Seneca Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Employees and Guests

January 27, 2020

Seneca just finished the installation of three electric vehicle charging stations in different locations at its 140 acre site in Eugene, Oregon.  There is now an electric car charging station for Seneca’s mill employees, another for office staff, and another for guests.

Seneca is a family owned company with sustainability as a core value. Seneca also appreciates an idea whose time has come.

Charging Station for Mill Employees

Charging Station for Guests

Charging Station for Office Employees











DID YOU KNOW – The electric car has been around for generations.  Here are some highlights:

1832 – 1839

Scottish inventor Robert Anderson invents the first crude electric carriage powered by non-rechargeable primary cells.



American Thomas Davenport is credited with building the first practical electric vehicle — a small locomotive.



French physicist Gaston Planté invents the rechargeable lead-acid storage battery. In 1881, his countryman Camille Faure will improve the storage battery’s ability to

Electric Taxicabs in New York City in 1897

supply current and invent the basic lead-acid battery used in automobiles.



William Morrison of Des Moines, Iowa builds the first successful electric automobile in the United States.



A handful of different makes and models of electric cars are exhibited in Chicago.


The first electric taxis hit the streets of New York City early in the year. The Pope Manufacturing Company of Connecticut becomes the first large-scale American electric automobile manufacturer.

The first car designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche – an electric vehicle from 1898 – was recently uncovered in an Austrian garage after more thana century.


Ferdinand Porsche worked at an electrical engineering firm and debuted his first vehicle, the P1, on the streets in Vienna.  It was constructed by Porsche himself and had a rear-mounted “octagonal electric motor”.



Believing that electricity will run autos in the future, Thomas Edison begins his mission to create a long-lasting, powerful battery for commercial automobiles. Though his research yields some improvements to the alkaline battery, he ultimately abandons his quest a decade later.


The electric automobile is in its heyday. Of the 4,192 cars produced in the United States 28 percent are powered by electricity, and electric autos represent about one-third of all cars found on the roads of New York City, Boston, and Chicago.

Thomas Edison and an electric car


Henry Ford introduces the mass-produced and gasoline-powered Model T, which will have a profound effect on the U.S. automobile market.



Charles Kettering invents the first practical electric automobile starter. Kettering’s invention makes gasoline-powered autos more alluring to consumers by eliminating the unwieldy hand crank starter and ultimately helps pave the way for the electric car’s demise.



The Ford Model T is the most popular vehicle in the world. The price was $250 (about $6,400 in today’s dollars) versus $1,750 on average for an electric vehicle (about $43,000 in today’s dollars).

Henry Ford with the world’s best selling car, the Model T


During the 1920s the electric car ceases to be a viable commercial product. The electric car’s downfall is attributable to a number of factors, including the desire for longer distance vehicles, their lack of horsepower, and the ready availability of gasoline.



The U.S. Postal Service purchases 350 electric delivery jeeps from AM General, a division of AMC, to be used in a test program.



Congress passes the Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Research, Development, and Demonstration Act. The law is intended to spur the development of new technologies including improved batteries, motors, and other hybrid-electric components.

RT1 electric car prototype in Seattle, WA in the 1970s



Toyota unveils the Prius — the world’s first commercially mass-produced and marketed hybrid car — in Japan. Nearly 18,000 units are sold during the first production year.


1997 – 2000

A few thousand all-electric cars (such as Honda’s EV Plus, G.M.’s EV1, Ford’s Ranger pickup EV, Nissan’s Altra EV, Chevy’s S-10 EV, and Toyota’s RAV4 EV) are produced by big car manufacturers, but most of them are available for lease only.



G.M. announces that it will not renew leases on its EV1 cars saying it can no longer supply parts to repair the vehicles and that it plans to reclaim the cars by the end of 2004.



Tesla Motors publicly unveils the ultra-sporty Tesla Roadster at the San Francisco International Auto Show in November.



The first production Roadsters will be sold with a 200+ mile range and a base price listing of $98,950.



The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allocates $2 billion for development of electric vehicle batteries and related technologies. Later that year the Department of Energy awards $8 billion in loans to Ford, Nissan, and Tesla Motors to support the development of fuel-efficient vehicles.


2009 – Ford Fusion hybrid is released

2010 – Nissan Leaf all electric car sold. Synchronous electric motor used on front axle.

2010 – Mercedes-Benz collaborates with Tesla Motor Company to produce the A-Class E-Cell

2011 – Chevy Volt, hybrid car, sold in US market 25-50 mile range


The evolution of the electric car continues as its popularity soars. There were just under 3.3 million battery electric vehicles in use globally in 2018 and the numbers continue to rise.  It is an old idea whose time has come. We have embraced it here at Seneca.

Tesla Model S Charging