EVents 2009 02 10
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Unless otherwise posted here, or sent out over the SEVA Maillist each Monthly Meeting is Held on the Evening of the Second Tuesday of each Month commencing at 7 p.m. or there about. Meetings are held at the Church of the Nazarene at 44th St. NE, and 3rd Ave NE, just behind Dicks Drive In on 45th. Their fire damage has been repaired, and they welcome us back. We encourage visitors and members to help support this free venue with the purchase of some fine coffee and other refreshments downstairs at the Mosaic Community Coffee House.
 February 10th 2009 Meeting
Feb 10th SEVA Meeting
BOY !! What a Night !! Cold, Rain with Snow, and still we filled over 65 Chairs ! With many new folks and important reports and announcements. Where to start ?
Jeff Finn brought us up to speed on House Bill 1481 full of pro-EV legislation. Stephen Johnson gave his EV speech and slide show he had done for the folks in Olympia. A wonderful overview
We had a visitor from the Mayors Office. Richard Feldman came to tell us about a Centennial Celebration of the Alasak Yukon Pacific 100, (http://www.ayp100.org/ ) which is where most of the buildings at the UW came from in 1909. Of note there was a trans-continental auto contest which ended up in Seattle on July 1909. There is going to be a reenactment of this, and several Ford Mode-T’s will be crossing the country. Electric Cars are going to be featured here in Seattle the day they arrive on July 11th 2009, and SEVA has been invited to participate. Also the City is working on new Electrical Code for charging wiring and Rich was pleased to get information from our very own Stephen Johnson on this subject.
I briefly reminded the SEVA members about good manors on our e-mail list. There was also discussion about forming a Second List to focus on Technical maters only, to leave band-width for general discussion to the original list. Folks could sign on to one or both. The idea was not received with much enthusiasm.
Dave Cloud gave a great slide show on his creation of a super slippery Geo Metro Derivative for the X-Prize hoping to reach a 200 mile range on less than a $1000. worth of batteries. He said to actually enter the X-Prize contest one had to put up $7500. and that you could be disqualified at any moment. Sounds like a big BIG gamble. He also had a humorous anecdote about the Tesla Roadster, using a toy model, a 9V battery and a jumper wire poking fun at the recent changes at Tesla in pricing. James Morrison added that it is quite possible by the March 2009 meeting we might see TWO Tesla’s show up at the meeting from folks who have taken delivery of their new cars.
A new member Dennis gave us a report right off his Phone, and out of the doings in Washington DC on the Stimulus Package and what is contained there in for PHEV’s and BEV’s Check the CalCars.org web site for details.
Rich Rudman and Stephen Johnson gave a very nice report on their Thunder Sky Li-Ion Battery Modules complete with Bat. Management in 12V Modules. Prices will run from 60 AH at $540. to 200 AH with digital BMS at $1492. Looks like Li-Ion is REAL. More details at the Manzanita Micro Web site at: ( http://www.manzanitamicro.com/ )
Larry Gales made another brief presentation on the relative merits of hot salt and sodium batteries. Seems it may be true that IF they were produced in great numbers, they could be much less expensive than LiIon, and their raw materials are far more available. The problem remains that they are in very short supply to date.
Briefly reminded folks of our Participation again this year in the 2009 Green Festival at the Washington Convention Center, March 28th and 29th. The booth expenses have been split between SEVA and Plug-In-America. Thanks PIA !! Looks like we will have an Electric Car to show this year also. Or perhaps TWO. We will need SEVA volunteers to help with the booth and car, so keep in touch.
Last but not least. SEVA folks who are also paid members of the Electric Auto Association should be getting a post card with info on their Annual EAA General Members Meeting in Palo Alto, CA. on Saturday Feb, 21st at 10 am. You will have a toll free number to call, and an access code and a code to Mute or Speak to the whole group via the phone.. ( if you can not fly down to California to be there in person… Then they dropped the BOMB Shell on me… Stephen Johnson and Barbara Denovan had some how found out in advance of Feb 21st just who was going to be awarded the “Lifetime EV Achievement Award” this year… And as I gasped with JOY it is to be none other than myself, Steven Lough, for our 29 years of service. Overwhelmed with surprise I can only thank All of you for helping me, and being members of SEVA all these years. After all, being out front of the curve can some times be a lonely and costly place. And all our members have helped me along the way.
As before, as we POST this to our SEVA Wiki sight, if you have additions or corrections you are welcome to do so. See you all ON the Phone Line Saturday morning Feb 21, or at the March 10th meeting if not before…