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Classical Notes: July 14, 2011 Archive

Jascha Heifetz goes Green

Posted at 9:31 PM on July 14, 2011 by John Birge

A news report says by the end of the year, it should be possible to drive the 600 miles from southern Oregon to the Canadian border in an electric car. Seventeen fast-charging stations will be installed along Interstate 5.

The legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz would've been pleased. In 1966, he bought a custom-built electric car in 1966, when smog was terrible in Los Angeles where he lived. It was the the first electric car on West Coast.

Here's the electrifying violinist going out for a spin. Looks like his other car is a Rolls-Royce!