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May Meeting: Electric Vehicles of the 70s

Saturday May 16th, 10:00 AM
IBEW68, 5660 Logan Street, Denver (map)

Thirty-eight years ago the International Electric Vehicle Exposition was held at McCormick Place in Chicago. The May meeting will be a slide presentation on that Expo as given at the DEVC meeting in May of 1977. The slides will display the technology and vehicles in development and available during that era of Electric Vehicles. One of the vehicles, the Kesling Electric Yare, is described in the Electric Vehicle News section of our May newsletter.

Want to see the pictures? Come to the meeting! After the presentation, we will discus any updates and future events, plus Tim’s new Zero FX. Remember our meetings are open to the public, so come on down and bring a friend

April Meeting: TinkerMill

April 18th 10am
TinkerMill, Longmont (map)
http://www.tinkermill.org/

The April meeting will be on Saturday the 18th at 10:00 AM. Our host will be TinkerMill, the Longmont Makerspace, at 1840 Delaware Place in Longmont. We will tour their facility, see their capabilities, and investigate the possible collaboration on an Electric Vehicle conversion project.

See the scheduled meetup at: http://www.meetup.com/LongmontHackerSpace/events/220861611/

DEVC Education Outreach

The DEVC Education Outreach Coordinator, Dave, has put together the Horizons EV Club for interested students at Horizons K-8 in Boulder. He is looking for donations for their first conversion project. Attached is a letter and flyer from Dave.

Horizons EV Club Letter and Flyer

Flyer Only

March Meeting: Swift Tram

Swift Tram
Saturday March 21st, 2015
3335 Airport Rd, Suite E, Boulder (map)
10:00am-12:00pm

The March meeting will be at Swift Tram in Boulder located at 3335 Airport Rd, Suite E. We will get an update on their latest advancements in automated seamless mobility for transportation of people around the world. From the Swift Tram website:

Swift redefines how we think about transit systems. The Swift advanced transit system has been designed specifically to respond to the problems that make conventional transportation systems expensive, inefficient, and inconvenient. Swift’s passengers will experience shorter travel times with direct-to-destination routing, improved safety and security, and higher levels of comfort and convenience than ever before

February Meeting: Optima Battery Presentation

February 21st, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm
Boulder Public Library, Meadows Branch (map)

The February meeting will be at the Meadows Branch of the Boulder Public Library, located at 4800 Baseline Road in Boulder. We will have a presentation by Dr. John Olson, who started his career in battery technology at Optima Batteries in 1994. His first assignment was to develop a deep cycle version of the Optima for EVs. The Optima soon became the choice for EV batteries, and in particular EV racing. John will share some stories and pictures from those early days of EV development. There will be time for Q&A about battery technology following the presentation.

EV Conversion resources

The DEVC is starting to form an electric vehicle conversion sub-committee! The following is from an DEVC email to interested members, and we thought the public would be interested too.

Many of you are probably already aware of these, but here are a couple of good discussion list resources for conversions:

http://www.evdl.org/ (The EV Discussion List was by far the largest and most thorough, internationally focused, discussion on all types of conversions – it’s great for digging into specific topics, but can be a little overwhelming and hard to follow at times – however it’s lost a lot of it’s glory in recent years and it not nearly as active as it used to be)

http://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums/ (similar to the EVDL but more active, more user friendly and arguably the spiritual heir to the EVDL)

http://www.elmoto.net/ (an forum specific to electric motorcycles including both commercially available bikes and conversions)

http://visforvoltage.org/ (a forum specific to smaller conversions like scooters, bicycles skateboards and the like – but there’s very little recent activity, so its probably best used strictly as a research tool)

Also, a great resource for vehicles and parts is: http://www.evtradinpost.com/

Anyone interested in the DEVC or the EV conversion sub-committee should sign up for a membership or email our president Tim Hass for more information.

January Meeting: DEVC Business

Saturday Jaunary 10th, 10am
5660 Logan Street, Denver (Map)

The Jaunary meeting will be a special meeting held at the IBEW68, located at 5660 Logan Street in Denver (near 58th and I-25). We will hold elections of officers and confirm our Webmaster and Newsletter Editor. In addition, we will discuss the rapid changes in the electric vehicle horizon and necessary directional adjustments for the DEVC to make in order to be in an improved position to assist in the continued expansion of electric vehicle use. David will put out a preliminary agenda, for members, a few days before the meeting, listing some of the items to be discussed. If you have any suggestions for discussion, please email David at jdmc44@comcast.net by January 5th.

December Meeting: Holiday Party

Cinzzetti’s Italian Restaurant
281 W 104th Avenue, Northglenn, CO 80234
http://www.cinzzettis.com/colorado/
Saturday December 13th
1:00pm – 3:00pm

The DEVC meeting in December is when we have our Holiday Party, a time to get together with other DEVC members an enjoy a meal and discuss electric vehicle technology. This year is special in that it will be the 40th Birthday of the DEVC which was formed in December 1974. The party will be a buffet at Cinzzetti’s Restaurant at I25 and 104th Ave. Map linked in the address above.

The party is a free event for members and only $10 per guest. If you are a nonmember and would like to attend, you can become a member for $20 at the event. This is an excellent time to renew your membership!

Note: Elections will not be held at the party this year. Election details are in a separate newsletter attachment for members.

November Meeting: Aero Electric Aircraft

Centennial Airport
13000 E Control Tower Road, Englewood, CO. (map)
Saturday November 15th, 2014
10am-Noon

Our November meeting will be on Saturday the 15th at Centennial Airport (east of I-25 and Arapahoe Road) at 10:00 AM. Our host will be Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. We will meet in the lobby at the Denver Jet Center East, located at 13000 E Control Tower Road, Centennial Airport, Englewood, CO. When you arrive watch for a person in a yellow shirt who will direct you to a specific area to park, within the parking lot. Due to multiple locations for the Denver Jet Center, make sure you go to the above address which is not listed on the Denver Jet Center website. More information on AEAC at: http://www.aeac.aero

October Meeting: Nikola Tesla

Saturday October 18th, 10am
5660 Logan Street, Denver (Map)

Our program will be Tom Keller, Speaker and Historian, who will be speaking to us on Nikola Tesla. Did you know that Nikola lived in the Knob Hill neighborhood in Colorado Springs for eight months in 1899-1900 and that he had an electric car in the early 1930’s? Join us to learn more about Nikola Tesla from Mr. Keller plus he will touch on the First Electric-car Companies, Elon Musk and Tesla Motors.