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.
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