Recharging Electric Car At Subway In Glennallen

Tanking up electrically at the Glennallen Subway. (Photo, Country Journal)  Glennallen Subway Is One Of Few Places On Alaskan Highways With ...

Tanking up electrically at the Glennallen Subway.
(Photo, Country Journal) 

Glennallen Subway Is One Of Few Places On Alaskan Highways With Electric Charging Station

Chris Hall, who operates several charging stations in eastern roadside Alaska, charging his  electric car at the Subway electric charging station. (Photo, Country Journal) 

Way.com Website Lists Stations In The Copper Valley 

The Copper Valley is facing a new transition in travel on the Glenn and Richardson Highways. In the late 1890s and early 1900s, travel  up the Valdez Trail was by walking,  dogsled or horse sled.

You can't travel without fuel.

In the early days, the fuel for walkers was a good hot meal, offered at the next lodge. For the dogs, it was dog food. And for the horses, every lodge had a nearby hayfield to provide fuel for the horses. 

Over a hundred years ago, the first cars began wending their way through the Copper Valley. In many ways, those cars were experiments. They required small ferries to get them across rivers. They got stuck in the mud. They carried along extra tires to fix their never-ending flats. And they needed something that was hard to find in the wilderness: gasoline. 

Today, electric vehicles are making their first forays into the valley. Their electrical rechargers, scattered across Alaska, parallel some of the early challenges of years past.


Early vehicle with extra tires at Sourdough Roadhouse. (Historic photo) 


Electric vehicles are beginning their experiment across Alaska. One challenge of course, is the newness of electric vehicles. Another -- as in the past -- is the current lack of infrastructure to support the cars. 

Last week, Chris Hall, who operates electrical recharging stations in Cantwell, Delta Junction and at the Subway in Glennallen, was at the Subway, charging up his own electric car (above.) 


The Way.com Site Shows These Places In Our Region As Recharging Stations  



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