The Boyertown Museum of Historical Vehicles is hosting its first-ever electric vehicle exhibit on Sunday, July 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A “current” EVent will showcase examples of electric vehicles from different eras in the parking lot of the Boyertown Museum at 85 South Walnut St.
On display are two vehicles from the museum’s own collection: a Milburn Light Electric Opera Coupé from 1919, which recently returned from its exhibition at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and a Volkswagen Rabbit from 1981.
The Rabbit, built at Volkswagen’s Westmoreland plant in Pennsylvania, was converted to electric by South Coast Technology of California (SCT). SCT hired the Battronic Division of Boyertown Auto Body Works to carry out electrical conversions for over 100 rabbits. The Boyertown Museum is housed in one of the former Boyertown Auto Body Works factory buildings.
Also on display for A “Current” EVent is a 1933 Thorne B2 gas-electric hybrid delivery van, generously loaned by Jay Crist. This particular Thorne uses a Continental 16 horsepower gasoline engine to generate electricity to run an engine that powers the drivetrain.
The museum is honored to share this early example of hybrid vehicle technology with visitors on July 18.
There will also be examples of modern electric vehicles, including several Teslas courtesy of the Delaware Valley Tesla Owners Club and the Tesla Owners Club of Pennsylvania. Entropy Racing of Sacramento, PA will also be in attendance with two of its Electric Vehicle Sports Racers (EVSR) – all-electric racing cars that have raced on tracks along the east coast.
Entropy Racing will also bring their unique (if not electric) car transporter – an American LaFrance from 1951.
Several times during the event, specialist speakers will discuss topics relating to the history of electric vehicles.
At 10:30 am, Boyertown Museum board member and automotive historian Sam Fiorani will begin a brief history and future of electric vehicles.
At 11:30 am, Entropy Racing Chief Engineer Charlie Greenhaus will give a brief overview of the EVSR program and answer questions.
At 1 p.m. Sam Fiorani will be back to tell the story of Volkswagen’s Westmoreland factory and Robert Dare, former manager of engineering at Battronic and also chairman of the Boyertown Museum, will explain the boyertown electrical conversions and bodywork.
Food will be available from CD’s Place Catering and Eatery and Mister Softee. Participation in a “current” event is free of charge. The museum is open to visitors at regular admission prices. The museum admission on this day includes blacksmithing demonstrations in our Jeremiah Sweinhart carriage factory from 1872.
Also on view in the museum is the World War II exhibition, A Rosie Outlook: World War II and the Girls with a Star-Spangled Heart, which can now be seen until September 2021. The Boyertown Museum also has several other electric vehicles on display in the museum’s museum gallery, including a 1912 Commercial Truck Company truck used by Curtis Publishing in Philadelphia and a 1919 Detroit Electric.
The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by Paul and Erminie Hafer in 1965. The museum at 85 South Walnut Street in Boyertown preserves and displays examples of Pennsylvania’s road transportation history in the former factory buildings of the Boyertown Auto Body Works.
More than 90 locally made cars, trucks, carriages, bicycles, and motorcycles are on display, as well as two examples of street architecture – a country-style Sunoco gas station from 1921 and a Jerry O’Mahony diner from 1938.
The museum is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $ 10 for adults, $ 9 for seniors and AAA members, and children under 15 are free. The exterior of the museum is currently under construction but will remain open. For more information, call 610-367-2090 or visit www.boyertownmuseum.org.