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

Eric Cha ericc at xenopi.com
Mon Apr 15 12:04:55 PDT 2013

So cool!


On 4/15/2013 10:55 AM, HORVAT Ashley N wrote:
> 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.
> Best,
> Ashley
> *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
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