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September meeting: Drive Electric Events!

This month hosts the annual National Drive Electric Week, September 12th through the 20th. https://driveelectricweek.org/. This is a time where you can take your electric to as many events as you can and talk about your experiences to those that attend, and offer rides if you like. For those who may not have an electric yet, attend and support the event(s). Please click on each link for the event(s) you plan to attend and register to show support, volunteer, or contact the organizer if you have any questions.

The list of events for Colorado thus far are as follows:

Denver (This event is a DEVC organized event)
Saturday, September 12, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm
Firehouse Public Parking Lot
1322 Blake Street, Northwest corner of 14th and Market St., Denver, CO 80204 (map)
https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=429

Fort Collins
September 12-13, 2015
9:45am-6pm (Sat); 9:45am-5pm (Sun)
Odell Brewing Company (Please enter off Buckingham Ave)
800 E Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524 (map)
https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=431

Colorado Springs
Saturday, September 12, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm
Chapel Hills Mall
1710 Briargate Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (map)
https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=403

Boulder
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Boulder Farmers Market
13th Street between Arapahoe and Canyon, Boulder, CO 80302 (map)
https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=378

Longmont
Saturday, September 19, 2015
12 noon to ?
1840 Delaware Place, Longmont, CO 80504 (map)
https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=415

Golden
Saturday, September 19, 2015
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Golden Real Estate Parking Lot
17695 S. Golden Rd. Golden, CO 80401 (map)
https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=345

Littleton
Saturday, September 19, 2015
10:00am – 3:00pm
Aspen Grove Mall
7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120 (map)
https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=407

August meeting: eSpokes4Folks

eSpokes4Folks
Saturday Aug 15th, 10am
7100 Broadway, #7i, Denver (map)
http://espokes4folks.com

Our meeting for August will be Saturday the 15th at 10:00 AM with our newest Sponsoring Member, eSpokes4Folks, at . We will see their exclusive Pedego store and their regular store, including Terry’s bike repair and battery testing system plus the beginning of his older ebike collection. Check them out at: http://espokes4folks.com

July Meeting: eTuk USA

eTuk USA
3860 Blake Street, Denver (map)
Saturday July 18th, 10:00 AM

Our July meeting will be at eTuk USA headquarters in Denver. eTuk USA manufactures eco-friendly electric Tuk Tuks to suit a variety of customer needs throughout the USA. The company’s electric vehicles are well suited for a variety of applications. They produce passenger eTuks for shuttle and tour operator applications and commercial eTuks for vending, delivery, or food truck applications. For more information, visit www.etukusa.com

June Meeting: EV car share and EV Roundup

Saturday June 6th
eThos Electric Car Share – 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Electric Vehicle Roundup – 2:00pm – Evening

The June meeting will be a Double Header on Saturday the 6th in Golden. We will start at eThos Electric Car Share located at 1901 Jackson Street (map), from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Tim Prior and his assistant, Kathryn Saphire, will showcase their Coda fleet, which makes up the only all electric Car Share business in the U S.

We will then move to Golden Real Estate at 17695 South Golden Road (map) for the “Electric Vehicle Roundup” which will be hosted by our Sponsoring Member, Jim Smith. His parking lot will be reserved for Electric Vehicles only so bring your electric truck, van, car, scooter, bicycle or what ever and join in on a fun afternoon. If you don’t bring an EV, please park across the street and join us in the reserved lot to visit those who do.

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.