2014 MEVA AGM and Dinner


AGM_logo1Thursday, November 27th, 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at Fort Whyte Alive! 1961 McCreary Rd., Winnipeg, MB

To make your reservation for the MEVA AGM dinner, email your name and phone number to rossredman54@gmail.com

Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association (MEVA) members invite everyone to join us for dinner and our Annual General Meeting (AGM), at the Siobhan Richardson Field Station, at Fort Whyte Alive!

This year, the AGM and Dinner will be a very relaxed (no tie) event. Our special guest speaker will be Matthew Riesmeyer, one of the student Executives of the University of Manitoba Society of Automotive Engineers (UMSAE), the second largest university SAE chapter in the world. Matt is going to give us an overview of UMSAE, and perhaps we can convince him to give us some hints about how the UMSAE Polar Bear Racing Formula Electric team is planning to build this year’s electric race car.

Tomorrow evening, we’ll also welcome some of MEVA’s newest members, including three fourteen year old boys who are building an electric bike. They’ve already had it attain speeds over 80 km/h! Incredibly bright young fellows.

Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Annual General Meeting, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will include the election of MEVA Executives for 2015. Only members of the Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association will be eligible to vote, so, please join us.

Dinner: $23.50, including tax.   Annual MEVA membership: $20.00.

Membership dues and price of supper may be paid by cash or cheque, at the event.

MEVA Elections

Well respected former MEVA executive members Rob McClement (Past-President) and Mike Loewen (Past-Vice-President) have stepped forward to manage the elections. Here is a letter from Rob, giving election details.

Dear MEVA members, 

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on November 27th. In addition to an evening of good food and conversation, we will be having our annual elections. All members are eligible to vote. Any member may let let their name stand for election. Please see the adjoining list of the positions to be filled by election, followed by respective descriptions. These are one year terms. 

Mike Loewen and I have offered to assist with the election process. Our intent is to have the elections run smoothly, efficiently and democratically.

If you have an interest in serving on the executive of MEVA, please consider putting your name forward for nomination. We plan to have each nominee address those in attendance prior to the vote. It will give the nominee an opportunity to share their vision or qualification for the position with the voters. Two minutes or so would do. 

If you are interested and have questions, please contact either Mike Loewen (204) 256-0003 or Rob McClement (204) 745-6477. Let’s have a
healthy democratic process. 

Thanks for your consideration!


Rob McClement



The President shall represent the Association as the official spokesperson; serve as an ex-officio member of all Association committees; approve the agenda for each meeting; preside at all meetings of the Association; see that all orders and resolutions of the Executive Committee are carried into effect.

The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President during his or her absence; handle arrangements for programs and meetings; co-lead meetings with the President; perform such other duties as the President or the Executive Committee shall prescribe.

The Secretary shall record all votes and minutes of all proceedings; give or cause to be given notice for all meetings; when required, prepare or cause to be prepared and available at each meeting, a list of the names of the members eligible to vote;
keep all the documents and records of the Association in a proper and safe manner;
perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the President or the Executive Committee.

The Treasurer shall have custody of the Association funds and securities; keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in the Association books; deposit all money and other valuables in the name of and to the credit of the Association into such depositories as may be designated by the Executive Committee; disburse the funds of the Association as may be ordered or authorized by the Executive Committee and preserve proper vouchers for such disbursements; render to the President and Executive Committee at the regular meetings of the Board, or whenever may be required, an account of all transactions made as Treasurer, and of the financial condition of the Association; submit a written report at the annual meeting of the previous year’s income and expenses; perform such duties as prescribed by the President and/or the Executive Committee.

The Member-at-Large shall conduct projects to further the goals of the Association; develop services for the membership; serve as chair of any ad hoc committee formed to develop such projects; listen to the membership and communicate their issues, needs and interests to the Executive Committee; identify potential problems and opportunities;
work effectively toward common goals as a team member; set objectives and develop action plans for selected and/or assigned projects.

Remember to make your reservation, today, for the MEVA AGM Dinner; email your name and phone number to rossredman54@gmail.com

This is an opportunity for all EV enthusiasts to show our thanks to the good folks at Fort Whyte for installing an EV charging station in front of the Alloway Reception Centre. We can also bring some well-deserved attention to the many other great examples of environmental leadership being practised at Fort Whyte Alive!

See you there!


MEVAfest 2014


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!



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

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 http://youtu.be/CBj_XWKdik8. 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 info@manitobaev.ca 

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: http://www.itstradeshows.com/fallhomeindex.html

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!