Illinois to Host Electric Vehicle Cruise-In on Famous Route 66 This Summer

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 4

Vintage Route 66 Postcard

Vintage Route 66 Postcard

Officially commissioned in 1926, Route 66 (aka Will Rogers Highway, Main Street of America and the Mother Road) was one of the original highways within the US and today stands as a landmark of sorts for automobiles.

Route 66

Route 66

Back in the early days, Route 66 was not paradise for travelers.  Most of the Route lacked gas stations, which forced drivers to exit the highway in search of nearby towns.  Gas stations near Route 66 were basically non-existent, so owners of nearby hardware and grocery stores acted to remedy the situation by installing single gas pumps at their stores.  This solved the issue of traveling on Route 66 for some time, but eventually a build out of the infrastructure to support long-distance travel was required.   Enter the modern-day gas or service station.

Today, we’re experiencing a similar situation in regards to the charging infrastructure required to transform electric vehicles into long-distance machines.

With that in mind, Atlanta, Illinois (a village near Route 66) wants to relive the past and celebrate the future and will do so by hosting Illinois’ first “Electric Vehicle Cruise-In” on June 8, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The idea is to draw attention to Route 66 and to drum up support for the installation of charging stations along the infamous highway.  In a way, this idea mimics what occurred in the early days of the Route.  Back then it was gas stations.  Now it’ chargers.

Drivers of all vehicle are invited to the free cruise-in.  18 public charging stations will be available at the cruise-in.  Charging is absolutely free.

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4 responses to "Illinois to Host Electric Vehicle Cruise-In on Famous Route 66 This Summer"

  1. Open-Mind says:

    I don’t have an EV yet, but hey it’s less than an hour away! Could be fun if there is at least one other conservative present. 😉

    Question … in what respect is Route 66 considered “infamous”?

    Definition – Adjective:
    1) Well known for some bad quality or deed.
    2) Wicked; abominable: “infamous misconduct”.

    1. Mark H says:

      Think “pre-interstate” infrastructure. It used to be Hwy 1 opposed to I 95 for us east coast dwellers. Try driving Hwy 1 near you and you will get the picture. There was a transportation world full of stop lights, small towns, diners, and the birth of rock & roll. “Get your kicks on Route 66….”

      1. Open-Mind says:

        That’s sort of my point. You’re describing a piece of mostly beloved Americana.

        Charles Manson is “infamous”. Route 66 … not so much.

        But I just noticed the article has been updated to say “famous”, so I’ll stop griping now. 🙂

        1. Eric Loveday says:

          @ Open-Mind

          Yes…your point was well received and I modified the title. I’d say it’s both infamous and famous, but more of the later…So I changed the title. Thanks for your input