July 2015 Meeting:

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7:00 PM, Thursday, July 30, 2015

AssentWorks Boardroom, 3rd floor, 125 Adelaide Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

It’s time to prepare for the fifth annual MEVAfest, Manitoba’s fall festival of electric vehicles. The festival is always a special event, but, this year, MEVAfest will be extra special. In the afternoon of Saturday, September 12th, in downtown Winnipeg, MEVAfest will make its first appearance as one of several outstanding festivals which are collectively known as Manyfest. It’s an event, organized by the Downtown Winnipeg Biz, which is attended by tens of thousands of people, every year!

We have plenty to do to get ready. This meeting will be the second last before MEVAfest. So, come and help make the prairie’s very best electric vehicle festival even better. Let’s show more Manitobans how much fun it is to go green!

MEVA Members Win Gold!

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Congratulations to

MATTHEW HEWLETT, CALEB TURON and DAWSON KINGSTON!!!

Not only are they brilliant, but they’re humble, too!  They didn’t tell us, but on April 25, 2015, at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium, MEVA’s youngest members were honoured for trying to improve the lives of people around the world.  For their efforts and their ingenuity, they were awarded gold medals!

 

Gold Medal Winners


Electrically-Induced Phosphenes as a Visual Prosthetic for those with Acquired Blindness

Matthew Hewlett and Dawson Kingston

Best Overall Group – Intermediate Level

Sponsors: Doctors Manitoba


Electric Transportation for a Sustainable Future

Matthew Hewlett and Caleb Turon

Engineering Award – Intermediate Level

Sponsors: Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (APEGM)


So, how did these MEVA members win gold medals?  They earned them!

If these grade 10 Shaftesbury High School students are an indication of what other young people in Manitoba are doing, the future of this province looks very bright!

Once again, Matthew, Dawson and Caleb, on behalf of all of the members of MEVA, congratulations!!!  We can hardly wait to see what you do next!

Robert Elms,                                                                                                          President of the Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association

 

Manitoba’s First Level 3 EV Charging Station

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First, a big thanks to Lester and Ruth Deane for allowing MEVA to display their alluring Tesla model S at the World of Wheels automobile show this past weekend. We can accurately claim that Lester’s and Ruth’s fine car attracted more attention and genuine interest from the public than any other vehicle at that event! Also, congratulations and thanks to all of the MEVA members, Lester, Martin, Ross, Micah, Dave, Bill and the two Mikes, who volunteered their time to make the MEVA display at World of Wheels an unrivalled success. It was inspiring to see so many gasoholics quickly converted into electric vehicle enthusiasts!

Friends, Red River College is inviting all EV supporters to the unveiling of its recently installed and operational Level 3 (30KW DC) electric vehicle quick charging station, the first of its kind in Manitoba. The charger will be used as part of the College’s ongoing EV research, testing, and demonstration projects at its Electric Vehicle Technology & Education Centre (EVTEC).

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 starting at 10 a.m. (light refreshments will be provided)

Red River College, 2055 Notre Dame Campus (outside of the M building).

Speakers:

Emcee: Neil Cooke, Chairperson, RRC School of Transportation;

Frank Nolan, Research and Innovation Development Officer, Natural Sciences and   Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC);

Robert Elms, President, Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association (MEVA);

Ken Francis, Supervisor, Approved Auto Repair Services, CAA Manitoba.

This Level 3 station can charge an EV to at least and 80 percent charge in 15 to 30 minutes; this is compared to the College’s Level 2 charger (also employed for research purposes) which can take 4 to 6 hours to get to full charge. Part of the College’s research will focus on how the station performs in Manitoba’s climatic conditions, especially our extreme cold weather.

The charger will be open to all Level 3 charger (CHAdeMO) compliant EV owners who register with the College – EV owners’ usage experiences will form part of EVTEC’s research.

The college is asking local EV owners to drive EVs to this event to demonstrate the new charging station. This will also be an opportunity for some of us to show the three levels of government that we strongly favour government support for the development of a fast-charging infrastructure in Manitoba.

And let’s not forget the joint MEVA/Recreational Aircraft Association meeting at Lyncrest Airport this Thursday evening. We’ll have a chance to talk with aircraft pilots from Manitoba and across North America about their experiences building electric planes.

See you soon!

Robert

How to build EVs with wings!

  • 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 26, 2015

    At Lyncrest Airport, 57119 Murdock Road, Winnipeg

    Over the past several years, members of the Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association (MEVA) have utilized their many talents and training to convert cars, trucks, tractors, bikes, an SUV and more… to electric vehicles. Members of the Winnipeg Chapter of the Recreational Aircraft Association of Canada (RAA) also bring with them a broad spectrum of experiences and interests. Most pilots in the association are aircraft builders, who are keen to advance aircraft technology.

    Some of these innovative Manitobans are interested in taking to the skies using only electric power. Therefore, the Winnipeg Chapter of RAA invited the Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association to a joint meeting to discuss the intriguing challenges of designing and building electric-powered airplanes. Other experts from across North America were invited to this special meeting, too. Indeed, anyone who wished to attend was welcome to join the conversation.

    It was inspiring to see how quickly electric aircraft technology is advancing. From the almost home-made electric plane that Professor Dennis Jacobs built in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota to the superb Sun Flyer, e-plane, being manufactured by George Bye’s company, Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation, in Denver Colorado, they were all truly impressive aircraft. The more than twenty MEVA members and friends in attendance all agreed that this was a very special event.

    A big thanks to Jim Oke, President of the Winnipeg Chapter of the Recreational Aircraft Association of Canada, all of the other presenters, and especially to Professor Jill Oakes, a member of both MEVA and the Recreational Aircraft Association, for organizing this great opportunity to discuss ways to take green technology to new heights. Everyone concurred, we should do it again!

MEVAfest 2014

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Why do over four thousand Manitobans own electric or hybrid electric vehicles? Discover the answers for yourself, at the fourth annual MEVAfest, Manitoba’s festival of electric vehicles. Dozens of EVs, of all kinds, will be on display for you to enjoy, from the historic EVA Metro to the ultra-modern Tesla. See vehicles which have been converted from gas to electric power, factory-made EVs, two and four-wheeled EVs, electric passenger vehicles, electric pickup trucks, an electric SUV, an electric race car, and more. Talk with their owners, and go for free rides around the park in some of your favourites, including the exciting Tesla model S.

Electric Vehicle Showcase in Winnipeg MEVA

MEVAfest 2014

Discover how much fun it is to go green in Manitoba!

 

French Canadian Invents Cool Electric My Track Technology

It’s a snowmobile, an ATV, no, it’s electric My Track Technology.

French Canadian inventor Yvon Martel has come up with a very unique solution for snow and difficult terrains.

(PLEASE Note: MEVA has no association with this machine, other than this post on our website. To contact the inventor, please use the inventor’s email address: Yvon Martel – MTT )

French Canadian electric My Track Technology

French Canadian electric My Track Technology

It’s an electric tank track, that tow a sled, or wheeled vehicle.

It’s hard to describe, or see how useful it is, until you see the video:

Mr. Martel is looking for manufacturers and distributors. Contact him here:

Yvon Martel
Quebec, Canada
Yvon.Martel@bell.net

Some uses for the MTT uses are:

Fun: driving through deep snow in the woods
Small snow plough/plow
Towing cars out of the snow (these last two could be very useful in Manitoba!)
Pulling logs out of the forest.
Transporting chopped wood to the shed.
It even works as big electric battery power source for working in the woods.

It can also be used in the summer, when there is no snow on the ground at all.

It has a range from 45 to 208 km  (28 to 130 miles), depending on the battery selected.
More than some OEM electric vehicles!

Other reviews are here:

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/18/mtt-136-electric-treaded-tank-sled/

http://americaloveshorsepower.com/the-innovative-mtt-136-is-a-treaded-electric-sled-for-all-seasons/ 

The video is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcIwrdeP21s

MEVA wishes Yvon lots of luck with his invention!

 

 

Shale Oil Proves Peak Oil Is Indeed Upon Us

One aspect in current events that makes electric vehicles so viable is that fossil fuels are become increasingly more expensive to mine and/or extract. This article from Casey Research gives some great analysis on the issue.  Some excerpts are here:

“The simple yet profound reason that we’re going after this more difficult and expensive shale oil is that the easy and cheap stuff is all gone. Rather than proving that Peak Oil is dead, as many have claimed, the new focus on shale plays indicates to me that we’ve indeed moved down the resource ladder to the next best (i.e., less good) options because the better ones are all gone.

Peak Cheap Oil, we can quite confidently argue is now safely in the rear-view mirror.”

Find the full article here:
http://www.caseyresearch.com/articles/peak-cheap-oil-shale-oil-proves-peak-oil-is-indeed-upon-us