[Oeva-list] Legislative proposals
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Theoldcars at aol.com
Sun Jan 4 01:19:31 PST 2009
I read all of your proposal below. I agree there is a huge problem with lack
of quality control from China manufacturers. The answer is already here and
there is no need to import.
Why not just recycle all the failing ICE vehicles into EVs. Then you do not
have to contend with trying to change the existing Federal laws limiting
speeds on NEV's. You also would have vehicles that have been crash tested and
already built with safety features.
This would have many positive ramifications you brought up plus using an
existing resource that is currently being wasted..
There are so many extra ICE vehicles not being used. You can search
Craigslist and find what seems to be an endless amount. It is really astounding if
you start counting how many are sitting in driveways or yards. You can see they
obviously have not been moved in months. Many of these vehicles have
expensive ICE related repairs that the owners do not want to invest their money in.
The 240 volt plug that is coming soon would open the door for a world of
change. Employing people here would help our economy and reduce the miles
driven by ICE vehicles.
As the demand increases the cost for the parts would go down. Quality of the
conversions would rapidly escalate and prices would drop even further. It
would not take long before the popular vehicles for conversions started being
sold. I would not be surprised to see companies like Napa or CarQuest selling
Edelbrock EV conversion kits.
How could government help make this happen? Access to electric is an
absolute must. Tax credits for conversions would help. Rebates from the energy trust
or lottery funds would go a long way as well.
In a message dated 1/3/2009 9:04:07 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
oeva-list-request at oeva.org writes:
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2009 08:43:56 -0800 (PST)
From: Tim Kutscha <tim_kutscha at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Oeva-list] Fw: Legislative proposals sent to Rep Riley re
To: oeva-list at oeva.org
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Here's an e-mail I received from Philip Kollas regarding some of the
legislative proposals that he made for the 2009 session. If you have any thoughts
or feedback for Philip, please contact him at pkollas at comcast.net.
----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Philip Kollas <pkollas at comcast.net>
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 8:24:12 PM
Subject: Legislative proposals sent to Rep Riley re EVs
Legislative proposals sent to Rep Riley re EVs Hi again, Tim,
We talked a couple of times by e-mail in early August re the OEVA and some
upcoming events where we would be showing our EVs. So, I wanted to send you
my proposals for the 2009 legislative session and see what you (and any other
OEVA folks) thought. I?d be happy to hear from you.
Below is the text of what I have today sent to my rep in the Oregon House,
Chuck Riley; I?ve talked with him in person in the past and have found him to
be willing to listen and help on other matters.
Happy New Year,
Philip Kollas (Hillsboro ZAP driver)
Hello again, Rep. Riley,
Congratulations on your win in the legislative race last month; I?m sure
you?re eager to get on with the business of state government again.
Introduction and Proposals
Although some would wring their hands in this economic environment, I see an
opportunity to re-make our way of doing things in Oregon, for both the
short-term and the long-term good. We can turn the economic downturn to our
advantage while vastly improving our environmental standing as a green and
innovative state. And it?s all in keeping with Governor Kulongoski?s overall plan
to bring electric vehicles (EVs) to Oregon in a big way.Here are my two
1. Add the final crucial ingredient to the governor?s plan for building and
selling EVs in Oregon: design them here, so that the quality is
unquestionable from start to finish. This will be crucial, as you will see from the
2. Eliminate the arbitrary speed limit for four-wheeled EVs (currently 30
mph, I believe), so that the average car buyer is willing to consider an EV in
any future purchase.
Based in part on environmental concerns and in part on the price of gas,
last spring I researched the available EVs in this country and quickly narrowed
down the list to two, one of which was out of sight for price ($36,000).
That left exactly one affordable type (about $13,000 new), offered by a
California company that imports a Chinese-built EV. Note that this import is a
three-wheeler, technically a three-wheeled motorcycle, so as to avoid the 30-mph
speed limit artificially imposed in Oregon on four-wheeled EVs. Since the
top speed listed in my owner?s manual is 40 mph, having a three-wheeler allows
a theoretical one-third faster trip than does any four-wheeled EV. This was
important in my purchase decision.
I made arrangements with my employer, which is roughly 18 miles away by back
roads, to recharge my EV on their dime while I?m at work, thus allowing me
to have a fully charged battery pack when I head home in the middle of the
night (I work swing shift). So far, so good.
This worked fine until the battery pack started pooping out about five miles
shy of my work site, requiring me to recharge for 30-45 minutes somewhere
along the way?and show up late for work. Not good. Numerous calls and visits
to the Portland dealer (with whom I have no complaint) disclosed that the
onboard charger did not receive, from the manufacturer, the correct algorithm
(think of software that tells the charger how long and how deep to charge the
batteries) for this particular brand of batteries. My EV wound up at the
shop, getting new algorithm after new algorithm from the manufacturer, for more
than five weeks this past autumn.
In addition, the windshield turns out to flare badly whenever the sun
strikes it at low sun angles, such as in the late afternoon. The dealer admitted
that the quality of the glass supplied by the manufacturer was low. This
creates an unsafe situation during certain hours, but the manufacturer?s warranty
does not cover such windshield replacement.
Rationale for the Proposals
Why do I mention these problems? The quality of the Chinese import is just
too low to be a serious contender for American consumers. No one in his
right mind would knowingly buy a rig with these defects, which were more design
flaws than construction flaws. Had U.S. individuals designed the rig, these
flaws would not have been allowed (sorry, but we all know by now the problem
with Chinese quality control: it?s nonexistent).
If we control both the design and the construction of EVs here in the
Northwest, we can guarantee a good product. If we merely import Chinese-built EVs
for the US market, we will quickly have no new EV drivers . . . and gasoline
usage (and pollutants) will continue at present levels. This is not good for
consumers, the environment, or the economy. My understanding is that
Governor Kulongoski?s plan is to import some Chinese EVs and to build certain
Nissan EVs in Oregon.
My proposal is that we both design and build EVs in Oregon, and that we
eliminate the needless speed restriction that will otherwise kill any effort at
selling four-wheeled EVs. This will allow a quality product and a favorable
environment for the use of the new ?green? vehicles that the governor wants
to see in Oregon. EV speeds are already inherently limited by the battery
pack and electric motor used in each type. Most models I know of can hit only
about 40 mph on the level anyway; they don?t need an arbitrary speed limit
below that. Consumers will not buy an electric vehicle, no matter how clean its
energy source, if it can?t get them where they want to go in a reasonable
Summary; Specific Legislative Requests
In your role as vice-chair of the Workforce and Economic Development
Committee, would you please introduce legislation to achieve the two proposals
listed above (add vehicle design to the current push for building green cars;
delete the 30-mph arbitrary speed limit for four-wheeled EVs). I?m not sure how
the bill for the first proposal should read; I will leave that to your
discretion. The second proposal should need only a bill eliminating the current
speed limit specifically levied on four-wheeled EVs.
I thank you for your time and consideration of these two matters. If you
have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact me. I would be
willing to testify regarding the proposed legislation at any hearings.
With respect and best wishes for the new year,
1179 SE Fir Grove Lp
Hillsboro OR 97123-8806
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