July 2015 Meeting:


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!

June 2015 Meeting: MEVAfest is moving downtown!


7:00 PM, Thursday, June 25, 2015

Room E2-330 U. of M. Engineering Building, 15 Gilson Street, Winnipeg.

June 2015 Meeting:

MEVAfest is moving.  It’s official, we’ll celebrate the fifth anniversary of MEVAfest, at Manyfest, in downtown Winnipeg, Saturday afternoon, September 12th!  We’d like to thank everyone who supported our successful application to participate in Manyfest 2015.

Manyfest is attended by tens of thousands of visitors.  So, EV enthusiasts will have the opportunity to let lots of folks know how inexpensive these “green” machines are to operate and just how much fun they are to drive!  Come help us plan a celebration of electric vehicles to be eagerly anticipated by many and forgotten by none!

Also to be discussed at this meeting, the UMSAE Polar Bear Formula Electric Racing team is inviting MEVA members to participate in a field test day of their open-wheeled race car, perhaps at the airfield in St. Andrews or the Gimli Motorsports Park.  Marc Pelland, the Communications Officer for the team, will attend the later portion of this meeting to tell us more about this exciting invitation.

We’ve got lots of work to do, and plenty of fun to plan.  So, please, don’t miss this important meeting!

MEVA Members Win Gold!


Congratulations to


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


Energy East pipeline – a threat to Manitoba’s drinking water?

Retired biophysicist Dennis LeNeveu authored an unsettling report, which was recently released by the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition (MEJC). Here’s a brief summary of the CBC and Canadian Press coverage of that report.

A new report from the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition says that a pipeline, which would carry one million barrels of oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to the east, would threaten the drinking water of over 60 per cent of Manitoba residents. MEJC member Dennis LeNeveu said the oil would be carried across Manitoba in a 40-year-old repurposed natural gas line, which can get corroded. He said such pipelines have ruptured four times in Manitoba in the last 20 years. The report said a rupture in the proposed Energy East pipeline would seep into any number of waterways which feed into Winnipeg’s water supply. Part of the line would run underneath the aqueduct which brings Winnipeg’s drinking water from Shoal Lake. According to LeNeveu, the entire length of Winnipeg’s aqueduct would be in danger of contamination from the nearby pipeline.

“Every township and section has roads with ditches that drain into streams or the drains that have been constructed around Winnipeg,” he wrote. “This means that valve closure on a major water crossing would not necessarily be effective, (because) a rupture on a minor water crossing could drain into Winnipeg.” He added, “Winnipeg has much to lose from the pipeline crossing within its boundaries and little to gain.”

There would also be “a significant risk of explosion” from a nearby natural gas line in Manitoba, LeNeveu said. Such an explosion could “easily be as large or larger” than the  explosion, which killed 47 people, when a train derailed in Lac Megantic, Que. “The smoke plume from such an explosion and fire could necessitate the immediate evacuation of the entire population of Winnipeg should it occur nearby.”

He claimed that, in the event of a large leak, the city of Winnipeg and Manitoba could be on the hook for cleanup costs.

LeNeveu said many other communities in Manitoba draw their water from rivers that intersect with the pipeline. Therefore, they would be vulnerable as well.

The retired biophysicist stated that any spill could also have a serious impact on Manitoba’s commercial fishery, farms and hunting.

Dennis LeNeveu discussed his report with MEVA members and visitors who attended our monthly meeting in May. MEVA members very sincerely thank Dennis and the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition for passionately dedicating so much time and effort to try to keep Manitoba safe for all of us.

Now it’s your turn. Dennis stressed the need to address this issue immediately, and he presented a very compelling case. To learn more about the concerns raised by Dennis, and how you can become involved, go to the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition website.


Most Manitobans recognize that we’re all responsible for preserving a healthy environment. But, to some folks, the enormity of such a responsibility seems overwhelming. However, our experience has shown that cooperating to achieve this goal can be fun. The Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association (MEVA) meets at 7:00 PM, on the last Thursday of every month, from January through November, usually in the University of Manitoba Engineering Building. Our meetings are always open to the public. So, please, join us.

Discover how easy it is to go green!


April Meeting re: EV bargains, also off-road EVs

7:00 PM, Thursday, April 30, 2015

Room E2-330 U. of M. Engineering Building, 15 Gilson Street, Winnipeg.

Hey folks, bring your notebooks or iPads, because you won’t want to forget anything this month’s presenters have to tell us.

First, MEVA Treasurer, Jeff Bergal, is going to demystify the steps involved in shopping for EV bargains south of the boarder. Jeff will share what he learned, when he benefitted from some of those very good deals. Who knows, maybe you can afford that EV you’ve been hankering for, without having to cash in your RRSPs!

Our second presenter will be MEVA’s long-time friend Bruce Duggan. If you’re afraid that you’ll have to give up off-roading to reduce your big carbon footprint, then you’ll want to hear what Bruce has to say. He’s going to summarize the latest information on off-road electric vehicles. Not only could one get you to your favourite remote fishing hole, but these off-road EVs have the potential to do important work in northern First Nations communities, too.

Go green!


Jeff Bergal CA, MBA, owner of Visions Kitchen Showcase, past Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Assiniboine Credit Union, member of Financial Executives International Canada, contributor to the Canadian Financial Executives Research Foundation…

Bruce Duggan is Director of the Buller Centre for Business Education at Providence University College, President of Boke Consulting, a 50 by 30 Steering committee member, a Green Faith Alliance Steering Committee member…

Manitoba’s First Level 3 EV Charging Station


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).


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!


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!

2nd MEVA meeting of 2015


7:00 PM, Thurs., Feb. 26th

Room E2-330 U. of M. Engineering Building, 15 Gilson Street, Winnipeg.

  • Because of the favourable impression MEVA members made on Doug Bedford, the Manitoba Street Rod Association (MSRA) representative who was at our October meeting, the MSRA has invited the Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association to have a display at their Rodarama car show, April 24, 25 & 26th. Specifically, MSRA has invited MEVA to display a converted vehicle and the electric bike which MEVA members Matthew Hewlett, Caleb Turon and Dawson Kingston are currently building. Doug will be at Thursday’s meeting to tell us all about the show.

    More good News! Matthew Riesmeyer, Chairman of the University of Manitoba Society of Automotive Engineers, just confirmed that arrangements have been made for MEVA to tour the UMSAE shop Thursday evening. So, we can spend 30 minutes discussing MEVA business: arrangements for the upcoming World of Wheels car show and the Rodarama car show. Then, we can head downstairs to see the early stages of development of this year’s UMSAE electric race car, and talk with some of those Polar Bear Racing Team members.

    See you there!

If you’ve never attended one of our meetings, here’s your chance. Can’t make it this month? No problem, MEVA usually meets the last Thursday of every month (except December) and everyone is welcome.

Please, join us and discover how much fun it is to go green!

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!