[Oeva-list] The Sunday Oregonian, 1915: Driving Electric on the Columbia Highway...In almost 100 years later the dream becomes a reality!

HORVAT Ashley N Ashley.N.HORVAT at odot.state.or.us
Mon Apr 15 10:55:43 PDT 2013

What an incredible find-an article from a Sunday Oregonian published in 1915, penned to describe the need to EV charging stations along the Gorge for EV drivers! The talented Robert Hadlow, ODOT's Region 1 Senior Historian, was responsible for uncovering this gem and we are incredibly grateful. History can teach us a thing or two, right?

Now, in 2013, the Columbia River Gorge has been electrified thanks to the West Coast Electric Highway EV Charging Stations in Cascade Locks, Hood River, and soon to be The Dalles. Troutdale and Wood Village also have EV charging stations.

What was once the dream of a few adventurous travelers trying to make the Columbia Highway the place to drive an electric car, has now become a reality. These intrepid travelers, Charles E. Warner and Will Spalding should be credited as the first two EV drivers to traverse the Columbia Highway in an EV.

In a quote that just as soon could be ripped from the pages of a Sunday Oregonian in 2013, one of the drivers stated, "It is to be hoped that the owners of electrics will be able to enjoy the Columbia Highway, along with the gas cars and they can do so by charging fully before starting. After the proposed charging stations are installed, electric cars may go clear to Multnomah Falls."

Not only can EV drivers travel to Multnomah Falls in an EV in 2013, they can travel as far as The Dalles along the Gorge, as well as to Mt. Hood, up and down U.S. 101 from Astoria to Coos Bay by this summer, and across the Cascades to Bend in the next year.

What a great piece to give a little perspective on a Monday morning. I'm just sorry that it took almost a 100 years...

I really found one of the sub headers that said "Troutdale Hill the Hardest" entertaining.



Ashley N. Horvat, State of Oregon EV Lead
Oregon Department of Transportation
Office of Innovative Partnerships & Alternative Funding MS 32
355 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-3871
Cell: 503.385.3293
Fax: 503.986.3679
Email: ashley.n.horvat at odot.state.or.us<mailto:ashley.n.horvat at odot.state.or.us>
Project Website: www.oregonelectrichighway.com<http://www.oregonelectrichighway.com>
Twitter: @ashleyinoregon

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