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EAASV Meetings

Become a Member of the EAA
(membership & donations are tax deductible)

Donate to the Silicon Valley EAA Chapter
(select “Silicon Valley Chapter” aka “SVLY”)

Regular meetings on
3rd Saturday of each month, 10am – noon

All meetings open to the public
(membership is not required)

Normal meeting location is
HP at 3000 Hanover Street,
Building 20 Auditorium,
Palo Alto, CA 94304

(Any changes to the meeting location or times will
be noted with the individual meeting topics below)

July 20, 2013 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: TBD

Details of the meeting are not yet finalized.

August 17, 2013 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: TBD

Details of the meeting are not yet finalized.

Past Meeting Summary

June 15, 2013 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Tom Gage, CEO, EVgrid.

Tom Gage is the CEO and founder of EV-Grid, Inc. EV-Grid develops and supplies technology for integrating electric vehicles and the power grid.

In cooperation with the University of Delaware, NRG, PJM and other partners, EV-Grid recently announced an important milestone with the first ever payments received for EV’s providing “Grid Services”.

Tom Gage is a long time supporter of EAA and prior to founding EV Grid, he was CEO of AC Propulsion that developed innovative EV powertrain technologies that has been demonstrated in the T-Zero, eBox, and Mini-E vehicles.

Join us to learn more about Tom’s latest venture and the future potential for V2G technology.

You can download files from his talk:
The presentation.

May 18, 2013 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Indradeep Gosh, EV Owner and Sustainability Advocate

Inradeep set himself the challenge to make his family 100% self-sustaining. He studied his home energy use, then reduced the load through simple changes so that the Solar PV array installed on his house meets all his needs, including transportation by two plug-in cars.

He will present the tricks he used and may give you some ideas for reducing your carbon footprint.

You can download files from his talk:
The presentation,
Home heating costs spreadsheet,
Home water heating costs spreadsheet,
Nissan Leaf lifetime costs spreadsheet,
Chevy Volt lifetime costs spreadsheet.

April 20, 2013


Due to all the Earth Day events this month, there will be no April meeting.

Check out our events page for ways to show your support for Earth Day, thanks.

March 16, 2013 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Ulric Kwan, Electric Vehicle Manager, PG&E

Ulric Kwan is a mechanical engineer who has worked on customer energy solutions for over 10 years. He currently is the manager for Electric Vehicles and works extensively on Demand Response and Smart Grid policy and implementation.

His presentation will discuss PG&E’s EV Program, EV Rates, Power Generation Mix and Service Planning Support.

This is a great opportunity to ask questions about your utiliy rates and other issues related to EVs. Join us, its likely to be lively discussion.

Note that we are back at the HP Palo Alto Location, yea.

February 23, 2013 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Ron Freund, EAA Chairman of the board

The Annual EAA meeting of the national organization will be in February. EAASV and other South Bay chapters will not meet so that members can attend the local national meeting.

Note that the meeting date is the fourth Saturday of the month.

January 19, 2013 10am – noon at Google

* Guest Speaker: Heidi Lubin, CEO, HEVT.

HEVTs motor technologies leverage smart software with optimally designed hardware to empower the next generation of electric motors.

With lower initial and total cost of ownership, their motors make performance leaps with superior reliability and reduced cost volatility due to the combination of innovative hardware and software design, and do not require the use of rare earth metals.

HEVT is the winner of the 2012 Clean Tech Open prize. Their patented switched reluctance motors (SRMs) provide high-performance alternatives to induction and permanent magnet motor/generators with increased reliability and disruptive cost benefits.

Heidi will talk about their technology, application to electric transportation, and general company business plans.

This month Google will be hosting the event.
1220 Charleston Rd.
Mountain View, CA.

There are 8 J1772 charging ports at this building, and 12 more at buildings across the street

December 15, 2012 NO MEETING

Due to year end holidays, there is no December meeting scheduled.

Happy Holidays!!

November 17, 2012 10am – noon at Google, Mountain View

* Guest Speaker: Mike Harrigan, City CarShare.

Mike Harrigan is the eFleet Program Manager of City CarShare.

City CarShare is a non-profit organization which provides hourly rentals of vehicles in San Francisco and other areas. They have a fleet of gas powered cars, converted plug-in Priuses, Nissan Leafs and soon will be adding electric bicycles.

Mike will talk about the history of the organization, unique business model as non-profit, current fleet and future plans.

Join us for an interesting discussion and consider if their servies might be an alternative when you need to make a trip beyond the effective range of your EV.

Note that there are plenty of J1772 charging available at this venue so bring your EV and show your support, thx.

This month Google will be hosting the event.
1220 Charleston Rd.
Mountain View, CA.

There are 8 J1772 charging ports at this building, and 12 more at buildings across the street

October 20, 2012 10am – noon at CODA Silicon Valley in Santa Clara.

* Guest Speaker: Alex Cannara, Thorium Energy Alliance.

And now for something completely different.

Alex Cannara will talk about MSR (Molten Salt Reactors) and the kind that run on Thorium, LFTRS Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors.

Forget everything you know about conventional nuclear reactors based on Uranium, these new reactors based on Thorium are gaining a following in the scientific community and deserve a fresh look.

Alex is featured on a lot of You-Tube videos on the web site.

LOCATION: This month the local CODA dealer is hositing the meeting.
CODA Silicon Valley
4175 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95051
See Directions.

September 15, 2012


There in no meeting in September due to our 40th Annual EV Rally on Sunday, the 23rd.

Please consider showing your EV to the public or just show your support by attending. See Rally Page for more details.

Thank you for your support.

August 18, 2012 10am – noon at HP Cupertino,
Building 48, Oak Room.

* Guest Speaker: Ken Chiang, EV Enthusiast

Ken spent 3 years converting a 1986 Toyota MR2 to electric, finishing last July.

After driving the car for the past year he decided that he wanted to do something to convince people of the financial bennefits of an EV so he created a web site for that purpose. The site which is a place to track your EV usage to help the world see just how much of a difference EVs are contributing to a cleaner world.

He will talk about the EV Club web site and some of his experiences converting the MR2. Should be an interesting discussion on both topics.

IMPORTANT: This meeting will also include discussion of the logistics for our EV Rally in September so please attend if you are interested in helping. We need lots of volunteers to make our 40th EV Rally a success. Thanks!

July 21, 2012 10am – 12:30 at HP Cupertino,
Building 48, Oak Room.

* First Guest Speaker: David West, Chief Marketing Officer,
VIA Motors.

The E-REV powertrain by VIA Motors enables larger 4WD vehicles, including SUVs and light trucks, to drive the first 40 miles in all-electric mode with near zero emissions, and a full range of 400 miles on a single fill-up.

David West will be describing the capabilities of the current VIA Motors plug-in hybrid vehicles, their fleet sales program and general business plans.

* Second Guest Speaker: Clement Gires, Co-founder,
Local Motion.

Local Motion is building smart networks of shareable electric vehicles. They have developed a unique prototype vehicle design, dedicated to local transportation and capable of interacting with users and their surroundings.

Their goal is to change the way people perceive, work and play with their local environment.

Clement will discuss their unique EV and progress towards their goal.

Note: 9am Pre-meeting social in parking lot. Come early for opportunity to see VIA motors and Local Motion vehicles up-close with some breakfast treats.

June 16, 2012 10am – noon at HP Cupertino,
Building 48, Oak Room.

* Guest Speaker: Tony Williams, Leaf owner

Tony Williams lives in San Diego, CA and is driving his 100% electric powered Nissan LEAF from the USA-Mexican border to the USA-Canada border via the partially completed West Coast Electric Highway.

He’s promoting the construction of the Electric Highway throughout California, which has already been completed in Washington and Oregon, and is now started in British Columbia.

He will be speaking about his trip, and his ambitions for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. He is sponsored

You can follow along with his travels starting June 12, 2012 through June 20

Join us to learn about the challenges of this travels to the Bay Area and support him in is efforts to complete the rest of this historic trip.

May 19, 2012


EAA is a major supporter of the Hybrids to Hotrods (H2H) event during May so we have cancelled our regular meeting this month to focus on that event.

We hope that the H2H event will become a popular Spring showcase for Plug-in Cars, like our EV Rally in the Fall.

Please show your support by attending H2H on May 12th.
Thank you.

For details see our EVents Page or theH2H Web Page.

April 14, 2012 9:45am – 12:30pm at CODA Dealership (DGDG), 4175 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara.

* Guest Speaker: Dr. Wilcke from IBM Research Center in San Jose.

We have a different venue for this meeting and will be meeting at the new CODA Dealership, part of the Del Grande Dealer Group.
This will be a joint EAA and SF Bay Leaf Enthusiasts groups meeting.

Note: The earlier start time and meeting location. We will have access to 8x L2 charging stations at this location.

There will be sandwiches, complements of DGDG, and we will need to get headcount for the food order. See the web form to RSVP.

We will have one speaker and the opportunity for test drives in the new Coda BEV after the talk.

Dr. Winfried W. Wilcke is Senior Manager for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and Chair of the Almaden Institute for Energy Storage at the IBM Research Center in San Jose, CA. His recent research has been in advanced energy storage, including the Battery 500 project.

The talk will give a summary of the current status and scientific results of the IBM Battery 500 Lithium/Air battery project.
Lithium/Air is a chemistry with the potential for very high specific energy density (Wh/kg). It relies on the use of oxygen (or ideally ambient air) to form a Lithium compound during discharge and the reduction of this compound to lithium metal and gaseous oxygen during recharge.

This is a chance to learn about a new battery technology that may power future EVs, get a test ride in a new CODA, and a free lunch. It does not get much better than that!

March 17, 2012 10am – noon at HP Cupertino,
Building 48, Oak Room.

* Guest Speaker: Steve and Sean of Capitol Mitsubishi.

This month there will be a presentation about the new Mitsubishi iMiev from a local dealer, Capitol Mitsubishi. They will bring two vehicles, one of each trim ES and SE, to the meeting for up-close examination and will give test rides after the discussion.

Bring your questions about this new BEV, should be an interesting discussion.

February 25, 2012 10am – noon at HP Cupertino,
Building 48, Oak Room.

* Guest Speaker: Ron Freund of EAA.

This is a special annual meeting of EAA national organization with telephone link to chapters across the US and in other countries. Ron will review activites and funding of the organization over the past year. There will be presentation of awards to some members for their outstanding contributions.

Come and show your support for the EAA organization, thank you.

January 21, 2012 10am – noon at HP Cupertino,
Building 48, Oak Room.

* Ed Bless (or Bob Garzee), ETDC

Ed Bless will speak about Solar Fueling of EVs. There is synergy between Solar generation of electricity and Electric Vehicle use. Many EV owners have Solar PV systems to supplement the utility grid for charging their cars with “clean electrons”. Ed will discuss this topic at length.

December 17, 2011


Happy Holidays.

November 19, 2011 10am – noon at HP Cupertino,
Building 48, Oak Room.

* Guest Speaker: Brien A. Seeley M.D., President, CAFE Foundation.

The CAFE Foundation hosts the Green Flight Challenge sponsored by Google and recently had a display of electric aircraft at Moffet Field which were entered in this year’s contest.

Brien will present an overview of the existing and future status of electric flight as we know it, and preview a bit of the CAFE future plans for the 6th Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium in Santa Rosa on April 27, 28 of 2012

NOTE: There will also be a short business meeting to elect the 2012 officers for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the EAA. If you are an EAA member please attend to cast your vote and consider nominating someone (perhaps yourself) for the office of President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary.

Location: HP Cupertino, located near freeway 280 and Wolfe Road in Cupertino. See map web page. We will be meeting in the Oak Room next to the main lobby of Building 48.

October 15, 2011 10am – noon at HP Cupertino,
Building 48, Oak Room.

* Guest Speaker: Valery Miftakhov, Ph.D., Founder, Electric Motor Werks.

Electric Motor Werks does High Performance Electric Vehicle Conversions.

He will bring the bright orange BMW 3 series conversion that was on display at our 2011 EV rally and show last month. His company also has developed a 10 kW charger and a motor controller that he will describe during his presentation.

Location: HP Cupertino, located near freeway 280 and Wolfe Road in Cupertino. See map web page. We will be meeting in the Oak Room next to the main lobby of Building 48.

September 17, 2011


The meeting this week is cancelled.

Everyone please attend the annual EV Rally next week at Palo Alto High School, thanks.

August 20, 2011 10am – noon at Solyndra Solar, Fremont (Bldg 4 cafeteria)

* Guest Speaker: Alex Tang, motorcycle EV conversion.

The meeting this week will be very busy with three topics/activities.

1) The meeting will start with an update on our EV Rally planning for our annual electric car show on Sept. 24th. If you are available to help either before, during or after the rally, we are in need of additional volunteers for a variety of tasks. Volunteers will have plenty of time to take in the show. Thanks for your support. More details at the meeting.

2) Alex Tang will then tell us about his electric motorcycle conversion to finish the formal part of the meeting.

3) After his presentation we will be given a tour of the Solyndra Solar facility which manufactures thier unique concentrated solar panels.

We will need to make name tags for people attending the tour. It will save some time on the day of the meeting if you can RSVP that you are planning to attend. Please email your name and phone number to JoAnne Sarro before Friday, August 19 and your badge will be ready at the meeting. Name tags may also be made during the meeting if you decide to attend later.

The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served. The room seating capacity is 150 but a tour needs to be limited to about 40 people to be effective. So please let us know if you are attending (alone or would like to bring a guest) and we will try to plan accordingly (perhaps a few tour groups could be supported with notice). We may need to limit attendence if interest is too high, thanks for your understanding.

There are six J1772 electric car chargers at this location in case you can use that type of charger. These are free ChargePoint chargers that require a card to operate (or phone call to activate if you are not registered with ChargePoint). Each charger can also provide normal 120v 15A service if your Vehicle charger has not been adapted to the new standard yet.

Note special meeting location this month: The location will be Solyndra Solar in Fremont. They have several buildings. Our meeting will be in the cafeteria at Building 4, which is the large, new building furthest north on 880. The address is 47488 Kato Road, Fremount, CA.

July 16, 2011 10am – noon at HP, Cupertino (Oak Room Auditorium)

* Mike Ahern, Solyndra.

Mike will give a short talk about the Solyndra solar array on his house that he uses to charge eVolvo, his Electric Volvo conversion. The Solyndra solar panels are a form of concentrated PV technology, normally installed on commercial buildings.

Part of the meeting will be devoted to planning discussion for our annual electric car rally and show in September.

June 18, 2011


Happy Father’s Day.

May 21, 2011 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Marc Mjuzkow, CEO of Leyden Energy.

Marc will discuss the battery technology developed Leyden Energy and their current products for Electric Vehicles and other applications.

More details about the company are at their web page.

April 16, 2011 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Ron Coury, North Bay Nissan.

Ron is with North Bay Nissan and will give a presentation about the Nissan Leaf and early the customer deliveries at his dealership.

March 19, 2011 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Matt Klein, Team leader of UC Davis Formula Hybrid team.

UC Davis Formula Hybrid is a student research team that is challenged to design, build, and race high-performance, plug-in hybrid vehicles. The students are to build a hybrid vehicle that could potentially be sold to a manufacturing firm and be produced specifically for the weekend autocrosser market.

The intent is to provide the engineering students with vital hands-on skills and experience as well as a realistic view of this technology which will play an important role to develop their career in engineering.

Matt led the first UC Davis Formula Hybrid team to a 3rd place finish out of 30 international universities in May 2010. He will be discussing the technical design details of their new car positioned to steal first place this May in New Hampshire.

More details are at their web page.

February 26, 2011 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Ron Freund of EAA.

This is a special annual meeting of EAA national organization with telephone link to chapters across the US and in other countries. Ron will review activites and funding of the organization over the past year. There will be presentation of awards to some members for their outstanding contributions.

Come and show your support for the EAA organization, thank you.

January 15, 2011 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Felix Kramer of CalCars.

Felix Kramer and Andy Frank are among the early proud owners of Chevy Volts that recently received their new cars in the rollout of the first batch of vehicles released to the general public.

A video was recorded at the Chevy dealer when Felix was given his car. Marc Geller (co-founder of Plug-in America) was MC of the event; Andy Frank and Ron Gremban (CalCars Chief Engineer) speak at the ceremony in the video. We will play the 40 minute video of the event and Felix will join us with his car for all to inspect and discuss his real world experience so far.

December 18, 2010 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Mike Ryan from Green Vehicles.

Green Vehicles is a local manufacturer of EVs and he will talk about their cars and business.

A recent San Jose Mercury News “Tech Monday” had a feature about the Triac.

November 20, 2010


We are hosting a special event about the “Zero Emissions Race” on Wednesday in place of our usual monthly meeting. Check out the EVents page for details. See you there.

October 16, 2010


Because of other conflicting activities and lack of a speaker, the meeting was cancelled.

August 21, 2010 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Tim Collins, founder of KleenSpeed Technologies.

Tim will talk about the EV racecars and drive-train components that they developing. This promises to be something a little different from the normal consumer vehicle.

July 17, 2010 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Kaneshka Salehi, founder of AE Motor Corp.

Kaneshia will talk about the EVs that his startup is developing. They are a new player in the EV market, should be interesting.

June 19, 2010 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Felix Kramer, founder of

Felix has been the champion of the Plug-In hybrid concept which is finally being accepted by the major automakers who once rejected the idea. Toyota has announced a Plug-in Prius, and GM is finalizing the plug-in Chevy Volt.

So CalCars declared SUCCESS and is now focusing on another plug-in direction. Felix will be talking about CalCars’ “Big Fix” campaign, and his latest proposal to Washington for a “Drive Star” program to jumpstart a global conversion industry.

More details are at the following two webpages:
Drive-star and CalCars News.

May 15, 2010 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Michael Worry, Founder, OptaMotive.

To date, only 1/3 of the teams which began in the X-Prize have survived to qualify for the ‘shake down’ phase of the competition. Of these, OptaMotive is the only one that has a background building combat robots. Their robot “Ziggy” has been the undefeated champion for four years running.

The founders switched to building EVs because “while building the RoboGames robots is extremely fun and rewarding”, has much greater social impact”.

Michael will talk about how the E.Rex re-purposes the existing design of the Canadian 3-wheeled Campaigna T-Rex using off the shelf parts, but also has a unique battery management system which optimizes performance. If time allows, there will be rides in the E.Rex vehicle. Ziggy will also be on display.

April 17, 2010

* NO MEETING – Due to many Earth Day events this month.

Show your support for the environment by attending other local events in April, check out our Events page for some ideas. Thank you.

March 20, 2010 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Jim Castelaz, CEO, Motiv Power Systems.

Jim will talk about Power Management systems for electric-drive trucks and buses made by his company.

February 27, 2010 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Special Venue: All-chapter meeting,Electric Auto Association.

This meeting is the annual all-chapter meeting of the EAA with audio hook-up with chapters from accross the country. Summary of past year’s activities of EAA world-wide organization and awards will be given to recognize the efforts of key individuals towards the EAA mission.

February 20, 2010

* NO MEETING due to time conflicts.

January 16, 2010 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Warren Winovich.

Warren will speak about the performance of Tesla roadsters using published data and his analysis based on many years of experience with EVs. It should an interesting look at current technology in this high-end EV.

Also the annual election of officers for the Silicon Valley chapter. Please attend to show your support of the current officers and to cast your vote for 2010 candidates. Volunteers to run for positions will be accepted at the meeting.

December 19, 2009 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: None – Holidays Movie Matinee

And now for something completely differentt!! A morning of movies and popcorn. Take a break from holiday shopping and join us for some EV-related videos.

The first video will be an episode of American Chopper on The Learning Channel. The show is about the adventures of a grumpy old motorcycle builder, Paul Teutul, Sr. and his sons in the family business. This time they are building an electric motorcycle. Their customer is Siemens (Europe’s answer to General Electric) who has a windmill factory here in the US. They show some nice footage during the factory tour and there is an impressive line-up of flatbed rail cars outside the plant with a long windmill blade on each one.

The second video is from a website called EV-TV featuring and a “mature gentleman”, Jack Rickard who has a very nice work shop, lots of EV know-how and he even wears Crocs like Jerry Pohorsky (don’t hold that against him). He has a weekly show discussing some very nice EV conversions, technical info about use of Lithium batteries in EVs, etc. He drives a Porsche 356 EV convertible and is also converting a MiniCooper Clubman. We are hoping to have the episode where he takes apart a ThunderSky battery so we can see what’s inside the case.

Please contact jerry Pohorsky if you can bring popcorn or other treats. Other ideas for videos are appreciated also, we will play whatever the crowd wants to see, join us for some holiday fun (educational too).

November 21, 2009 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* First Guest Speaker: Eric & Steve Schmidt.

Eric & Steve will briefly discuss the Lithium Battery Booster which they built to charge individual cells in their traction battery pack. It is a form of DC-to-DC converter than can be used on the road when their battery monitor indicates a low voltage in one of the cells of their converted MG.

* Second Guest Speaker: Peter Holoyda, Renewably First.

Peter will briefly discuss the mission of Renewably First, a 501(C) 3 not-for-profit organization. Primarily, Renewably First is interested in getting zero emission vehicles and the infrastructure to support them on the road. Their goal is to go further than advocacy to aggregate orders and reduce costs to get more vehicles on the road.

* Third Guest Speaker: Doug Schwartz, ELV Motors.

Doug will discuss Electric Light Vehicle products sold by ELV Motors at their store in Santa Clara and through their web site. This includes Electric Bicycles, Electric Scooters, Electric Motorcycles, and others. We will wrap up the meeting with test rides of some Vehicles in the parking lot.

October 17, 2009 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Jerry Pohorsky,eeVee Motors.

Jerry will discuss High End EV Conversions. Most EV Conversions use a DC motor and lead acid batteries. While this is the most affordable combination of components, the performance leaves a lot to be desired. Some conversions use Lithium batteries and a DC motor while others use and AC motor with Lead Acid batteries.

It is relatively rare to find a conversion with both Lithium batteries and an AC motor. This combination gives the best range and offers regenerative braking – the same features typically found in the best commercially produced EVs.

EeVee Motors was started by a small group of EAA members to offer this type of conversion EV to the public. Jerry Pohorsky is a part of this group and will give more details about the conversion and the design decisions the team made during the process. Particular attention will be given to the eLithion battery management system used in this conversion.

The eeVee Motors 2001 Honda Civic will be on display after the meeting.

September 19, 2009 – No Meeting

The normal monthly meeting for September was cancelled due to conflicts with other events.

August 15, 2009 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: None

This meeting will be used for final planning of the 2009 EV Rally. Organizers and other volunteers helping with the Rally should plan to attend. Thank you for your support.

July 18, 2009 10am – noon at HP, Palo Alto

* Guest Speaker: Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University.

Professor Jacobson will speak on “Evaluation of Energy Solutions to Global Warming, Air Pollution, and Energy Security”

This study reviews and ranks major proposed energy-related solutions to global warming, air pollution mortality, and energy security while considering other impacts of the proposed solutions, such as on water supply, land use, wildlife, resource availability, thermal pollution, water chemical pollution, and nuclear proliferation. Nine electric power sources and two liquid fuel options are considered.

The electricity sources include solar-photovoltaics, concentrated solar power, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, wave, tidal, nuclear, and coal with carbon capture and storage technology. The liquid fuel options include corn-ethanol (E85) and cellulosic E85.

To place the electric and liquid fuel sources on an equal footing, his examines their comparative abilities to address the problems mentioned by powering new-technology vehicles, including battery-electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles , and flex-fuel vehicles run on E85.

A paper on this work is available here.

June 20, 2009 – NO MEETING

The normal monthly meeting for June was cancelled.

May 16, 2009 10am – noon

* Guest Speaker: Rob Means and Brian Howell,
Electro Ride Bikes and Scooters.

As gas prices approached their true cost last year, interest in Light Electric Vehicles (LEV) spiked. Twelve-year veteran of the LEV industry, Rob Means, and his associate Brian Howell will provide an overview of LEVs ranging from electric bikes, scooters, Motorcycles, NEVs (traditional and new 35mph vehicles), up to three-wheeled commuter cars including the innovative, Freeway-capable TriTrack that is scheduled for delivery later this year.

Electro Ride Bikes and Scooters
1421 Yellowstone Ave
Milpitas, CA 95035-6913

April 18, 2009 10am – noon

* Guest Speaker: Hanif Gangji

Hanif Gangji has recently completed conversion of his 1990 Honda CRX to EV. The car is powered by 37 ThunderSky Li-ion batteries, 3.2v at 160Ah each using a battery management system of his own design with an individual BMS circuit board mounted on each battery. He will talk about details of the conversion project, the design of the BMS and experinece so far with the ThunderSky batteries.

March 21, 2009 10am – noon

* Guest Speaker: Glenn Forslin (President) and Adi Merschon (VP Sales), Automation Solar.

They will give a presentation about the basics of roof-mounted PV Solar Systems. Including Various technologies in common use, the essence of grid-tied NET Metering, discuss a case study with contribution to the environment and potential savings and Cash Flow for a typical system.

Automation Solar recently installed a home system for Jerry Pohorsky consisting of 28 Sharp panels (175 watt each) and 28 Enphase 240 VAC micro-inverters. The Enphase inverter is unique in that they mount under the panels on the roof, eliminating long runs of heavy DC wires to a convential inverter at the utility breaker panel. The output of this system can be monitored via a web page that will be demonstrated live at the meeting.

February 21, 2009 10am – noon

* Special Venue: All-chapter meeting,Electric Auto Association.

This meeting is the annual all-chapter meeting of the EAA with audio hook-up with chapters from accross the country. Summary of past year’s activities of EAA world-wide organization and awards will be given to recognize the efforts of key individuals towards the EAA mission.

Dan Reuter (President of Ethical Approach Auto Sales) will bring some of his ZAP vehicles to the meeting. The cars will be displayed in the parking lot so people could see them after the meeting. Dan is the new ZAP dealer in San Jose on Stevens Creek near Saratoga Ave and he has been a vendor at our rally for the past 2 years.

January 17, 2009 10am – noon

* Guest speaker: Ron Freund (Chairman of the Board), Electric Auto Association.

The guest speaker for our January meeting is Ron Freund who is Chairman of the Board for the Electric Auto Association. Ron will give a presentation on the topic of Electric Vehicle-to-Grid technology (V2G).

Since most cars are driven under 2 hours per day, V2G takes advantage of excess energy stored in the on-board battery while the electric car is parked and feeds it back into the power grid during times of peak demand. Enough power will be left in the vehicle to allow the driver to make it back home again if this is done while they are at work. It is envisioned that the driver will earn income from selling his excess battery power to the utility while the utility gains access to these energy reserves and so avoids the use of expensive “peaker” power plants.

The driver charges the car back up late at night when power demand and rates are low. Of course, thousands of cars need to be V2G equipped in order to make it worthwhile for all involved, but that is the direction the technology is moving.

Also at our January meeting, we will have an election for the 2009 officers for our Silicon Valley EAA Chapter. Nominations for President, Vice President and Treasurer will be solicited at the beginning of the meeting.

December 20, 2008 10am – noon

* Guest speakers: Fraser Murison Smith (CEO) and Jon Derickson (CTO), ElectraDrive.

Winner of the Transportation Prize in the2008 CA Clean Tech Open, ElectraDrive is commercializing an invention to enable existing cars and light trucks to be rapidly and inexpensively adapted to electric traction. The invention, ElectraMount, is designed to adjust and bolt to a vehicle’s mounting attachments vacated by the gas engine and transmission, which are removed. ElectraMount represents a previously missing link between electric drive technologies and the mass market of existing vehicles.

ElectraDrive is initially targeting fleet customers with an integrated, extended-range electric drivetrain, bundled with ancillary services. With electric miles around one-sixth of the cost of gasoline miles, ElectraDrive carries very low operating costs. It enables the service life of existing vehicles to be extended, thereby also deferring significant energy and resource costs of vehicle manufacture.

The economics of ElectraDrive are similar to rooftop solar, although with a somewhat shorter payback, at no regulatory risk. ElectraDrive presently is raising investment for product development, with initial deliveries scheduled for Q4, 2009.

ElectraDrive is an EAA member.

November 15, 2008 10am – noon

* Guest speakers: Jerry Pohorsky, EAASV.

Jerry will present video highlights from the October 2008, Kick Gas Festival at Barona Drag Strip near San Diego. This EVent was jointly sponsored by the EVAOSD (San Diego EAA chapter) and NEDRA (National Electric Drag Racing Association).

Grand Marshall for the EVent was Chris Paine (Director of “Who Killed the Electric Car?”). Chris was there filming for his upcoming sequel tentatively titled: “Revenge of the Electric Car”.

The Kick Gas Festival attracted a wide variety of vehicles – ranging from an electric ice chest to Dennis Berube’s “QUICK EV”, a lithium-powered S-10 that beat a Camaro. Also on hand was the first solar powered electric car as well as Jerry Asher’s “Spirit of DC” plug-in hybrid that is visiting all the EAA chapters in America.

We will be presenting souvenir DVDs of the 2008 EAASV Electric Car Rally and Show to volunteers who helped organize that EVent. We gave away a few copies at our EAASV meeting last month, but not everyone was present. If you were a volunteer for the event and did not get your free copy last month, please come by and get yours this Saturday. Additional copies will be for sale at $5 each.

October 18, 2008 10am – noon

* Guest speakers: Rolf Schreiber and Alec Proudfoot,
They are part of Google’s project that has a small demonstration fleet of plug-in vehicles.

Brief introduction to RechargeIT: how it started, what’s been done, where it’s going
Overview of their home-grown data logging system: hardware, data flow, website
Lessons learned from the data
They plan to bring a plug-in Prius to the meeting so you can see the system up-close after the presentation.

September 20, 2008 10am – noon

* Guest speaker: Quin Garcia, Project Better Place.
Project Better Place is working to build an elecric car network, using technology available today. Founded by Shai Agassi in 2005 they have a bold plan to solve EV infrastructure in Israel, Denmark and elsewhere.

Quin will present thier vision and progress to make it real.

September 17, 2008 (Wednesday) 7pm – 9pm

* Guest speaker: Bill Lofft, CEOZuumCraft.
Bill Lofft, CEO of ZuumCraft will tell us about their new product, the Zuumer. This three wheeled scooter is perfect for those short trips where you don’t need a car and don’t want to work up a sweat pedaling a bike or walking. You just step on it and go. The scooter has a unique leaning feature that allows is to slalom turn just like a two wheeled scooter but it stands up by itself when you are stopped. No need to put your foot down for balance.

Check out the video clips at their website

August 16, 2008 10am – noon

* Guest speaker: Richard Lowenthal,Coulomb Technology.
Coulomb Technologies offers the ChargePoint(tm) Network, a family of products and services that provide a smart charging infrastructure for plug-in vehicles.

Richard will talk about their technology and company plans.

July 19, 2008 10am – noon

* Guest speaker: Bernadette Guimarin, EVIN.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Network, Inc. (EVIN) is a company developing infrastructure for extending the effective range of electric vehicles through a replaceable battery platform and a network of battery exchange stations. More information about the company can be found at their website, EVINNOW.

They are now converting a Saturn to an EV using their technology and plan to have the finished car at the meeting. They will talk about the conversion project and their vision for EVIN.

July 17, 2008 7pm – 9pm

* Guest speaker: Louis Palmer,Solartaxi.
This special meeting as he drives around the world on his mission to bring awareness to EV solution to global warming. See more on his travels on theSolartaxi page.

June 21, 2008 10am – noon

* Guest speaker: Warren Winovich.
Warren will speak about calculating expected EV battery life.

May 17, 2008 10am – noon

* Guest speaker: Jorg Brown, Google. Jorg is the owner of the second production Tango (serial number 002) fromCommuter Cars. He will bring his Tango into the meeting and give a short presentation about his expeiences with the car so far. There may be rides for lucky members of the audience if time and sufficent charge permits.

A short video about the Tango, narrated by Rick Woodbury, CEO can be seen here.

April 19, 2008 – NO MEETING

There will be no regular meeting this month due to conflict with the “Get your Green On” event at the Los Gatos High School. See EVents for details. There are several events of interest in April. Please show your support at these events, thanks.

April 17, 2008, 7:00pm to 8:30pm – EV Conversion Overview Class

Doug Brentlinger and Jerry Pohorskywill be giving an EV conversion overview class at the Green Building Exchange, 305 Main Street, Redwood City, CA 94063.

Come learn what it takes to convert your vehicle to electric. This multimedia workshop overviews the process of converting a gasoline car to an electric vehicle. You will hear tips on selecting a conversion-ready vehicle, compare many of the trade-offs of different conversion options, and receive links to resources and information. The workshop also outlines financial incentives and other alternative vehicle options.

There is a $15 fee to attend the workshop which can be paid by check at the event or by online reservation for an entra $.99. See the Green Building Exchange websitefor more details. Click on Calender button on top of the home page and scroll down to the date to find workshop description and regristration.

March 15, 2008 10am – noon

* Guest speaker: Warren Winovich.He will be talking about using batteries to provide emergency power at home. Warren was without power for over 3 days in February and used a 12 volt battery and a 400 Watt inverter to run his TV and some living room lamps. Warren was able to calculate how long the battery would power his equipment, using a formula for a given load.

Inverter prices are very low these days and just about everybody has a 12 volt battery in their car, so this exercise can benefit anyone in an upcoming emergency such as an earthquake.

Warren’s formula is also useful to determine the range of an electric vehicle. Many of us with EVs never drive to the point where we are completely out of range and we may be curious to find out just how far our vehicle could go in case of an emergency.

February 16, 2008 10am – noon

Annual all-chapter meeting of the EAA with audio hook-up with chapters from across the country.

January 19, 2008 10am – noon

* Guest speaker: Richard Hatfield, Lightning Motors. Those of you who were at the December meeting saw his Lithium powered Yamaha 1000 electric motorcycle. He will describe the design of this motorcycle which includes ThunderSky 90 Amp-hour Lithium Ferro Phosphate batteries and a Zivan charger. He’ll also discuss Lightning Motors’ plans to offer these bikes to ‘beta testers’ and their plans to offer AC drive conversion kits to those who prefer cars. Here is a related LA Times article that was reprinted in TreeHugger.

December 15, 2007 10am – noon

* Guest speaker: Bill Dube, KillaCycle. Bill has the fastest electric motorcycle on the track (over 160 mph). The KillaCycle made drag racing history at Pomona in November when it became the first electric-powered vehicle to make a seven-second pass in the 1/4 mile. Watch the video here.

November 17, 2007 10am – noon

* Guest speaker: Eric Fisher, U.S. distributor of Silicone Batteries. Eric has installed a set of these batteries in his Solectria Force and put them through over 2,000 miles of driving so far with good results. His commute has an elevation change of a couple thousand feet. These batteries solve some of the inherent problems with lead acid batteries. He will bring some sample batteries to the meeting.

October 20, 2007 10am – noon

* Guest speaker: Dr. Ron Morgan,Faraday Motor Works. He will discuss these topics.

Who is Faraday Motor Works Inc.
Some thoughts on habitat destruction
Description of our first vehicle
Design of the vehicle
Propulsion system
Power supply
Charging alternatives
Future direction of the company
September 15, 2007 10am – noon

* Tour the TechShop in Menlo Park.The TechShop is a fully-equipped open-access workshop and creative environment that lets you drop in any time and work on your own projects at your own pace. It is like a health club with tools and equipment instead of exercise equipment…or a Kinko’s for geeks.

Anyone can come in and build and make all kinds of things themselves using the TechShop tools, machines and equipment, and draw on the TechShop instructors and experts to help them with their projects.

TechShop is designed for everyone, regardless of their skill level. TechShop is perfect for inventors, “makers”, hackers, tinkerers, artists, roboteers, families, entrepreneurs, youth groups, FIRST robotic teams, arts and crafts enthusiasts, and anyone else who wants to be able to make things that they dream up but don’t have the tools, space or skills.

The TechShop workshop provides a wide variety of machinery and tools for the open and unlimited use of its members, including milling machines and lathes, welding stations and plasma cutters, sheet metal working equipment, drill presses and band saws, industrial sewing machines, hand tools, plastic working equipment, electronics design and fabrication facilities, tubing and metal bending machines, electrical supplies and tools, and pretty much everything you’d ever need to make just about anything all by yourself.

Special Meeting: Tuesday Aug 14th, 2007 at 7pm.

* Guest Speaker: Michael Kadie.Michael will show off and talk about his Electric 65 Coupe which he is taking on a US Tour and challenging White Zombie for the NEDRA Title. See for details of Michael’s plans.
NOTE: This meeting will either be at the HP facility in Palo Alto (our regular meeting place), or the HP Cupertino Oak Room — stay tuned for further details.

June 16, 2007 10am – noon

* Guest Speaker: Warren Winovich. Topic: Electric car efficiency study. Specifically Warren will talk about a member’s AC Propulsion Saturn Coupe, which has performance similar to the EV1. AC Propulsion is well known for their tZero electric sports car and more recently for their e-Box Scion Xb conversion. Come find out more about this one-of-a-kind EV and see how Warren calculates the power consumption of the car under various driving conditions.

May 19, 2007 10am – noon

* Guest Speaker: Neal Saiki, Electricross, Inc. ( Topic:Electric motorcycles intended for off road use and motocross racing events. Neal will bring one of the motorcycles to the meeting.

April 17, 2007 10am – noon

* Guest Speakers: Warren Winovich & Bill Palter. Topic: 40 years of the EAA. Come hear Warren and Bill share insights and a little history of the EAA. This is the 40th anniversary year for the EAA. The EAA was formed after an EV Symposium at San Jose State in 1967.

March 17, 2007 10am – noon

* Guest Speaker: Tom Gage, CEO AC Propulsion. Tom talked about their new lithium powered eBox among other topics. They recently delivered the first eBox to actor Tom Hanks. This is an encore presentation that Tom gave at the March 10 UCSC EV Symposium. See a copy of Tom’s presentation.

Feb 24, 2007 10am – noon

This will be the annual meeting of the EAA, complete with audio hook-up with chapters from across the country.
Oct 21, 10am – noon

* Guest Speaker: Jim Larson, Clean Air Transportation Group, PG&E. Jim’s topics will be the promise of VTG (Vehicle to Grid) technology and Plug in Partners. PG&E is a member of Plug in Partners, a group of utility companies that is lining up “soft orders” for EVs and PHEVs (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) by offering financial incentives for customers. This is a win-win situation since it makes the purchase of the new technology vehicles more affordable for the consumer and also builds a network of vehicle battery packs that can be used to store off-peak electricity to help the utility. While this may sound like magic, there is solid engineering behind it and you can come to the meeting to find out more about how it works and how you can benefit.

* Review of the Sept 30 Rally

Nov 18 , 10am – noon

* Guest Speaker: Representatives from GreenEmotors. They will conduct an informal forum to find out what kind of electric vehicles our members and guests would like to see and buy in the near future. They are planning a trip to Taiwan and mainland China to visit with manufacturers and see what new Electric Vehicle products are available. Our input will help them pick and choose which vehicles to import. They already sell and service affordable 2 passenger scooters that were on display at our recent EV Rally and show, but they are not just a scooter supplier. If you want an enclosed electric vehicle that can go on the freeway, here’s your chance to come and let them know. Few of us can afford a Tango or Tesla roadster, but there are other options being developed in Asia that will soon hit our shores and you can come and help determine which ones make it.

After the meeting, Brian Howell will be there with his new Myers NMG (Sparrow). Brian has developed a relationship with some Lithium battery suppliers and is working on boosting the range of this 1 passenger enclosed 3 wheeler to over 100 miles per charge. Brian was also a vendor at our recent Rally and Show and offers a line of custom electric recumbant bikes – some with Lithium batteries.

Dec 16 , 10am – noon

* Guest Speaker: Bill Dube. Bill has the fastest electric motorcycle on the track (over 150 mph),

Jan 20 , 10am – noon

* We viewed highlights of the movie “Who Killed the Electric Car?”. The chapter has a copy of the DVD for members to borrow.



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