[Oeva-list] John Day or Bust....

Chris Arnesen chris at darkstarpro.com
Sat May 21 12:06:02 PDT 2011

Just wanted to let Leaf owners know that you can upgrade the Nissan 
provided Level 1 EVSE to be Level 1 or Level 2 for $239 from 
http://evseupgrade.com/. It takes about 5 shipping days and I've had 
mine upgraded an know a few others that have upgraded their units as 
well. I shipped mine UPS Ground on a Monday and got it back that Friday, 
so it definitely gets done fast.

I'm still debating about doing the trip, the 90 miles between Condon and 
Dayville make me the most nervous! :-)

Chris Arnesen

On 5/21/2011 10:59 AM, Ray Blackburn wrote:
> Hi OEVA members,
> The time has come to try and get a head count of who may be making the 
> trip to John Day this year for the annual Solwest Energy Fair.  It is
> approximately a three day fair held in John Day, OR.  There are many 
> great classes held on solar power, gardening, biodiesel, etc...  
> Their are motels available and a camping area.
> I must inform the Leaf owners and others who want to attempt this that 
> there will only be 240 volt 30 amp 14 - 50P connections for charging. 
> You will need to buy the adaptor or portable charging station to adapt 
> from 14-50P to J1772, I believe there is a hack for the Leaf to use 
> 240 volts through the 110 cord as well, but am not sure on this. 
> http://www.tucsonev.com/  There are no J1772 connections for charging 
> that I am aware of once you head east on I-84 out of Portland.  We 
> will have charging points at Cascade Locks, The Dalles, Condon and 
> Dayville.  If you can not make your Leaf go 70 miles after leaving 
> I-84 you should not attempt this trip.  Know your vehicle capabilities 
> before you go on a road trip.  I know I could make a Leaf go 70 miles 
> on a hot day on a windy back hwy like hwy 97 but I will not be driving 
> your cars.  We may still yet have charging in Wasco and Spray but 
> don't count on it.  Please contact me if you plan on this adventure.  
> I went last year with the EV Yaris and had a great time.  Ray 
> Blackburn,  OEVA_treas at yahoo.com
> Jennifer Barker, who heads up the Fair does a great job of explaining 
> below why we are doing this and has done wonders to help get charging 
> places in the communities from The Dalles to John Day.
> John Day or Bust
> The Oregon Electric Vehicle Association (OEVA) puts out a call to 
> action for all EV enthusiasts who support this vision: that replacing 
> internal combustion engines (ICE, now powering America’s fleet of 
> personal vehicles) with electric drive systems is the quickest and 
> cheapest path to breaking our addiction to oil, cleaning up our air 
> and stopping the flow of our dollars to OPEC. The goal is to promote 
> the widespread adoption of the EV as a vehicle of utility and 
> adventure as well as being good for the environment.
> Electric Vehicle owners and enthusiasts from all over the West will be 
> heading to John Day and SolWest Fair the last weekend of July. Let’s 
> take a lesson from the history of the early days of the auto. 
> Individuals and groups were constantly setting out on daunting trips 
> across vast regions with poor-to-terrible roads, no gas stations and 
> no repair shops. They did it and sold a nation on the ICE.
> Why John Day?
> John Day is a little town in the middle of the eastern Oregon desert 
> and mountains, settled in the late 1800’s by gold miners, ranchers, 
> loggers, and timber workers. In other words, they were hardy pioneer 
> stock, and their spirit still dominates the town. It’s a perfect 
> setting for the pioneers of the EV age. If you can drive an EV to John 
> Day, you can drive an EV just about anywhere.
> John Day or Bust is a collaboration between the Oregon Electric 
> Vehicle Association, SolWest Fair, and the Green Living Journal. 
> www.oeva.org
> http://www.solwest.org/fair.htm
> Ray Blackburn OEVA Treasurer.
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