Category Archives: EV Resources

Horizons K-8 EV Club Fundraiser

For the past 2 years, DEVC members Dave Pence and Derek Barger have been working with Horizons K-8 Charter School in Boulder, Colorado to teach a small group of students how to convert small internal combustion engines on mini-bikes, scooters and trikes into electric-powered vehicles. After two successful years Dave and the DEVC are ready to take it to the next level and need your help. Currently we have a GoFundMe.com fundraiser active to raise the funds required to keep this amazing program running!

This is not a traditional shop class. Our goal is to provide a basic foundation for students in grades 5-8 who are interested in engineering and alternative transportation careers. We need multiple sets of tools and tool boxes, mini-bike frames, tires, handlebars, electric motors, controllers, batteries, wiring and additional materials and supplies to outfit five teams of two students. Each team will have an adult member to support each team while they build their EV mini-bike.

We need your help to raise money to continue our program so that in the future we can include all beginning engineering students….girls, boys, at-risk students, and minority students.

Visit the campaign at: https://www.gofundme.com/HorizonsK8EVClubGirlsInEngineering

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.

Sierra Club promoting EVs

Check out this site that compares hybrids and EVs available in your area:

http://content.sierraclub.org/evguide/