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!


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 2013 Annual General Meeting

MEVA will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 28th, 2013 at 6 PM.

Great Guest Speakers:

1: Robert V. Parsons and Jairo Viafara will present their recent study: Consumer Attitudes About Electric Cars: Pricing Analysis And Policy Implications, which was first presented at the annual Canadian electric vehicle conference in October. This paper has some very intriguing conclusions, and is something that anyone who is interested in promoting electric vehicles to the general public should see.

2: The other guest speaker will be Dale Friesen, Division Manager, Industrial and Commercial Solutions for Manitoba Hydro. Mr. Friesen will talk about the New Flyer/Mitsubishi electric bus that a number of MEVA members are familiar with. Mr. Friesen spoke about the electric bus at the annual Electric Vehicle Summit in Toronto earlier this year.

The Hilton:

This year, MEVA will hold the AGM at The Hilton, which is the first hotel in Winnipeg to have a public electric vehicle charger. The Hilton has been very gracious and has put together special arrangements for our meeting. Their chefs have prepared a really delicious meal for us. Please RSVP, so the hotel will have a realistic count of how many will be coming.

MEVA Elections:

The main business at the AGM will be to elect MEVA’s executive for 2014. If you are a MEVA member, and would like to run for a position, now is your chance to put your name forward. Your vote only counts at this meeting, so please come out to vote!

See you then!

Time:   Thursday, November 28th, 6 pm
Place: The Hilton, 1800 Wellington Avenue (near the Airport, at King Edward)


The executive for 2014 was elected at the AGM.  The results were:

Robert Elms, President (former Member At Large)
Rodger Lepinsky, Vice President (former Secretary)
Ross Redman, Secretary (new)
Willard Elliott, Treasurer  (re-elected)
Robert Yonza, Member At Large (new)

Interestingly, all the 2014 executive, except for Willard, have first names that start with “R”.

Congratulations to everyone on the Executive Committee and good luck in your next term!


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MEVAFest 2013 – Manitoba’s Festival of Electric Vehicles


MEVAfest is a public showcase of Electric Vehicles, Technology and Information.

EV’s are fun to drive!  Low maintenance.  Run on clean, cheap, abundant and renewable energy (cost about 15 cents/litre to run!).  No tailpipe!

Come see the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Chevy Volt production EV’s.  See vehicles that have been converted from gas to electric operation!  Talk to the owners and hear about their experiences.

Chauffeured EV rides around  Assiniboine Park!  Experience the quiet acceleration of an Electric Vehicle.  100% torque at 0 RPM!

MEVAfest will be held on Saturday, September 14th 2013, from 2pm to 5pm (raindate: Saturday, September 21nd, 2013)

This event will be held in Assiniboine Park at the Lyric Theatre location.

See you there!

You can download and print a PDF poster for the event here:

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May Monthly Meeting – Venue Change

MEVA is pleased to announce that we have been invited to hold our May Monthly Meeting at Red River College in order for us to see and hear information related to the Team Wikispeed project (see Youtube video below).  This session will be of interest to everyone, members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Date/Time: 30 May, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Location: Room P415 (4th floor), Red River College, 160 Princess St., in Winnipeg’s old Exchange District.

See you there!

Telsa Model S to appear at February MEVA meeting!


Kyle Friesen, of Steinbach, will be bringing his Model S Signature to the next MEVA (Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association) meeting. It will be held in room 218 of the Plant Science building on the U of M campus. We’ve made arrangements for the car to be indoors for a viewing and presentation by Kyle. The meeting will be at 7:00 pm on Thursday, Feb 28.  Everyone welcome!