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!