Archive for February, 2014

Minutes of 2/9/14


Minutes of 1/12/14 were read and approved.

Jeff reported that the Clean Cities Taskforce has been disbanded due to lack of interest in promoting electric vehicles with charging stations and infrastructure. There was some interest in tapping methane in coal mines for use in vehicles.

Jeff also reported that he had talked to some members of the Tesla owners club in St. Louis and learned than we are more than welcome to attend their meetings at the Schlafly Bottleworks.

Ron told the club of a new type of oscillating windmill that is cheap to build and is 80% efficient compared to the standard wind turbine of 60%.

Wayne gave a talk on the “Science and Economics of an Electric Vehicle”. There was a good discussion of the information presented and many members added information. Jim said that operating the heater in his Leaf seriously reduces his range. He also reported that Nissan said to not drive the Leaf at temperatures of -4F and below.

The club discussed the St. Louis Auto Show this year. We partnered with the St. Louis Science Center (SLSC) to bring their Smith electric truck (EVie) with exhibits. They also brought the club’s gokart that fit inside EVie.  The club did not bring any vehicles. Jeff said there was less interest in our display than in the past. There was some discussion about not attending the show next year.

Wayne mentioned that the Third Degree Glass Factory will host an auto theme event on April 18 from 6-10PM at their place on 5200 Delmar. Wayne will attend with his VW Beetle.

Tyler proposed to the Horseless Carriage Club that our club be able to attend the Easter Show at Forest Park. He asked tor 10-20 spaces on the Upper Muni Lot and he would also like to bring EVie. The date is April 20 and the time 10AM-5PM. The Hot Rod club has an event on the Lower Muni Lot and they said we could attend. Tyler would like us to use the Upper lot since it would be quieter.

Ron Erb said that Ron S. suggested our club make an informational video of some of our cars and that it could be shown in the SLSC for visitors. Many of our members liked the idea. George will talk to Josh at the SLSC about the idea.2/9


GEVA Minutes 1/12/14

Minutes of 12/15/13 were read and approved.

The “First Friday” meetings at the Saint Louis Science Center (SLSC) were discussed.  Mark said each month has a theme and he would help coordinate these meeting with our club. The club could possible bring some EVs and display them in the front circle as well as bring the gokart inside for a showing. Josh from SLSC said he will send out a schedule to the club. Events are typically scheduled 3 months in advance.

Ron passed around a design for a new business card for the club. It is a simpler design with the Electric Auto Association logo. George suggested having a contact on the card- either email or phone number.

Jeff reported on the St. Louis Clean Cities Taskforce. Because of many new charging stations in the area for Volts and Leaf EVs, they are now meeting only quarterly and focusing on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). There are only a few CNG filling stations in The St. Louis region. There was discussion of the need of more home stations but the problem is the high pressures needed -3500psi. Home compressors for this pressure are expensive, take time to maintain, and can be dangerous. Keith mentioned he knows of a home compressor but it is slow unit.   Keven Herdler is director of the taskforce.

Tyler talked about his poster for members to use on their EVs at events. They can be made to fit the windshield or side window with the cost around $20. Members who want a poster for their EV should send him a photo of themselves with the car and a description of the information for the poster. Ron suggested using bullets for the format. He went on to say that despite the commercial EVs, our club still has a role to educate the public of the advantages of EVs. Dale said he has been keeping a log of his EV usage and notes the summer electric rate are $.11/KWH and winter rates are $.07/KWH.

Wayne gave a talk on a conversion of his 71 Beetle from lead acid batteries to Lithium (LiFePO4) cells.  He also included an electric heater with temperature control for the new cells.

Ron reported that the SLSC Smith truck EV (EVIE) will be at the St. Louis Auto Show from Jan23-26. There is not enough room to bring our EVs but that may change as the show becomes closer. Any member willing to help out with EVIE at the show was asked to see Josh.