Autocanoe inventor plugs into electric car market

PORT TOWNSEND — If you’ve ever seen a Kinetic Skulpture race, you’ve probably seen John Montgomery or his sons, Gabe and Forrest, pedaling along in John’s invention, the Autocanoe.

Basically a canoe on wheels, it goes on land or water, making it the perfect all-purpose vehicle for Port Townsend.

Now, Montgomery is peddling vehicles that are an equally good match for the community — EVs, electric-powered vehicles.

“An EV is the perfect second car for Port Townsend,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery is the new representative for MC Electric Vehicles, a Seattle dealership that has branches in Spokane and Portland.

But given the range of EVs and their speed limit, they are tailor-made for a town the size of Port Townsend.

“The official state regulations regarding NEVs (neighborhood electric vehicles) allows you to drive a speed limit of 25 miles per hour,” Montgomery said.

“In essence, they’re perfect for Port Townsend.”

While he won’t be opening a car lot, Montgomery will have models available to test drive.

The Electric Vehicle Expo is April 15 at the Food Co-op, 414 Kearney St., off Sims Way in Port Townsend, starting at 10 a.m.

Electric cars, from IT sedans to utility trucks, will be available to test drive.

For more information, phone Montgomery, 360-385-5226.

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