EV Events September 2013

Here are some links to more information on EV events across the US. In future, I may consider doing a monthly calendar, if I can get it to work automatically, at least partially automatic anyway. (taking suggestions on that, haven’t tried, not sure how this will work w/WP).

This week I’ll be paying close attention to Apple announcements, but, the Frankfurt Motor Show is this week also, so be checking out my twitter feed for tweets & retweets on EVs at the show. My twitter feed has been moved to the bottom of the blog, just scroll down until you see it in the middle. (got a few pre-show tweets there now) Follow me if you haven’t yet. 🙂

New blog posts coming soon, including my no-b.s. EV glossary of terms. So, without further ado, check out these links for EV events in your area (I meant to do this last week, I’ll try to be earlier starting next month).

National Plug In Day Sept 28

http://www.pluginday.org/events.php

Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Sept 17-19 Detroit

http://ev.com/electric-hybrid-vehicle-technology-expo-sept-17-19-2013-detroit/

The Battery Show 2013 (Sep 17-19) Novi Michigan

http://ev.com/the-battery-show-2013-sep-17-19-novi-michigan/

Plug In 2013 Conference & Exposition Sep 30-Oct 3 San Deigo

http://www.plugin2013.com

Tesla Model S Test Drive events:

http://www.teslamotors.com/events

Zelectric Motors (VW Beetle EV conversion) this month:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/zelectricbug/we-have-a-lot-going-on-this-month/494167447342257

More EVents via The Electric Generation (listings start at Sept 10th-Oct-Nov)

http://theelectricgeneration.org/events-resources/events/

 

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In Case You Missed it…

A couple videos for you all:

Tesla Model S gets 5 star rating in all categories of crash tests, the NHTSA Safety Score:

More on the “controversy” here: http://www.cartalk.com/content/teslas-top-safety-score-answer-stars

Below is from 2011…Tesla’s beginning production of Model S at the former NUMMI factory they bought from Toyota (It was formerly a place for large scale production of GM/Toyota joint vehicles…GM defaulted to Toyota when having troubles in 2008, since abandoned.)

National Geographic’s Mega Factories — Supercars: Tesla Model S

Formula E racing coming September 2014

Formula E

Recently (July 2nd) I posted a couple vids of the New FIA World Electric Land Speed Record. Coming September 2014 will be Formula E racing! Andretti has already signed on for the US, and Fox Sports has confirmed a global multi-media broadcast deal . Here is the trailer:

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There’s much more on their website: http://www.fiaformulae.com

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…I leave you with this:

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Electric Car Conversion (ICE to BEV)

My comprehensive no-B.S. glossary of alternative energy vehicle terms & acronyms is going to take a bit longer than anticipated. I may post it in three sections/posts. I will post this soon, and revamp my “categories”, and perhaps change the look of this blog at the same time. But, today, quick acronym terms: ICE=Internal Combustion Engine, BEV=Battery Electric Vehicle.

1991 MR2 ICE to BEV Conversion

Ok, so, this is not going to be comprehensive, just want to show you that vehicles can be converted to battery all-electric vehicles, which is something I want to do (have not looked into yet) with my Acura RSX. So, first, here is an example of a 1991 MR2 conversion:

EV West supplies Motors, Batteries, Chargers and other components, and is working on conversion guides. http://www.evwest.com/

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Gladstone OR High School Project

Why Gladstone High School (Gladstone Electric Vehicle Organization) Wants to Build an Electric Truck.

“We want to see if a group of high school students, Oregon National Guard soldiers, teachers, parents, and community members can take a gas-powered Chevrolet S-10 and transform it into an electric vehicle that runs smoothly and efficiently without gasoline.”

I think this is a great idea, not only for a High School project, but I think making this may help bring back the small pickup, but it’ll be a BEV pickup!

Check out the video and article here (and maybe you can help, too): http://incited.org/projects/gladstone-electric-vehicle-organization-project-s10-e-it-s-electric

REFUEL 2013 Clean Power Motorsports Event (6/30/13)

Ok, so, I’m a new EV enthusiast and I was all confused when I found out EV race cars were at the Pikes Peak event (I already posted that a BEV placed 5th), and REFUEL EV event was going on the same weekend, I couldn’t find live coverage, I didn’t understand  what was going on and my head was spinning O_o. Why have these events at the same time? In any case, the REFUEL event is open only to clean powered vehicles and has several categories, cars, 2-wheelers, karts and sport electric TT (see: http://www.speedventures.com/the-line/SV_schedule_2013-06-30_refuel.pdfhttp://www.refuelraces.com/register.php )

So, I got ambitious and thought I’d make youtube playlists from the REFUEL events, however, I found plenty of coverage after the event, so, instead I have decided to post a single video here (let’s promote the little guys) and give you links to some  coverage I came across, and let you peruse on your own. Maybe next year I can attend or maybe even race! 🙂

(Watch the subtitles : )

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Electric Vehicle Stereotypes Smoked at REFUEL 2013 Race at Laguna Seca Raceway

http://www.plugincars.com/electric-vehicle-stereotypes-smoked-refuel-2013-race-laguna-seca-raceway-127646.html

Tesla Model S, Roadster Break Electric-Car Lap Record At Laguna Seca

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1085588_tesla-model-s-roadster-break-electric-car-lap-record-at-laguna-seca

Refuel 2013: In which an electric vehicle event comes of age and I live to tell about it

http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/12/refuel-2013-in-which-an-electric-vehicle-event-comes-of-age/

Refuel 2013: Bostrom rides Brammo to top time at SportElectric TT

http://green.autoblog.com/2013/07/06/refuel-2013-bostrum-brammo-gets-top-time-at-sportelectric-tt/?a_dgi=aolshare_twitter

REFUEL website: http://www.refuelraces.com/start.php

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Bonus video: the lineup of cars at REFUEL:

 

Reviews/Test Drives: CR-Z, Rav4 EV, Spark EV, Zelectric Bug (videos)

Nicholas Zart (CarNewsCafe.com) Week Long Test Drive:

2013 Honda CR-Z 6-speed manual hybrid

Article here:
http://carnewscafe.com/2013/07/test-drive-hondas-sporty-cr-z-hybrid-why-we-loved-it/

 

Pamela Woon (Car Pro) reviews 2013 Toyota Rav4 EV

(Available in California only at this time)

 

Engadget on the 2014 Chevy Spark EV

Full article & pics here: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/26/spark-ev-test-drive/

(Available in California & Oregon right now, more states on the way)

 

Driving the Zelectric Bug

(Coming soon. Check out the website: http://www.zelectricmotors.com)

 

 

Whatever happened to NiMH Batteries?; ’13 Leaf Impressions

I just read this…good read! :
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Why Do Some Electric Cars Have Short Range?

“EVs in 1996 were going farther than todays EVs using Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries, why are they not being used today?” (The real reason)
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MotorWeek’s “First Impressions” of the 2013 Nissan Leaf

Ride The Future Tour (EV) Launch Today

Today (July 4th) Ride The Future will begin an all-EV transcontinental trek (cars, bikes, motorcycles, and scooter), starting at 9AM in Charleston SC and finishing 3,745 miles, zero gas, across the country at Google HQ, Mountain View CA.

They will be setting three world records:

The Guiness Record for the Longest Journey:

1) in an Electric Car

2) on an Electric Scooter

3) and on an Electric Motorcycle

(Complete information at their website, here’s “The Scoop”: http://ridethefuturetour.com/how-it-all-began/)

If you’d like to help send them off, come out around 8am at Brittlebank Park on Lockwood Blvd, Charleston SC

I will be (re-)tweeting anything I find on this 44-day trek (see sidebar for my twitter link). There also is a twitter you can follow: https://www.twitter.com/@Ride_the_Future

Chicago Tribune writeup: http://cars.chicagotribune.com/fuel-efficient/news/chi-transcontinental-electric-vehicle-parade-20130626

Here are the stops: http://ridethefuturetour.com/611/

Chevy Spark EV & More EV News

Chevy Spark EV

I don’t have much, but, it has begun to go on sale and I found a couple walk-through & drive videos on the production version:

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Edmunds review: http://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/spark-ev/2014/#fullreview

If you live near Portland OR, check out the Chevy Spark EV on July 16th: http://www.evite.com/event/0296CIYTQCREFQCHKEPC3GR7KENVPA via @OEVAorg

Note: Anything you read or hear about DC quick charger taking 20 mins. to 80% charge…these are commercial chargers that are yet to be installed anywhere, using a huge SAE combo connector, not available for home charging. (IMO, they are trying to set a standard outside of Tesla superchargers, which, I think, all would be better off licensing from Tesla, as Tesla has a head start and more on the way, but, who am I to make sense?) So, looks like multiple charging standards abound, sucks for consumers again. More: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1084771_gm-bmw-complete-testing-of-new-ccs-quick-charging-stations-for-electric-cars

EV News

Wired (UK) Review of Toyota Rav4 EVhttp://www.wired.co.uk/reviews/gadgets/2013-06/toyota-rav4-ev

Fiat 500e virtually sold out in CA: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1085045_2013-fiat-500e-electric-car-sold-out-in-california

Ford Focus Electric Ultimate Guide: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1065308_ford-focus-electric-ultimate-guide-to-what-you-need-to-know (2013 model is virtually unchanged from 2012 model)

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Electric cars break the 10 minute barrier for the first time ranking an EV in 5th place!

http://www.electric-vehiclenews.com/2013/06/monster-tajima-wins-ev-class-with-fifth.html

Lightning’s Electric Motorcycle Dominates the two-wheeled segment, EV beats gas!

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/07/lightning-pikes-peak-2013/

More here: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/07/01/race-recap-the-lion-roars-at-2013-pikes-peak-international-hill

And, In Case You Missed It

Tesla Model S Battery Swap Demo: