Electric Auto Association News
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EAA Chairman presents paper at EVS-23
EAA Chairman Ron Freund presented a paper at the 23rd International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition in Anaheim, CA. This paper, entitled "Living with a BEV: A Survey of User Experiences", summarizes a survey of Toyota RAV4-EV drivers, focusing on the vehicle's capability, reliability and failures.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Special Interest Group
The EAA launches a special interest group (SIG) to develop and document the modifications needed to convert hybrid electric vehicles to increase their battery capacity and allow them to charge from an external source of electricity. The goal is to increase their electric-only range and reduce gasoline consumption. The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) SIG will eventually make conversion plans available as well as a list of parts needed. Initial target vehicle: 2004-2006 Toyota Prius.For more information see: http://www.eaa-phev.org/. Donations to this activity are welcome.
Plug In America
After saving EVs from the crusher, the DontCrush.com Team now launches the Plug In America effort towork with industry, environmental & national securityorganizations, and concerned citizens to revive plug-in autoproduction and give Americans the freedom to choose cars, trucks, andSUVs that are powered by cleaner, cheaper, domestic sources of energy.
Green Festival — A Joint Project of Global Exchange &Co-op America.San Francisco EVA http://www.sfeva.org/events/events-past.shtml had a booth to talk about EVs and PVs.
EAA Funds CalCars' PRIUS+ Plug-In Hybrid Project
The Electric Auto Association has voted to support the California Cars Initiative contributing funds and urging its members to join the effort to make "plug-in hybridelectric vehicles" (PHEVs) available to drivers worldwide.
The EAA declared its financial support in the formof a multi-phase research and development grant to CalCars' uniquePRIUS+ project. "Our first installment represents a substantial andunprecedented expenditure for our group," said EAA TreasurerGabrielle Adelman. CalCars' PRIUS+ project converts '04-05Priuses into PHEVs, doubling the Prius' 50 mpg performance."The goal is to demonstrate the technology and encourageautomakers to build PHEVs. The first PRIUS+ prototype is now beingtested in the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Felix Kramer,CalCars Founder.
Ron Freund, EAA Chairman, explained why the EAAdeparted from its usual focus on electric-only vehicles (EVs)."PHEVs are inspired. They're a cost-effective way to combineexisting technologies bringing the benefits of battery electrictechnology to market. Adding bigger batteries to conventionalhybrid cars gives drivers the opportunity to do most of theireveryday driving electrically – with zero pollution. Driversbenefit from the option to recharge every night and start every day'topped off'. And if it's not convenient to plug in, thehybrid's gasoline engine can take charge and act like aconventional hybrid – propelling the car and recharging thebatteries. Finally, mass production of PHEVs will reduce the costof batteries and other EV components, paving the way to bring pureEVs back into the marketplace," said Freund.
"EAA members have been key participants inmeetings, online discussions and garage-level engineering, design,and construction of the first PRIUS+ prototype. At EAA EVents allover North America, we always get queries from the public askingabout when and how they can purchase an EV or PHEV. So we wanted tostep forward to publicly and financially support this excellentproject. Others, who are in a position to do so, should look intothis project and consider a tax-deductible personal contribution tohelp speed progress", said Kim Rogers, EAA Education ProgramManager.
Details of the project can be found at http://www.priusplus.org/, which includes pointers to the "open source"-style online group where thelatest technical developments are discussed. Currently, DaimlerChrysler's Sprinter commercial van is the only PHEV underdevelopment by a major automaker, but a number of PHEVs have beenbuilt at universities and by small companies.
About the EAA
Founded in 1967, the EAA is a non-profit organization ofvolunteers dedicated to the promotion of electric-drive technologyand to the support of owners of electric vehicles. Its worldwidemembership is a source of knowledge and expertise aboutelectric-drive technology. The EAA seeks to educate the publicabout the progress and benefits of electric-drive technology byorganizing and participating in forums, meetings, and publicevents.The EAA also offers technical information and support topeople who wish to convert gasoline-powered vehicles to electricpower. In recent years, the EAA has established funds to maintainpublic EV charger stations. More information about the EAA isavailable at http://www.eaaev.org/.
Founded in 2002, CalCars is a non-profitadvocacy/technology development group. CalCars is comprised ofvolunteer entrepreneurs, environmentalists, engineers and othersworking together to spur adoption of efficient, non-pollutingautomotive technologies . CalCars promotes PHEVs for energyindependence and reduced greenhouse gases. More information aboutCalCars is available at CalCars.
Ron Freund, EAA Chairman, phone: 408.447.0607, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Felix Kramer, email@example.com