On March 8th, the Southern Nevada Strong coalition hosted an educational discussion about electric vehicles. The event was organized by Marie Steele, Manager of Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy at NV Energy, with support from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy and the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission.
The location of the EV presentation was at the Mobile Training Center of the RTC in Las Vegas and featured electric buses from Proterra, NAVYA, GreenPower Bus, and Adomani, as well as electric cars from Nissan, Tesla, and BMW.
Ahern Energy provided portable solar-powered trailers that supported a ChargePoint AC Level 2 charging station to replenish the battery packs of the vehicles on display while parked.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association, also known as SEMA, celebrated its 50th annual trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center this month from Nov. 1 – 4, with over 2,400 exhibit booths and more than 160,000 international attendees.
The event featured a “hot rod” culture that originated from Los Angeles in 1966 at Dodger stadium and moved to Las Vegas in 1977.
Attendees and exhibitors are interested in showcasing and developing custom enhancements to stock automobiles by creating products after market that enhance performance, body styling, comfort and passenger safety for all types of “rides”.
Some of the electric car highlights at the trade show included a 1962 pickup truck EV conversion from Local Motors, a closer look at Formula E race car technologies, a custom Tesla Model S styling enhancement,and a look at the aluminum “body in white” for both the new Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Motors Model X.
Local Motors recently acquired motor technology from Motoczysz, an electric motorcycle builder who won several international electric motorcycle competitions at Isle of Man, eGrand Prix and other events.
The organization’s online design community has been challenged to work with this motor to adapt it to many different forms of electric vehicle transportation.
The first working prototype is a 1962 Datsun 1200 pickup truck that has been converted to an electric vehicle. The truck uses the Motocysz motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack built into the truck bed.
Other electric vehicle exhibits during SEMA 2016 included custom styling of a Tesla Motors Model S by Unplugged Customs.
Two welding exhibits at SEMA 2016 featured the unpainted aluminum “body in white” shells in the North Hall of the exhibit for the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Motors Model X.
Magelec Propulsion, owned by Craig Daniels, exhibited its contribution to the Formula E electric car racing circuit by showcasing its MGU M61R electric motor, that is rated at 200 kilowatts and is coupled with its company’s F6R gearbox.
The NextEV racing team uses this motor in its Formula E car. Maximum speed is 225 km/hour up to 12,000 rpm and acceleration time from 0-100 km/hour is 3.0 seconds.
Vehicle electrification is becoming accepted by SEMA attendees and its hot rod car culture. During a Vehicle Electronics Forum led by John Waraniak of SEMA, discussion panel members agreed that some form of vehicle electrification will be required to achieve CAFE standards of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
EVs were also the best platforms to enable autonomous, self-driving vehicles.
Waraniak began his automotive career with Hughes Aircraft and GM by working on the pioneering Sunraycer, a solar-powered electric car that won the very first World Solar Challenge race in Australia during 1987. The SunRaycer technology was also implemented into the GM Impact prototype, the predecessor to the EV1 electric car program launched by GM during the 1990s.
NASCAR staged the DC Solar 350 Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, beginning at 5:30 PM on Saturday, October 1.
On Saturday morning from 10 AM to 3 PM, Star Nursery, KVVU-TV Fox 5, KKLZ-FM radio and the Las Vegas Review-Journal co-sponsored a pre-race festival that included a 2nd annual “Show and Shine” car show to benefit local children’s charities.
There were 211 car entries in the event that raised over $35,000 for Speedway Children’s Charities:
This year, the Show & Shine car show included an “Electric Car” category with awards for first and second place judging.
LVEVA members Evan Eskelson, Jim Katzen and Stan Hanel participated in the electric car category of the “Show & Shine” event.
Evan Eskelson exhibited a 1987 Aztec 7 kit car EV conversion, that was sponsored by a donation of ten 12-volt DC batteries from Enersys/Odyssey Battery company.
The EV conversion has been built on a Volkswagen Bug chassis with a fiberglass body that included gullwing doors. The body shape and style had been modeled after a 1980s Lamborghini Countach car design with a sharp wedge front and foldaway headlights.
Jim Katzen exhibited a vintage 1981 Jet Electrica electric car, built by Jet Industries on a modified Ford Escort glider.
An integrated charging system recharges both the traction battery pack and the auxiliary pack through one central electronics unit.
DC Solar provided portable ChargePoint CT4020 AC Level 2 stations and 110 VAC outlets mounted on trailers that were powered by photovoltaic solar panels and a storage battery pack to recharge the electric cars.
Both electric cars at the Show & Shine event were able to recharge their traction battery packs from sunshine while exhibiting at the car show.
DC Solar also sponsored the DC Solar 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck series race that night, that included a chase competition among the top eight NASCAR truck series drivers.
DC Solar power generation trailers were also used to provide LED tower lighting to multiple locations around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex.
DC Solar trailers also supplied power to a Busch Beer Garden and other vendor exhibits during the pre-race festival.
Video billboards with changing advertising displays could also be mounted on a DC Solar trailer and powered from the photovoltaic solar panels and battery backup power systems attached to the trailer.
The Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association participated in the annual National Drive Electric Week from September 10 – 18, 2016 by sponsoring a local gathering of electric car owners at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve on Saturday, September 10th from 10 AM to 2 PM:
The Las Vegas event was staged in the parking lot beneath a photovoltaic solar canopy that tracks the sun as it provides power to two ChargePoint stations. Four SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging ports were available to visiting electric cars during the event at no cost.
A gallery of pictures from the EVent can be found below.
Collaborating organizations and co-sponsors included Nissan, NV Energy, Springs Preserve, Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter, Clean Energy Project, Las Vegas Tesla Owners, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, DC Solar, Verdek, ChargePoint, and ClipperCreek.
DC Solar and Las Vegas Motor Speedway provided an additional Chargepoint CT4020 AC Level 2 station with two ports.
The ChargePoint station was mounted on a trailer with two photovoltaic solar panels that could be adjusted to different angles to track the sun. A backup battery pack and gasoline generator were available to provide supplemental power from the trailer.
The third annual “Electric Juice Bar Crawl” featured a caravan of electric vehicles that toured local public recharging station sites in Las Vegas, as well as offered rides to visitors.
ClipperCreek donated a model HCS-40 SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EVSE charging station that was raffled to support LVEVA educational outreach efforts.
Jason and Marci Semerau, owners of a Nissan LEAF, were the winners of the Clipper Creek charging station.
Refreshments and beverages were by the LVEVA, SolarNV, and Verdek, LLC during the event.
Thank you for visiting the website of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, a local chapter of the international Electric Auto Association: www.electricauto.org
Monthly meetings of the LVEVA are held on the second Saturday of each month at the Switch Innevation Center in a third floor conference room from 10 AM to noon at:
6795 S Edmond St, 3rd Floor, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Take the elevator from the ground floor up to the third floor and follow the signs to the LVEVA meeting conference room.
The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Our non-profit organization promotes the use of plug-in electric vehicles within the state of Nevada to create a cleaner environment, lessen the state’s dependence on fossil fuels, avoid involvement in destructive wars over scarce resources, and provide economic benefits to the local economy through the consumption of renewable electric energy for transportation.