Electric Vehicles 101

What Will Be Taught?

Weary of being a hostage to rising gas prices? Ever imagine the joy of quietly zooming past a gas station? Maybe you are an environmentally minded person interested sustainable transportation? Or a gearhead looking for a next project? Electric vehicle technologies are rapidly being adopted all over the world and they work well right here in Alberta! There are 20 brands of electric cars and plug-in hybrids available in North America right now. On the other hand if you are more of a DIY type person, converting an existing vehicle to battery electric power can be an exciting and satisfying project. With modern components and a good design you can end up with an EV conversion that offers a good range and excellent performance. Plus what you pick to convert is entirely up to you!

As this is a new offering the content for this course is flexible and we will do our best to tailor it to the needs and interests of the class. A list of topics is provided below which are likely to be covered. Please tell us what your needs are.
- The benefits of electric vehicles
- A survey of what’s is available now and a peek at what is coming
- What you can expect from a DIY electric vehicle conversion
- All about electric vehicle components, motors, controllers, batteries 
- How to fit them together and how to fit them into a vehicle
- How to estimate driving range, battery pack size and overall performance
- How to maximize range and performance
- EV economics for a factory vehicle or a conversion
- A look at EV charging stations which are available at the course location

A tour of the new Mosaic Centre solar charging stations will be included.

This class is a series of 5 Thursday evenings throughout March. March 2nd to 30th, Thursday nights from 7-9:30 pm. 

Instructor Biography:

Jesse Tufts is a mechanical engineer, car enthusiast and electric vehicle enthusiast from Edmonton, Alberta who has spent about 1000 hours along with a friend converting a Japanese mini truck to run on electricity. The finished EV is a zippy and practical small truck which can be used all year long and costs just over $0.01/km in electricity to operate! The mini truck and countless other hands-on DIY projects back up his education and environmental enthusiasm. Jesse is a member of the board of directors of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta and one of the main organizers for the Future of Transportation Symposium here in Edmonton.

Who Will Be Teaching?

Jesse Tufts.


Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 7:00pm to Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 9:30pm



The Mosaic Centre
2003 91 Street SW
Edmonton AB T6X 1A2


225.00 CAD

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