November 19, 2019 KahnMedia


Part of the museum’s three-part series of electric vehicle-themed exhibits which opens November 20, 2019, “Alternating Currents: The Fall and Rise of Electric Vehicles” explains the evolving historical circumstances that led to today’s renewed interest in electric vehicles with 13 examples of electric vehicles made for road, trail and track  

LOS ANGELES (November 19, 2019) — On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum will debut a new exhibit that explores the history, development and resurgence of electric vehicles. Titled “Alternating Currents: The Fall and Rise of Electric Vehicles,” the display presents 13 classic and contemporary electric vehicles that showcase the adaptability of electric power for various transportation uses.

Located in the museum’s Propulsion Gallery, key vehicles on display include:
•    1915 Detroit Electric, an early electric car powered by a lead-acid battery
•    1960 Electric Shopper, a small errand-running car designed for urban consumers
•    1962 Henney Kilowatt, an electric adaptation of the gasoline-powered Renault Dauphine Sedan
•    2017 Bollinger Motors B1 prototype, a Class-3 sport utility truck for on-and-off-road hauling
•    2020 ElectraMeccanica Solo, a single-person vehicle inspired by the Corbin Sparrow

“Electric-powered vehicles represent the future of the automotive industry,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “This exhibit calls attention for museums and other cultural institutions to document the history of alternative power technologies and preserve examples of this rapidly changing aspect of transportation culture.”

The “Alternating Currents” exhibit will open simultaneously with the museum’s “Building an Electric Future” and “Shifting Paradigms” exhibits in the Production and Chuck Wegner Family Galleries, which explore the history of Volkswagen and its quest to become the world’s foremost electric vehicle manufacturer through the development of its ID series and MEB modular electric platform.

“Alternating Currents” will run through October 2020. For more information about the exhibit, please visit To learn more about the Petersen Automotive Museum, visit

About Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $14 for seniors and $11 for children ages 4 to 17. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under age 4 are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit