Boyertown Museum Hosts Electric Vehicle Event Sunday

BOYERTOWN PA – A first-ever electric vehicle show hosted by the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles is scheduled for Sunday (July 18, 2021) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum parking lot, 85 S. Walnut St. Titled as “A ‘Current’ EVent,” it will feature examples of electric vehicles throughout several eras on display.

“A ‘Current’ EVent” is free to attend. The museum will be open for visitors at regular admission prices. Included with museum admission that day will be blacksmithing demonstrations in its 1872 Jeremiah Sweinhart Carriage Factory.

Two vehicles from the museum’s own collection will be featured: a 1919 Milburn Light Electric Opera Coupe, which just recently returned from being on exhibit at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance,
and a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit. The Rabbit, built at Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland Volkswagen factory, was converted to electric by South Coast Technology of California (SCT).

SCT contracted with the Battronic Division of Boyertown Auto Body Works to perform the electric conversion on more than 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” will be a 1933 Thorne B2 Gas-Electric hybrid delivery truck, on loan from Jay Crist. This particular Thorne utilizes a Continental 16 horsepower gasoline engine to generate electricity to run a motor that powers the drive train.

There will also be modern-day electric vehicle examples, including several Teslas courtesy of the
Delaware Valley Tesla Owners Club and Tesla Owners Club of Pennsylvania. Entropy Racing of Sacramento PA will also attend with two of their electric vehicle sports racers: fully electric race cars that have raced at tracks all up and down the East Coast.

Entropy Racing will also be bringing their unique (if not electric) car hauler, a 1951 American LaFrance.

Several times during the event, special speakers will discuss topics on electric vehicle history.

  • At 10:30 a.m., museum board member and automotive historian Sam Fiorani will kick things off with a brief history and future of electric vehicles.
  • At 11:30 a.m., Entropy Racing Chief Engineer Charlie Greenhaus will give a brief overview of its race car program and take questions.
  • At 1 p.m., Sam Fiorani will be back to give a history of the Westmoreland Volkswagen plant, and Robert Dare, Former Manager of Engineering for Battronic, and also chairman of the executive board of the museum, will explain the electric conversions done at Boyertown Auto Body Works.