EVs on display in car museums across the U.S.
05.23.2019 - by Silvia Gonzalez
EVs on display in car museums across the U.S.

Many automotive museums feature classic electric vehicles, from early 1900s models up to the EV1 and beyond. Below are some locations where you can view impressive EVs! We recommend calling each museum before your visit to ensure the vehicles you want to see are on display.

If you know a location with EVs that is not on this list, add it below in the comments.

Petersen Automotive Museum
Los Angeles, CA
Includes several EVs in its collection, including a 1914 Galt Gas-Electric Hybrid and a 1996 General Motors EV1.

Route 66 EV Museum
Kingman, AZ
The only museum in the world solely dedicated to electric vehicles.

Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
Fairbanks, AK
This museum includes three electric vehicles in its collection.

The Studebaker Museum
South Bend, IN
This museum features a 1904 Studebaker Victoria-Phaeton.

Larz Anderson Auto Museum
Brookline, MA
This museum features two electric vehicles, including the 1905 Electromobile, an English electric car.

Gilmore Car Museum
Hickory Corners, MI
The museum features a 1999 Ford Ranger EV, a 1999 EV Global Electric Bike, a 1915 Rauch & Lang Electric and a 1903 Columbia.

National Automobile Museum
Reno, NV
This museum features a 1912 Baker Electric V, Special Extension Coupe once owned by Andy Griffith, as well as a 1973 Battery Box Experimental Electric Streamliner.

LeMay Collections at Marymount
Tacoma, WA
The collection includes a 1912 Standard Electric Open Tourer and a 1978 Battronic Electric.


Photo: 1994 US Electricar GTP Coupe on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

8 comments on “EVs on display in car museums across the U.S.”
  1. Alberto Chavez says:

    Hey there! i have an extremely rare piece of electric vehicle history and are wondering if you guys would like to purchase. I have an Original 1977 Jet Industries Electra 500, not a 600 but a 500 which were not sold on the market. This is an extremely rare piece to find. if interested let me know thank you.

  2. nancy vandermey says:

    https://www.nethercuttcollection.org/ in Sylmar, CA has an EV1 but you have to sign up for the (free) guided tour, it’s in the ‘collection’ not the ‘museum’. Very interesting facility, I recommend the tour.

  3. Howard L Johnson says:

    Cleveland, OH… https://www.wrhs.org/blog/tag/crawford-auto-aviation-museum/
    They have a large number of EVs and some cars built with stainless steel..

  4. Justin Wurzburg says:

    Seal Cove Auto Museum, up near Acadia National Park in Maine, has three old electrics. 1908 Rauch & Lang, 1913 Kimball, and a 1922 Detroit Electric. Did you know Henry Ford’s wife refused to drive gasoline and got a new electric car every two years?

  5. Bob Oldfather says:

    The WAAAM museum in Hood River Oregon has a beautiful 100 point restored Detroit Electric.

  6. Mark Looper says:

    The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, in Washington, DC on the National Mall, has what I understand to be the only intact GM EV1 still in existence. The few others that weren’t crushed had controllers or other subsystems removed by GM so that nobody would get any funny ideas about driving them again, but the Smithsonian had enough pull to refuse this precondition to the donation.

  7. ira josephs says:

    How about the Boyertown PA Museum of Historic Vehicles! https://boyertownmuseum.org/whats-new/
    It is housed in a building that built electric vehicles in the 60’s and 70’s and retrofitted some Volkswagen Golfs to run electric. You can charge up there too!

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