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!


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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