Paying tribute to an EV+PV pioneer: Doug Korthof

d-k-hofeditors-blog-entry3I didn’t know Douglas Korthof personally. But I feel like I knew this tireless and longtime advocate of plug-in vehicles and solar-charged driving fairly well nonetheless, at least an important part of him, thanks to the many YouTube videos he posted over the years.

Doug passed away in February of mesothelioma, a type of deadly lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

Doug was one of the earliest and strongest proponents of plug-in vehicles and, to my knowledge, one of the very first to post videos to YouTube espousing the benefits of solar-charged driving. In fact, Doug’s EV + PV videos, the first of which was posted to YouTube way back in September 2007, were an important inspiration to me when I made the decision to found SolarChargedDriving.Com in the summer of 2009.

An interview never done
It was a goal of mine to someday do a feature story on Doug for SolarChargedDriving.Com. Unfortunately, I never got around to doing this. I have a full-time job as a journalism professor, plus I’m a full-time father of two young girls and I’m married to a wonderful woman who also works full-time. So, in the end, SolarChargedDriving.Com is something that I do on the side, in the relatively little “free” time I have.

Doug, I really wish I’d done a story on you and I regret not having had a chance to talk to you directly. But I’m grateful for the inspiration that you gave me, and so many others. We will continue to fight the good fight for plug-in vehicles and the solar/renewable energy + EV synergy for as long as we are fortunate enough to be around on this earth ourselves.

Thank you for everything, Doug. The world is a better place because of your efforts.

Adopt a Charger has set up the Doug Korthof Memorial Fund. Please visit if you would like to contribute to the installation and maintenance of public charging stations in Doug’s honor.

Related articles–>