • 10 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Hey, thanks for the article! A 150 mile range Nissan Leaf would be a blockbuster!! So that's where Eric Loveday went, huh..
          DaveMart
          • 10 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          He seems to be 'Mr EV Insider' as far as I can tell. They get the news up about a week before ABG has an article.
      Jim1961
      • 10 Months Ago
      This sounds like a great idea to me because I live in St. Louis, Missouri but I foresee Tesla dominating in the future with it's supercharger network. The next phase of the supercharger network will include route 66. Other automakers will need to adapt to use the supercharger network. Apparently, it takes a rocket scientist to orchestrate the most disruptive transportation technology since the advent of the steam engine.
        Jim1961
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Jim1961
        The record attempt taking place right now by Tesla might be broken in the future by taking parts of route 66. (Interstates 40 and 44)
      • 10 Months Ago
      This sounds great! I traveled along of Route 66 from OK City to LA this past summer with the Ride the Future Tour (http://vimeo.com/78132613), and it would have been great to see charging stations along the route. It would allow EV drivers to cross the country along a vacation route while seeing vast expanses of the countryside. For it to be practical, you would need quick chargers ever 30 miles or so. Starting with Level 2 Chargers would allow people with lots of time to do it, though.
      • 10 Months Ago
      The future is now
      Hotdoghuey
      • 10 Months Ago
      2 wheeled...how did they screw up? They programmed the 60kw hour to only use 40, so one less component combo to build...all changed via software which can be upgraded at anytime by tesla to the standard 60kw performance...if they could use the 85 and "de-tune" it for both 60 and 40 that would be even smarter (they may already do this, not sure)
      GoodCheer
      • 10 Months Ago
      You can drive from Miami, FL to Vancouver BC charging only at Superchargers. I'd say the 'core of a charger network' ship has sailed.
      • 9 Months Ago
      The Route 66 Electric Highway project started back in 2006 with a documentary produced by Electrifying Times magazine. To read more on the history, go to our website www.electrichighway.org
      Scott R
      • 10 Months Ago
      I vote for US 50 from Sacramento to Washington, DC. Still in use today and runs through the center of the lower 48. Extend it on the west end along I-80 to San Francisco. Tesla has a supercharger along US50 already in Folsom.
      jeff
      • 10 Months Ago
      That would be very cool.... I honestly think that EV's will revise the classic road trip....
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