[Oeva-list] FW: [seva] electric vehicles

Roy LeMeur roylemeur at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 29 02:44:30 PST 2008






~~~~~~Roy LeMeur

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> From: roylemeur at hotmail.com
> Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 02:37:26 -0800
> To: seva at seattleeva.org
> Subject: Re: [seva] electric vehicles
> 
> 
> 
> Hi Denny
> 
> Jeez Louise it is about time. I have been in the EV industry for many years and also volunteer staff at Hempfest for many years.
> 
> I kept the rental fleet of gas burning golf car-type vehicles operational day and night at Hempfest for a couple of years.
> 
> From vapor-lock to flooding and every other issue I kept those suckers going.
> 
> In 2006 we used a Chevy pickup as an auxilary fuel tank. The trick to prevent vapor-lock in the heat of the day was to always keep the fuel tanks topped off. I missed 2007 Hempfest due to date conflicts with the NEDRA Nationals.
> 
> Repeated discussions with Hempfest core staff when suggesting EVs to replace the gas-burners always comes down to "how are we going to charge these?". The available juice at Hempfest is stretched pretty thin. You need dedicated 120V 20A circuits for opportunity charging during the lax times during the days and enough to charge them all completely at night. You will need to have the chargers for each vehicle. I personally don't think this is as big of an issue as other staff members seemed to think it is (fueling was much more difficult IMHO). Folks that are operating the vehicles need to understand about opportunity charging and when to charge. You should consult with the folks who are in charge of supplying the juice to the event.
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> You will need to figure out how many miles per day per vehicle these are actually being used. Then you have something to base charging requirements on .
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> I would suggest asking MC Electric Vehicles in Seattle and possibly the new EV dealership in Portland- EcoMotion if they might be willing to provide vehicles
>  .
> This of course depends on the political leanings of the folks you are asking whether or not they may be willing to help.
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> I am betting there are a few SEVA folks willing to display vehicles at Hempfest (I would also ask the OEVA folks and the EVDL -Electric Vehicle Discussion List-)
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> Folks... Seattle Hempfest is _by far_ the largest annual event in the northwest as far as attendance is concerned. We are talking 200,000 to 300,000 thru the gates per day in 2006. (it is the largest "Protestival" in the world)
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> The all-volunteer staff at Seattle Hempfest are the best folks I have worked with on _any_ event ­_ever_.
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> "Big Time" exposure for EVs for those willing to display. Contrary to some people's misconceptions, Hempfest attendees reflect _all_ walks of life. They are just like everyone else for those of you who may doubt it or who have never checked it out.
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> Wishing you the best of luck Denny and please contact me off-list if you have any questions.
> 
> Roy
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> ~~~~~~Roy LeMeur
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> > Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 00:52:15 -0800
> > From: dennyd1us at yahoo.com
> > To: seva at seattleeva.org
> > Subject: [seva] electric vehicles
> > 
> > Howdy Folks. I just joined your list today. I am on the production staff for the Seattle Hemfest, held every year on the third weekend of August. We presently rent 10 or 12 gasoline powered golf carts for our staff to use. We would like to remove the gas engines from our event. We also would like to have a display of alternative fuel vehicles. If anybody on this list is interested in this, please contact:
> > 
> >      Denny Coughlin
> >      360 482 3050
> >      dennyd1us at yahoo.com
> > 
> >     Thanks everybody
> >     Denny Coughlin
> > 
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