Welcome to the Gateway Electric Vehicle Club's website. We are a registered chapter of the Electric Auto Association (EAA) made up of individuals living in the Saint Louis area that believe electric vehicles (EVs) are an important part of the solution to our global energy crisis. The main goal of our group is to raise awareness around the benefits of EVs. We do this by attending community events, converting and helping others convert their cars into EVs, conducting EV club meetings, and providing EV information to interested parties. If you think our dependence on polluting gasoline burning vehicles needs to come to and end then consider joining our club to help us get our message across. Click on the join us link for more information on how to help.
Jan 24th 2013
Once again our club will be participating in the annual Saint Louis Auto Show starting today (Jan 24th) and running through the 27th. The show takes place at the America’s Center and Edward Jones Dome in downtown Saint Louis. We will be located at the EcoCity exhibit within the Dome. This exhibit is all about eco-friendly vehicles and includes a test drive track so you can check out the latest vehicles in this category. Several of our member’s vehicles will be on display as well. These will include custom conversions and manufactured vehicles. A Tesla Model S will also be on display at the event.
More information on the show can be found here http://www.saintlouisautoshow.com/
Dec 9th 2012
The December monthly meeting today is canceled. Schalfly’s is closed. Join us in the new year at our meetings and the STL auto show.
May 5th 2012
Our monthly meeting has moved to May 20th so it doesn’t conflict with Mother’s Day. Mom’s love EVs but they don’t like sitting in meetings on their special day. Have a Happy Mother’s Day and see you on the 20th.
Mar 25th 2012
Our April club meeting will be pushed back a week. We will now have at it on the 15th of April. It will still be help at 2 pm at the Schlafly’s Tap Room. Hope to see you there.
Feb 5th 2012
Due to scheduling conflicts the February monthly meeting has moved from the 12th to the 19th. It is open to non-members and members alike so come join us.
Nov 22nd 2011
Please come out an join GatewayEV for the premier of the new Chris Paine film, Revenge of the
Electric Car on Wednesday November 23 from 5:00pm-7:30pm at Plaza Frontenac Landmark Theater. You can check out several electric cars we will have on display and then catch the movie. We are planning to have a Tesla Roadster, Chevrolet Volt, and several other custom conversions. The cars will be in the west parking lot of Plaza Frontenac (Clayton and Lindbergh).
Jun 13th 2011
Several of our members are mentioned in an article by David Baugher at the Saint Louis Beacon. You can read the full article here.
May 4th 2011
In observance of Mother’s Day, we will be moving our monthly meeting in May to the 15th. Please come join us at Schlafly’s to have a great time and talk EVs.
Feb 9th 2011
By Ron Erb and Carol Cole, Gateway EV
The St. Louis Auto Dealers Association hosted EAA local chapter Gateway EV Club at the St. Louis car show January 27-30, 2011. The annual event draws hundreds of thousands of attendees, and this year, it offered many their first opportunity to see and ride in an electric vehicle.
Of the 500 cars, trucks and SUVs on display at the Americas Center Convention Complex, six electric and hybrid offerings from Nissan, Chevrolet, Honda and Toyota were available for rides in a special section of the complex designated as the EcoCity, a “green” exhibition area where Gateway EV club members displayed seven of their vehicles.
EcoCity sprouted native trees, grasses and a fanciful representation of St. Louis-area landmarks surrounded by an automotive test track. There, dealers ferried attendees in the latest electric and hybrid models, alongside Gateway EV Club members, who chauffeured guests in a ’71 MG, a ’71 VW Bug, an ’87 BMW 325i convertible, a factory Toyota Rav4 EV, and a Prius Plug-in with an A123 extended battery pack.
One of the club’s most popular and reliable conversions, Wayne Garver’s VW Bug, attracted a long line of riders during the four-day event. “Just before the show closed on Sunday, I took two very excited
boys, about 8-10 years old, for a ride in my VW,” Garver said. “They had their cell phones and were taking pictures and videos of every thing – the inside, the outside – while we were riding. They were
impressed that it is possible to have a practical electric car today. I think the young people are really on the bandwagon for electric vehicles.”
Gateway EV members’ many successful conversions result from months, and in some cases, years of hard work and personal expense. Member Jeff Dale proudly circled the EcoCity landscape with his BMW 325i convertible filled with amazed guests. The black bimmer only recently took to the road. Jeff made the St. Louis Post Dispatch recently, explaining that the area’s lack of a refueling infrastructure hampers his EV use. That was not the case at the convention center, where a 220-volt charging station enabled Jeff to accommodate a steady stream of enthusiastic riders on the EcoCity test track.
George Mollenhoff had bought a 1991 GMC S-15 pickup with a Warfield Warp 9 Series Wound DC motor, a Curtis controller and 24, 6-volt Trojan lead-acid batteries. He enjoyed his purchase so much that he joined with Ron Erb to found the local EV club after hearing Erb interviewed on KMOX radio. The Gateway club has more than a dozen other conversions currently underway or completed and slated for exhibition at upcoming events.
“Gateway EV members presented their cars and views to a more diverse crowd than usual,” said club Vice President Ron Erb. “Most events the club attends attract an environmentally conscious demographic. The St. Louis Auto Show draws from the general public, many of whom had never seen an electric car, let alone ridden in one.”
To make that first experience a smooth and rewarding one, Erb and St. Louis Auto Dealers Association Executive Vice President Chris Adelmann worked together from November until the first of the show’s attendees arrived at the event (see related story). Adelmann noted attendance increased 25 percent this year.
“Public response was unprecedented. Going green is a powerful market force, you can expect an even larger, more expansive EcoCity next year,” said Kurt Mungenast, St. Louis Auto Show committee chairman.
Show-goers jammed EcoCity to see a 2008 Tesla Roadster and a 1975 CitiCar also on display. Club member Kyle Feller found the mint-condition CitiCar in a barn in Tennessee and brought it home to St. Louis just in time for the auto show.
The Tesla, owned by club members Dr. Marc Clemente and Dr. Teresa Knight, dazzled onlookers with its style as well as its ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds on silent, battery power with zero tailpipe emissions.
Club members fielded show-goers’ questions about battery power, range and recharging.
“People are also concerned about where to charge a vehicle when away from home,” observed Larry Kinder, President of LilyPad EV, a distributor of Coulomb Electric Vehicle charging stations and an EcoCity exhibitor.
“As such, our job is to ensure the development of publicly available as well as private charging infrastructure. We sell charging stations to shopping centers, theaters, parking garages and employers to help ensure that drivers have a place to charge their vehicle when away from home.”
Jan 26th 2011
The Bi-State Green Expo was held this past Monday in Belleville Illinois. We had a booth setup there to help raise awareness about EVs. Thanks for all that stopped by and a special thanks to Marc for having his Tesla Roadster on display throughout the event. The car got a lot of attention and people thinking about electric. The show feature many green themed booths ranging from organic food products to spray insulation. We can’t wait to participate in next years event.
If you didn’t get a chance to see Marc’s Tesla Roadster at this event you can come by the Saint Louis Auto Show this weekend to see it. We will have a booth there and even be giving rides in electric vehicles.