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

Big advances in electric vehicle technology will increase range and dramatically reduce prices

The Winnipeg Free Press published a great article on big advances in electric vehicle technology that will increase range and dramatically reduce prices.

“There are already battery-driven, prototype electric vehicles being driven on U.S. test tracks that have nearly three times the “energy density” of the batteries in a Chevy Volt. They could be on the road in five to 10 years, costing much less than today’s EV.”

“By 2020, the most likely scenario is one-third of all vehicles sold worldwide will be either plug-in EVs or hybrids”

See the article here:
http://autos.winnipegfreepress.com/news-article/automotive-news/The-electric-future/id-6394/

and a graph of the big advances in electric vehicle batteries here:
http://wfpquantum.s3.amazonaws.com/images/autos/articles/ultra/8nbdhal5oql9ftu5yo1z-9190491.jpg

Over One Thousand Electric Vehicles Were Sold In Canada January Through May 2013

In the first 5 months of 2013, the three best selling electric vehicles in Canada were the Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, and the Nissan Leaf.

The sales of all brands and models was 1,141.

Here’s how the Canadian vehicle registrations break down for plug-in vehicles during the first five months of 2013:

1. Chevy Volt – 317
2. Tesla Model S – 281
3. Nissan Leaf – 240
4. Toyota Prius Plug-in – 130
5. Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 73
6. Ford Focus Electric – 47
7. Smart ForTwo Electric – 46
8. Fisker Karma – 5
9. Toyota RAV4 EV – 2
10. Ford C-Max Energi & Fusion Energi – unknown

See the full story here:
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1085654_tesla-model-s-canadas-2nd-best-selling-plug-in-electric-car

 

 

After The Spike In Gas Prices, CBC Radio Interviews a MEVA Member About His EV Conversion

After the recent spike in gas prices, on May 27, 2013, CBC Radio interviewed MEVA member Gerry Kopelow about his Chevy S10 pickup.

Gerry converted the S10 from an internal combustion engine (ICE) to an electric vehicle (EV).

After the conversion, Gerry says that his energy expense went from $500 to $600 per month, to only $75 per month!  Even with all the weight of the truck.

 

Gerry  Kopelow's Electric Chevy S10

Gerry Kopelow’s Electric Chevy S10

The range on his Chevy S10 is 110 kilometers. His daily drive is 35 miles (56 km), and it takes 2 1/2 hours to charge the EV (on 220 volt current).

In addition to the S10 pickup, Gerry has also converted a 1988 BMW 5 series from ICE to EV. Of all the older BMWs he has driven, Gerry says the EV conversion is “the most fun to drive, it’s the fastest, it has the most acceleration. It’s just way more fun than the gas ones.”

Gerry Kopelow's Electric BMW

Gerry Kopelow’s Electric BMW

 

The 6 1/2 minute interview can be found here:
http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Manitoba/ID/2387826472/

Do check it out!

Sun Country Highways meets with MEVA, CBC TV, and the Hilton

On May 17th, 2013, Ian Gardner from Sun Country Highways visited Winnipeg, arriving in a new Tesla Model S.

A number MEVA members met him at the Hilton Hotel, where there is a charging station. The Hilton was very gracious is meeting with us and letting Ian charge his EV there.

Sun Country's Tesla at the Hilton

Sun Country’s Tesla at the Hilton

CBC TV also came and interviewed Ian and MEVA member Ross Redman. You can see the news spot at this link, starting at 5:32. Ross is seen at 6:05. He says about his all electric Mitsubishi Miev:

“For a whole year, it cost me $76 to go 10,000 kilometers.”

“In the winter time, it uses less electricity than a block heater does. So, not only do I save all of the gas, I save some of the electricity as well.”

Impressive!

We send a big thank you to all. In alphabetical order, CBC for airing the segment, the Hilton for their graciousness, and Sun Country for visiting.

 

The Case For Electric Vehicles in Manitoba: 80 Times Less Pollution Than Gasoline!

Recently, one of MEVA’s members wrote a series of articles for the University of Manitoba newspaper: The Case For Electric Vehicles.

The first articles compares pollution statistics between internal combustion engine (ICE) versus electric vehicles (EVs).

“even if your car gets 7.8 litres per 100 kilometres over a lifetime of 160,000 kms, the car will consume 12,617 litres and create 29,848 kilograms (or 29.8 tonnes) of carbon dioxide. Since many cars such as the Toyota Camry weigh about one metric tonne, this means that the car will produce about 30 times its weight in CO2 over 160,000 kms. … ”

“The corresponding CO2 for these vehicles charged with hydroelectricity will be only 375 kgs, which is less than half a metric tonne. Compared to the almost 30 metric tonnes that the ICE vehicle produces, the electric vehicle running on hydroelectricity is about 80 times cleaner!”

See the full article here:

http://www.themanitoban.com/2013/01/the-case-for-electric-vehicles-crunching-numbers-part-1-of-3/13898/