Chevy Bolt EV Rollout – Monthly LVEVA Meeting at Findlay Chevrolet on August 12th

The Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association will hold its monthly meeting at Findlay Chevrolet in the dealership’s conference room from 10 AM to noon on August 12th.

Findlay Chevrolet is located next to the Gaudin Ford dealership near South Rainbow Blvd. and Hwy 215 intersection at:

6800 S. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Contact Tel: 782-982-4000

Chevrolet Bolt EV

This month’s meeting will feature a special presentation about the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car that will be making its Nevada debut during August 2017.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Interior and Dashboard

The Findlay Chevrolet dealership is expecting to receive Bolt EV models for sale by the time of the August 12th meeting and may also be able to offer test drives, if models are available.

Chevy Bolt EV charging port with SAE Combo connector for DC Fast Charging.

After the Bolt EV presentation, the remainder of the LVEVA monthly meeting will feature an open discussion about recent EVents, including Faraday Future factory plan suspension in North Las Vegas, Tesla Model 3 production ramp-up, National Drive Electric Week observance at Springs Preserve in September, and other electric car topics.

Come join our meeting to share some good fellowship and learn about an exciting new electric car product from GM.

LVEVA Media Coverage and Upcoming Events

Latest happenings at Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association during June and July 2017:

1. Installation for LVEVA Officer Positions: Lloyd Reece will continue as President and Treasurer while Justin Steele replaces Evan Eskelson as Vice-President. Stan Hanel will take over as Secretary for website administration and social media communications.

2. Media coverage:
Las Vegas Review-Journal with video featuring LVEVA President Lloyd Reece demonstrating the operation of his Nissan LEAF:

https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/nevada-prepares-for-an-electric-car-boom/

Las Vegas Business Press regarding EV infrastructure statewide, written by Stan Hanel:

https://businesspress.vegas/economy/transportation/new-law-promotes-electric-car-infrastructure-in-nevada/

News3-TV, Channel 3 of LVEVA President Lloyd Reece and his Nissan LEAF, as well as his vintage 1982 Lectra Motors electric car:

http://news3lv.com/news/local/electric-car-lovers-still-confident-in-nevada

KLAS-TV, Channel 8 regarding Nevada Electric Highway charging station infrastructure and featuring two members of Las Vegas Tesla Owners and their Model S vehicles:

http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/nevada-installs-electric-car-charging-stations-around-the-state/763311065

3. Upcoming Events:

August 12th: LVEVA Monthly Meeting at Findlay Chevrolet Special presentation about Chevrolet Bolt EV with test drives if models available (see post above).

September 9th: National Drive Electric Week event and electric car rally in Las Vegas on Saturday at Springs Preserve from 10 AM to 2 PM:

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=983

Note: This event is scheduled for the second Saturday of September and coincides with the same time slot as the monthly general meeting of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association during that month.

EV Summit at RTC Mobile Training Center during March 2017

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.

Electric Bus Showcased during EV Summit at RTC Mobile Training Center.
NAVYA autonomous electric shuttle bus exhibited by Keolis
NAVYA autonomous electric shuttle bus exhibited by Keolis

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.

Nissan Regional EV Sales Manager Valerie Kornahrens and Roland Lewis, Fleet Sales Manager from United Nissan explain features of Nissan LEAF.
Nissan Regional EV Sales Manager Valerie Kornahrens and Roland Lewis, Fleet Sales Manager from United Nissan explain features of Nissan LEAF.

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.

Ahern Energy portable solar-powered trailer can recharge electric cars and also feature programmable advertising on a digital billboard display.
Ahern Energy portable solar-powered trailer can recharge electric cars and also feature programmable advertising on a digital billboard display.
Tesla Model X is recharged from ChargePoint CT4000 mounted on an Ahern Energy solar-powered trailer.
Tesla Model X is recharged from ChargePoint CT4000 mounted on an Ahern Energy solar-powered trailer.

SEMA 2016 Electric Car Highlights

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.

Chevrolet unveils custom Camaro race car during SEMA 2016 that will be sold on auction through Barrett-Jackson to raise money for SEMA charities.
Chevrolet unveils custom Camaro race car during SEMA 2016 that will be sold on auction through Barrett-Jackson to raise money for SEMA charities.

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”.

Classic 1962 Datsun 1200 pickup truck was converted by Local Motors to an electric truck.
Classic 1962 Datsun 1200 pickup truck was converted by Local Motors to an electric truck.

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.

The bed of this 1962 Datsun 1200 electric pickup truck conversion from Local Motors features a lithium-ion battery pack and Motoczysz electric motor
The bed of this 1962 Datsun 1200 electric pickup truck conversion from Local Motors features a lithium-ion battery pack and Motoczysz electric motor

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.

CAD drawing of Motoczysz motor to be adapted by Local Motors online design community to multiple electric vehicles.
CAD drawing of Motoczysz motor to be adapted by Local Motors online design community to multiple electric vehicles.

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.

Local Motors EV conversion of 1962 Datsun 1200 pickup truck.
Local Motors EV conversion of 1962 Datsun 1200 pickup truck.

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.

Unplugged Customs exhibited special styling for a Tesla Motors Model S at SEMA 2016
Unplugged Customs exhibited special styling for a Tesla Motors Model S at SEMA 2016

Other electric vehicle exhibits during SEMA 2016 included custom styling of a Tesla Motors Model S by Unplugged Customs.

Rear of customized Tesla Motors Model S.
Rear of customized Tesla Motors Model S.

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.

Aluminum body shell of a Chevrolet Bolt ready for final welding and painting.
Aluminum body shell of a
Chevrolet Bolt ready for final welding and painting.

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.

Magelec Propulsion MGU 61R electric motor with F6R Gearbox is used by NextEV racing team for the Formula E international circuit.
Magelec Propulsion MGU 61R electric motor with F6R Gearbox is used by NextEV racing team for the Formula E international circuit.

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 DC Solar 350 “Show & Shine”

10/1/2016 NASCAR DC Solar 350 “Show & Shine”

Evan Eskelson exhibited his 1987 Aztec 7 kit car sponsored by Odyssey Battery company during Show & Shine car show.
Evan Eskelson exhibited his 1987 Aztec 7 kit car sponsored by Odyssey Battery company during Show & Shine car show.

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.

Show & Shine Car Show during pre-race festival of NASCAR DC Solar 350, a Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Show & Shine Car Show during pre-race festival of NASCAR DC Solar 350, a Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

There were 211 car entries in the event that raised over $35,000 for Speedway Children’s Charities:

http://lasvegas.speedwaycharities.org/

Rare Kaiser Henry J model car at Show & Shine car show during NASCAR pre-race festival.
Rare Kaiser Henry J model car at Show & Shine car show during NASCAR pre-race festival.

This year, the Show & Shine car show included an “Electric Car” category with awards for first and second place judging.

Jim Katzen plugs his vintage 1981 Jet Electrica into a DC Solar trailer to recharge from the sun.
Jim Katzen plugs his vintage 1981 Jet Electrica into a DC Solar trailer to recharge from the sun.

LVEVA members Evan Eskelson, Jim Katzen and Stan Hanel participated in the electric car category of the “Show & Shine” event.

1987 Aztec 7 kit car is styled similarly to a 1980s Lamborghini Countach.
1987 Aztec 7 kit car is styled similarly to a 1980s Lamborghini Countach.

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.

Rear view of 1987 Aztec kit car EV conversion showing modular design for motor and battery compartment.
Rear view of 1987 Aztec kit car EV conversion showing modular design for motor and battery compartment.

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.

Vintage 1981 Jet Electrica electric car built on a modified Ford Escort glider.
Vintage 1981 Jet Electrica electric car built on a modified Ford Escort glider.

Jim Katzen exhibited a vintage 1981 Jet Electrica electric car, built by Jet Industries on a modified Ford Escort glider.

Under the hood of a 1981 Jet Electrica with integrated charging system for both traction pack and auxiliary pack batteries.
Under the hood of a 1981 Jet Electrica with integrated charging system for both traction pack and auxiliary pack batteries.

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.

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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.

 

International Drive Electric Week 2016

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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:

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=590

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.

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Welcome To Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association

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.

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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.

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In memory of Larry Gareffa, LVEVA member Board of Directors, who passed away in June 2016. Godspeed. Rest In Peace.
In memory of Larry Gareffa, LVEVA member Board of Directors, who passed away in June 2016. Godspeed. Rest In Peace.