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Electric vehicle group to support Route 66 festival

The Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation will bring electric vehicles and lend its support to the International Route 66 Festival on Aug. 14-17 in Kingman, Ariz., according to a news release from the group.

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 1932 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.

Here are two more photos of a few of the electric vehicles that will appear at the festival:

The idea of putting charging stations along Route 66 has been percolating for some time. This map shows charging stations or EV dealers along many of the larger cities along Route 66.

Tesla Motors in particular has been aggressive in building Supercharger stations. According to this map, Tesla will have stations along Route 66 every 150 miles or so.

Just a few years ago, that many stations would have been unthinkable.