On Thursday, August 7, 2014, over 2,500 avid race fans had a chance to get up close to electric vehicles from MEVA and CAA Manitoba, at Red River co-op Speedway.

Thanks to MEVA members Rob McClement, Mike Loewen, Stephen Gates and Dave Connell. Also, a big thanks to Carolyne Braid and all the great folks at Red River co-op Speedway. Let’s do it again!

(The speedway is less than 10 minutes south of the Perimeter Highway, on Cartier Road, west of Route 75, just north of St. Adolphe.)

See you at MEVAfest 2014 
2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Sat., Sept. 20th, at Assiniboine Park

Meeting: Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

  • AssentWorks

    125 Adelaide Street, Winnipeg, MB (map)

    Meet in the Board Room, 3rd floor.
    Free parking (after 6:00 p.m.) in Canadian Footwear parking lot, across the street from AssentWorks.
  • Hi folks,Many members have indicated that they won’t be at this month’s meeting, because they’re going away early for the long weekend. Consequently, we won’t have a quorum. However, those of us who will be in town could still get some things accomplished, in preparation for MEVAfest. So, let’s get together at 7:00 p.m., and have some fun.Visitors are always welcome! See you Thursday!

MEVA display at The Forks: a huge success!


Are they expensive? Do they work well in winter? What’s it like to drive an electric vehicle?Those are just some of the questions that people asked members of the Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association at our electric vehicle display, at The Forks Market Plaza, Saturday July 19, 2014.

Vehicles displayed:

Tesla model S, premium sedan (Lester & Ruth Deane);

Nissan LEAF, “Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car” (Jon Phillips);

Mitsubishi i-MiEV, incredibly energy-efficient 5-door hatchback (Ross Redman);

Chevy Volt, plug-in hybrid-electric car (Jason Calnek);

Chevy S10 4×4 pickup truck, converted from gas to electric power (Gerry Kopelow);

plus an electric bicycle and an electric scooter (Dave  Connell).

EVs are easier and less expensive to maintain than gas-powered vehicles, no oil changes or tune ups. Last year, MEVA member Ross Redman drove his Mitsubishi i-Miev, an electric vehicle, more than 10,000 km, and paid less than $100 for the energy to do it.

This was a great opportunity for MEVA members to tell everyone how much fun we’re having driving electric vehicles.

A big thanks to MEVA member Ric Lim for posting these terrific pictures online at Flickr. Also, a special thanks to Earl Martin for making this video of the event, which he posted at Kudos to everyone who helped to make MEVA’s display at The Forks so much fun. Well done!

MEVA Attends World Of Wheels 2014

MEVA is very proud to attend Autorama’s World Of Wheels March 14 to 16, 2014.

World Of Wheels is “America’s Premier Custom Car Show Series”, filled with many very nicely finished classic cars. It is attended by very serious car enthusiasts, and the admiring public.

Old Mercedes at the 2012 World Of Wheels

Old Mercedes at the 2012 World Of Wheels

MEVA is very pleased to be accepted as part of the show. Electric vehicles, we feel are the wave of the future. We also feel that EV’s characteristic “100 torque at zero RPM” will appeal to many drivers interested in serious car performance.

If you are interested in cars in general, or electric vehicles, please be sure to attend World of Wheels.

World Of Wheels will be held at the Winnipeg Convention Center, Friday to Sunday, March 14 to 16, 2014.  Hours are:

Friday:      3 to 10 pm
Saturday:  10 am to 10 pm
Sunday:    10 am to 6 pm

Details for tickets can be found here:

Update: March 18, 2014

When MEVA attended World Of Wheels, it was a great experience.

MEVA At World Of Wheels 2014

MEVA At World Of Wheels 2014

The Nissan Leaf did stick out quite a bit from the rest of the vehicles. It was not a classic car. Not a fast muscle car. Not internal combustion. No expensive repaint, or even a nice wax job.

But we had lots of interest. Of the 30K estimated visitors, hundreds of visitors came by our booth. We gave out at least 400 invitations to MEVAFest in September.

Most had never seen an electric vehicle before, so it was a new experience for many. They were quite intrigued when we told them about the benefits of EVs: 160 km range, 100% torque, low operating expenses, very little maintenance, Manitoba emissions 50 times cleaner than internal combustion, and other benefits.

Mike won an award for the best Special Interest Vehicle

Mike's Award for Best Special Interest Vehicle

Mike’s Award for Best Special Interest Vehicle

It’s nice to be recognized. :)

We’re looking forward to next year’s World Of Wheels.

Thanks to everyone that helped make our attendance at World Of Wheels happen:

Mike Loewen especially for bringing his Nissan Leaf and attending all three days. And:

Robert Elms
Ross Redman
Dan Clark
Neil Crawford
Don Himbeault

We really appreciate it!

If you missed the event, be sure to come to MEVAFest, on Saturday, September 20, 2014, in Assiniboine Park. More details soon.



Independent US oil producers will spend $1.50 drilling for every dollar they get back.

From Bloomberg comes another sobering report on how expensive it actually is to mine ro extract oil in the USA.

Some quotes:

Independent oil producers will spend $1.50 drilling this year for every dollar they get back.

Even with crude above $100 a barrel, shale producers are spending money faster than they make it.

For each shale well, Chesapeake will spend an average of $6.4 million (per well) this year.

Sanchez Energy Corp. plans to spend as much as $600 million this year, almost double its estimated 2013 revenue, on the Eagle Ford shale formation in south Texas.

The output of shale wells drops faster (than conventional wells), falling by 60 to 70 percent in the first year alone!

(Can you imagine if your business revenue dropped as fast?)

Read the whole story here:

MEVA Members Available For Speaking Engagements


One of MEVA’s goals is to reach out to the general public and speak about electric vehicles. 

MEVA’s biggest annual event is MEVAFest, held in mid September at Assiniboine Park, where we give rides in electric vehicles to hundreds of people. 

MEVA members are also available to speak to groups or at other events and gatherings. 

Groups could be classes at schools or university, non-profit organizations, corporations, church groups, and so on. Perhaps even a drive by at a sporting event at half time. 

MEVA members really feel that the benefits electric vehicles bring to the consumer, the environment, and society as a whole, are substantial, and are we very interested to spread the message.

We of course, also like to meet with the media: radio, TV, newspapers, and online. 

If your organization would like to hear more, and see a presentation from a MEVA member, please contact us at 

We would love to hear from you!


Dr. Guy McPherson, Climate Change Expert, Speaks on February 6

Gerry Kopelow, a MEVA member who has converted at least two internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric, has helped to bring Dr. Guy McPherson, climate change expert, to Winnipeg.

Gerry Writes:

I am writing because I think you might be interested in meeting a speaker my meditation group is bringing to Winnipeg; Dr. Guy McPherson, Professor Emeritus, Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Arizona.

Dr. McPherson has made a detailed study of current climate science and has concluded that near term human extinction is possible in the next few decades. He will be giving a public talk at the West End Cultural Centre on Thursday evening, February 6, 2014.

Guy is an articulate, warm-hearted, and witty presenter. Very personable and accessible. He wants to stay busy while he is in Winnipeg, and would be available to meet smaller groups – professional, academic, or MEVA – if there is interest.

For a very compact introduction to Guy’s approach, take a look at:



More details are in the links below.

Links for the public talk on Thursday evening, February 6, at the West End Cultural Center, are here:




MEVA Invited to the 2013 Fall Home Show

The 2013 Fall Home Show will be November 1st to 3rd, 2013 and MEVA will attend.

If you have any questions about electric vehicles, this is your opportunity to ask face to face questions of some of the early adopters of electric vehicles here in Winnipeg.

The Fall Home Show will be at Red River Exhibition grounds near Headingly. Details can be found here:

MEVA will be in booths 27 to 29, that you can see here:

So far, the early adopters of electric vehicles in Winnipeg own their own home. Since the Fall Home Show is geared toward home owners, the attendees are a similar target market to potential electric vehicle owners.

Hours for the general public are:

Friday November 1, 2013:  Noon to 7 pm
Saturday November 2:     10 am to 7 pm
Sunday November 3:       10 am to 7 pm

Admission is free.

Bring your friends!


Update, November 5, 2013:

The Fall Home Show was a great opportunity for MEVA to meet the general public.

Nissan Leaf At the Fall Home Show

Nissan Leaf At the Fall Home Show

Dozens of attendees to the show came by to talk with MEVA members and see the electric vehicles on display.

Tesla Model S at the Fall Home Show

Many attendees stayed for a long time, and asked a lot of very good questions about electric vehicles, which we were happy to answer.

We can confidently say that many were quite impressed with the capabilities of electric vehicles!


October 2013 Meeting Will Be October 24th, not October 31st

Given that the usual last Thursday of the month will be October 31st (Halloween), the October meeting will be Thursday, October 24th.


Gerry Kopelow will be speaking.  If you don’t know already, Gerry has worked with electricity since he was a boy, and has converted both a 1985 BMW, and a 2001 Chevy S10. Suffice to say, he is very knowledgeable about ICE to EV conversions.

If you have any technical questions on conversions, or EVs in general, this is your opportunity to get some great answers.

Time and place details are here:


In 1912 in Winnipeg, Detroit Electric Cars Worked Fine at -44 degrees Fahrenheit

“With the mercury standing at 44 degrees below zero in Winnipeg, Detroit Electric Commercial Vehicles were on the streets giving their regular service, although traffic in general was at a standstill. Think of it. The cold was so intense that even telegraph wires were snapped.”

See this 1912 ad for the Detroit Electric

Advertisement for 1912 Detroit Electric

Advertisement for 1912 Detroit Electric


1912 The Detroit Electric
Anderson Electric Car Company
Detroit, Michigan
The Horseless Age magazine Vol. 29, No. 8
February 21, 1912, Page 8, 9”x12”
Thanks Chuck!

The concept of electrified transportation in Manitoba is not a new idea, and technology for electric vehicles and regenerative braking were developed over 100 years ago.  The first electric streetcar arrived in Winnipeg on November 25, 1890, and in 1911 one could find in the pages of the Free Press numerous articles and advertisements selling electric vehicles, with a Detroit Electric Service Station located on Carlton Street, just North of Portage Avenue.

The Detroit Electric car utilized the Edison battery, based on a nickel-iron chemistry, which functioned in minus 44° F or plus 110° F temperatures without difficulty.  Original Edison batteries can still be found in use today in several applications, still functioning at their full capacity.

Some car enthusiasts, such as Jay Leno, are still driving their Baker Electric vehicles today on their original batteries.

The downside of the Edison battery was their cost, which led to the dominance of the inferior lead acid battery still in common use today, and eventually to the development of several other nickel battery chemistries.  Nonetheless, the Edison battery became Thomas Edison’s most profitable invention, gaining wide adoption in mining lamps and railway signalling.

In 1900 the automobiles manufactured in the USA consisted of 1,684 steam-driven, 1,575 electric, and 963 gasoline cars.  By 1912 the USA had 30,000 electric and 900,000 gasoline vehicles on the road, with the Century Electric Roadster being sold for $1,750 USD while the Model T went for $550 USD.

By 1920 there were 20 million gasoline vehicles a year being built in the USA, and electric car manufacturers had either gone out of business or started building cars with gasoline engines.  The continuing trend and popularity of gasoline powered vehicles was a result of World War I, in which they proved their reliability and utility under difficult conditions.  Other contributing factors to the preference of internal combustion powered automobiles included a cheaper initial purchase price, greater distance range than the purely electric vehicle, refueling could be done in minutes, and several electric vehicle companies marketed their electric cars mainly towards wealthy woman resulting in a limited niche market.  Perhaps most importantly however, was the discovery of crude oil in East Texas, which greatly reduced the price of gasoline, and the invention of the electric starter by Charles Kettering in 1911, which eliminated the hand crank (and hand crank injuries) and made the gasoline car easy to start.

By Jeff Blais

A 1911 ad from the Winnipeg Free Press can be seen here:

1911 Detroit Electric Ad from the Winnipeg Free Press

1911 Detroit Electric Ad from the Winnipeg Free Press