Archive for October, 2016

GEVA minutes 10/9/16

GEVA MINUTES 10/9/16

Minutes from 8/14/16 were read and approved.

Tyler reported on the NDEW event 9/18/16 at the Science Center planetarium lot. There were about 30 electric vehicles on display with an attendance of an estimated 400 people. There were about 70 rides in EVs. There were rides in some Teslas including a Model X with falcon wing doors. Zero motorcycle had a display of electric motorcycles with drives for people with motorcycle endorsements. Face painting for kids did well and the photo booth was set up for free photos. No funds were donated.

Wayne reported on the Sustainability Conference at Webster University. Mike brought his 1016 Volt and Wayne his 1971 VW Beetle conversion. There were talks inside the LEED certified East Academic Building with about 30 in attendance. There is a public solar powered cell phone in front of the building. Mike and Wayne talked to the event organizers and suggested they put in standard inexpensive 120V outlets for students and staff in a new parking garage under construction across the street. They said the administration would likely not do it because they could not get LEED credit for it.

Wayne told of the Missouri Renewable Energy center that offered space for our meetings. Helmut like the idea of meeting there because there is no parking charge and it would be similar to our meetings at Schlafleys. There is an Energy Fair at the center on 10/20/16 from 10AM-3PM. Wayne is planning to be there.

Wayne informed the club of Ameren’s intention of installing 6 DC fast charge stations (DCFC) along the I-70 corridor. The proposed rate would be $10 for a DCFC with both ChadeMO and SAEcombo plugs. Level 2 charging would also be available at $3.60/hr.  Ameren has applied to the MO public service commission (MPSC) for permission to install chargers. There could be a problem if the MPSC views charging to benefit only expensive cars like the Tesla.

Tyler talked to Kevin Herdler of the St. Louis Clean Cities group. He learned that they plan to re-start meetings again to try and develop better relations with Ameren now that they are more interested in charging infrastructure.

Norm told the club that Nicola motors has natural gas wells and plan to run fuel cell vehicles on hydrogen. They expect to get 26mpg on the road, have a range of 1200miles and lease them for $5000/month including fuel.

Wayne gave a presentation on “A Comparison of Gas and Electric Vehicles”.

GEVA minutes 8/14/16

GEVA MINUTES 8/14/16

Minutes from 7/10/16 were read and approved.

The National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) for St. Louis was discussed. It will be September 18 from 11AM to 3PM and will be at the St. Louis Science Center in the Planetarium lot. Vehicles on display should arrive by 10AM. There are over 30 vehicles registered for the event. There will be rides in a Tesla and drives in a Leaf. Drives will also be offered for ZERO EV motorcycles.

Josh said to spread the work about the event. He has flyers that can be picked up at the Science Center.

Wayne said to go to car shows and auto parts stores to hand out flyers.

Tyler has some flyers and other stuff to hand out at the event.

Wayne told of the Tour De Fun event scheduled for September 11 at the JCCA on Schuetz Rd. near Lindberg Blvd. It is from 11AM to 3PM and EVs are welcome by 9AM.

Wayne informed the club of a Sustainability Conference held at Webster University on October 8 from 9AM to 5PM. They have invited our club to bring vehicles.

Dave said that the Chevy Bolt will be available in the fall of 2016. It has a 200mi range and will be available in the CARB states first but after that in all 50 states.

Wayne gave a talk on “DC and AC motors for EVs”