About PA Electrics
PA Electrics advocates and encourages the use of electric powered vehicles, ranging from inexpensive bicycles and scooters, to the more expensive highway speed vehicles.
The electric vehicle is not new. They were developed in the 1830's and by the late 1890's outsold gasoline cars ten to one. In recent years, there has been a rebirth of interest in electric vehicles, due to concerns about air pollution and the rising cost of gasoline.
Electric vehicles are feasible today, not in ten or more years like some of the other alternative fueled vehicles. Infrastructure is already in place for electric vehicles, they can plug right into normal household electrical outlets.
The electric vehicle is environmentally and consumer friendly. They have fewer moving parts than a typical gasoline vehicle. Electric vehicles do NOT need gasoline, oil, antifreeze, spark plugs, exhaust systems or emissions testing. The body parts on electric vehicles are usually made out of materials that are less likely to rust. These vehicles require little to no maintenance and costs the consumer as little as 1.5 cents per mile, much more cost effective than a traditional gasoline vehicle.
If you are considering the purchase of an electric bicycle, electric tricycle, electric scooter or other electric vehicle, or would like to see one, stop by our shop.
We have several different models, including both new and used, from various companies on display. If you are unable to stop by, you can also browse the various electric manufacturers listed on our site.
PA Electrics came about because of a David Letterman interview with Tom Hanks. It sounds kind of funny, but it is true.
One night our company founder was unable to sleep, so he was watching David Letterman. Tom Hanks was Dave's guest that evening and he was on the show talking about his all electric car. (If you click on the link it will take you to the video of the interview on youtube.com.)
The cost of gas at the time was $1.89 a gallon. His commute back and forth to work cost around $40 a week to fill his vehicle with gas. The thought of not having to buy gasoline for a vehicle intrigued him. He began to search for more information about electric vehicles.
The more information he found, the more he began thinking seriously about starting a vehicle dealership that would sell various electric vehicles to the general public. He began researching funding for his business idea. Names were considered and rejected, until finally PA Electrics was registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State in June of 2004.
During his search for information about electric vehicles, he found several studies on the oil supply and gasoline prices. That Easter at a family gathering, he predicted that gasoline would reach over $2 per gallon by that summer. He was told that would never happen. "When pigs fly" was one of the phrases used. To the family's dismay, he was correct, however it actually was during the spring when gas reached over $2 a gallon.
The more information he uncovered, the more interested he became in the pure electric vehicle technology. Some interesting facts that he found were:
In the late 1800s Electric Vehicles outsold Gasoline Vehicles 10 to 1.
- The first auto race in America was won by an Electric Vehicle.
- The first car dealers sold Electric Vehicles.
- There are currently more than 90 companies engaged in manufacturing electric vehicles worldwide.
In 2007, PA Electrics obtained funding to enable the renting of a retail location. Our shop was located at 5847 Washington Avenue in Export, PA from 2007 until September of 2009.
Fall is usually a slow season for selling bicycles, therefore, we have made the decision to move our retail location during this time. We have found a new larger location, with garage space which will enable us to begin offering conversion services. More details on our new location will be added as soon as we are ready to reopen.
During the transition to our new location, purchases still can be made through our online store or by phone.
At some time in the future, PA Electrics plans to apply for a dealer license with the State of Pennsylvania, in order to be able to issue license plates for highway speed vehicles. Until that process is completed, PA Electrics will only be selling electric bicycles and various off-road electric vehicles.