LVEVA Meeting at Findlay Chevrolet on November 18th from 10 AM to Noon

The next two general monthly meetings of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association will be staged on the third Saturday of November and December 2017, due to scheduling conflicts at host sites for the second Saturday calendar.

Next month’s LVEVA general meeting will be at the Findlay Chevrolet conference room on Saturday morning, November 18th, from 10 AM to noon.

Address: 6800 S Torrey Pines Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Main Tel: 702-982-4000

In addition to general electric vehicle discussions, the meeting agenda will focus on 2017 models of the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car and Chevrolet Volt gasoline/electric plug-in hybrid. Attendees at the event will be able to test drive each vehicle in order to “feel the torque” of an electric motor drive train.

Come test drive electric cars from GM Chevrolet on Saturday, November 18th, while meeting other members of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, who can share their experiences about the latest 21st century transportation technologies!

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The LVEVA general meeting in December 2017 will be staged on Saturday morning, December 16th from 10 AM to noon at Rob Roy’s Switch InNEVation Center.

Address: 6795 S. Edmond Street, Las Vegas, NV 89118.

Take the elevator from the ground floor of the InNEVation Center building lobby up to the 3rd floor and follow the “LVEVA” signs to the assigned meeting room.

The meeting agenda will review electric car news and events during 2017, as well as look ahead at rollouts of the Tesla Model 3, 2018 Nissan LEAF, GM Chevrolet Bolt EV, Toyota Prius Prime and other new models coming online during 2018.

Updates about the latest developments of the Nevada Electric Highway and other interstate recharging station infrastructure projects will also be discussed.

Come spend two hours at Rob Roy’s InNEVation Center to learn more about electric car technologies and meet new friends on Saturday, December 16th!

LVEVA Electric Car Rally at Springs Preserve on September 9th.

The September general meeting of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association coincided with National Drive Electric Week celebrations being staged in 270 cities worldwide during the week of September 9 – 17, 2017.

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

The LVEVA co-hosted an electric car rally at Springs Preserve museum parking lot from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, September 9th, located at: 333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107

The electric car gathering was staged beneath a canopy of photovoltaic solar cell panels.

Two ChargePoint stations with three SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plugs were available for electric vehicles to recharge from energy generated by the sun.

Informational booths about EVs and related issues were sponsored by Nissan, LVEVA, Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter, NEVA, and Citizens Climate Lobby

About 150 attendees and 40 vehicles visited the event during the day.

A GM Chevrolet Spark EV, Tesla Roadster and Tesla Model X gather spectators during NDEW event at Springs Preserve on Sept. 9th.

Vendor and non-profit organizations provided information about electric car technologies and support infrastructure to visitors. Plug-in electric car models were on display from Tesla, GM Chevrolet, Nissan, Ford, Fiat, BMW, Daimler and other automotive manufacturers throughout the day.

Sponsors included Nissan, NV Energy, Plug-in America, Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter, Citizens Climate Lobby, Verdek, ChargePoint, Las Vegas Tesla Owners group, the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) program from REA250, and the Drive Clean Energy Las Vegas program from Green Alliance of Nevada.

Jane Feldman from Sierra Club Toiyabe chapter shared a video of the NDEW event on her Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/jane.feldman1/videos/pcb.10155337926952771/10155337881287771/?type=3&theater

NV Energy supplied a walk-through “Renewable Generations” trailer exhibit that showcased solar thermal, solar photovoltaic and wind generation technologies.

NV Energy Renewable Generations Trailer exhibit showcased solar and wind generation solutions.

Mark Larsen drove his Nissan LEAF from St. George, Utah to the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas and back over the weekend, chronicling his journey both ways, as well as his visit to the NDEW gathering: http://bit.ly/ndewvegas

“A good time was had by all!”

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

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

Findlay Chevrolet is located 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 featured a special presentation about the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car that will be making its Nevada debut during September 2017.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Interior and Dashboard

Doug Fleming, General Manager of the Findlay Chevrolet dealership, gave all attendees the latest Bolt EV 2017 brochure that included vehicle specifications, as well as optional vehicle colors, interior trim, and 17-inch wheel designs.

A 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack and electric motor drive train enable the Bolt EV to travel 238 miles between charging sessions, while accelerating from zero to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds with 226 lb.-ft. of torque.

A myChevrolet mobile app allows integration of a personal mobile phone with the operation of the vehicle and the onboard MyLink 10.2-inch, touch-screen console display through either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. A built-in WiFi hotspot, voice recognition and voice feedback capabilities offer additional “hands-free” operation features for the driver, converting the Bolt EV into a mobile phone on wheels.

Energy Usage and Range Analysis screens give the driver real time feedback on driving performance.

There are two basic model package configurations, the Bolt EV LT and the Bolt EV Premier. The Premier model has a Driver Confidence package of accessories that include more Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, as well as a Comfort and Convenience package that includes heated seats.

More specifications and features can also be found online at the GM Chevrolet website:

http://www.chevrolet.com/byo-vc/client/en/US/chevrolet/bolt-ev/2017/bolt-ev/features/trims/?styleOne=388584

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

LVEVA Vice-President Justin Steele ordered a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier and a 2017 Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric hybrid vehicle for his family, to replace his existing 2012 Nissan LEAF and 2012 Chevrolet Bolt.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a game changer for the automotive industry and has won several awards that include Motor Trend 2017 Car of the Year and Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year.

GM is also basing its autonomous vehicle research efforts on the Chevrolet Bolt EV platform. The company’s Cruise ride sharing program is under development in San Francisco. Four modified Chevy Bolt EVs were seen charging at the Desert Research Institute on Flamingo Road in Las Vegas during August 2017.

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.