Saturday, January 9, 2010

2010 EV Excitement!

First, it's time to formally raise the curtain on our new video "What Makes an EV Go." This video was narrated and filmed by students in the June 2009 EV Conversion Workshop in Lansdale PA, using the 1985 all-electric Volkswagen Vanagon built by the class in 5 action-packed days. It is also a part of the downloadable hands-on, one-week EV curriculum for high school students developed in 2009. We are looking for feedback on the curriculum, so please get in touch with us if you are a teacher planning to implement it!

In other video news, Bucks County Renewables now has its own Youtube channel collecting all our EV-related videos in one place.

But there's lots more. First and foremost, at long last THE VAN WILL BE PAINTED on Thursday, January 14, 2009 -- and it turns out it was worth the looooong wait! The actual painting will take place during the North Montco Technical Career Center Open House between 6 - 9 p.m. Bob Hunter, the auto collision repair teacher at NMTCC, will be using new eco-friendly water-based paint in order to showcase the school's commitment to "green technology." Does that rock or what?! I'll be at NMTCC that evening to see the van roll out of the paint booth. For more info on the Open House click on the logo ...

Everything happens all at once when it happens, of course, so it was just last week that we finally confirmed the dates for the Saturday EV Conversion Workshop. Yippee! We are on at NMTCC for March 13, 20, 27 and April 10, 17, & 24. Note that there is no class Saturday April 3. Click here to go straight to the page where you can download a registration, and please don't delay because on Monday morning a huge email blast goes out to all the schools in the surrounding area and to all the technical high schools and community colleges with automotive programs in the region. I want there to be space in the class for all those who have written me asking when the next workshop will be already -- but it's first-come first-served, so hurry and get your registrations in as soon as possible!

Here's the really fun part: the vehicle converted during the Saturday EV Conversion workshop will be on display at the May 1, 2010 EV-ent in Macungie, PA. Yes, work is already underway preparing for an even bigger and better (and definitely sunnier!) EV show this year.

I spent the whole day updating the website so that when I start publicizing our course, people will be able to click right over to and download the registration form. We're live now! At some point I'd like to set up a Paypal account so folks can pay online, but I'm not sure that's going to happen before this workshop does -- there's a lot to be done!

Speaking of publicizing, I'm glad I didn't forget to mention that I'm going to be at the Eastern Electric Vehicle Club meeting this Wednesday, January 14 with fliers and all the latest news, and then next Tuesday I'll be heading out to Morristown NJ to present a slideshow of the 2007 workshop to the NJ Electric Auto Association.

Chapter president Doug Stansfield has a business called Trans Atlantic Electric Conversions that's just what I've been waiting for -- a professional conversion shop I can refer folks to who want an EV, but don't want to convert their vehicles themselves. Hurray! To my knowledge this shop is the first in the Eastern PA/Central NJ area, be sure to let me know if I am wrong! Trans Atlantic is also a distributor for WarP motors and controllers for those of you working on home or school builds. If you get in touch with Trans Atlantic, be sure to tell them you heard about them from this blog (that way they'll owe me and be willing to tow all their EV's over to Macungie to display in the spring!).

MMX (as the Romans would call it) has begun with a big bang, as you can see. Lucky I am all filled with New Yearish resolutions of getting organized and productive. I love January, though it's not prime EV-driving weather -- I wonder how Ken Barbour's Mini-E is doing in all the snow we've been having?

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