GEVA MINUTES 5/15/16

Minutes from 4/10/16 were read and approved.

Jim and Dave gave a report on Earth Day 4/24/16. There was a big crowd with good weather. Josh brought the EVie from the St. Louis Science Center and we had several vehicles. Kyle, Dennis, Ron S., Jim and Wayne brought vehicles. Liz and Brian in the Tesla group brought 2 Tesla Model S cars.

Wayne talked to Ron Freund at Electric Auto Association (EAA) about changing the president of our chapter from George to Wayne. Ron wanted our clubs ideas as to what direction EAA should go now that EVs are more common and can be purchased from several makers. Both Ron and Wayne agreed that the EAA is still needed promote EVs and to correct the many myths about EVs. Wayne spoke to Ron Erb and he suggested that all new owners of EVs should receive a free EAA Current Events newsletter in on-line form. This would connect EV owners to the EAA without any real cost to the EAA.

Ron Freund informed Wayne that there is a problem in California where Plug-in Hybrids are taking Level 2 charging spaces. Other EV owners are upset because the Hybrids only have a small battery pack and can charge in 1-2Hrs yet take the space for many more hours.

Kyle told the club that he had talked to a local Nissan dealer about purchasing Leaf. The dealer was not very interested.  After the recent Tesla Model 3 video, Kyle received a call from the dealer who seemed very interested in selling a car. At $35,000 and a 200mile range, the Model 3 will open up a whole new market for EV buyers.

Wayne talked to Ron Erb and he said that Ford is interested in vehicle to vehicle communication to make the highways more efficient and to save gas. For example, communication between cars at a stop light would give information as to how long the car in front has been stopped. The car could then decide if it is efficient to turn off the engine to save gas. Ken said that some EV motorcycles can recognize cars and communicate with others using smart computers. BMW is working on communication too.

Wayne said the EZGO self propelled electric lawnmower has a 56V @  7.5AH battery and can mow for about an hour.

Wayne said that Damian Herd, the Nissan Electric Vehicle Business Development Manager, has agreed to come and talk about their workplace charging initiative. The talk will be at our July 10th meeting. Save the date!

Wayne showed a video of the recent Tesla Model 3 rollout. Dave said that Tesla wanted to call it the Model E but Ford already had rights to the name.