Weary of being a hostage to rising gas prices and environmental costs? Ever imagine the joy of quietly zooming past a gas station? Maybe you are 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 very well right here in Alberta!
There are electric cars and plug-in hybrids available for purchase right now from most major vehicle manufacturers. 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 class 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
- A peek at what’s coming
- Why you might want to undertake a DIY EV conversion (and possibly why you shouldn’t) - 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 for a given vehicle and battery pack size
- How to estimate vehicle performance
- How to maximize range and performance
- Factory and converted EV economics
The class will take place two consecutive Saturdays from 9:00 am-4 pm, October 26th and November 2nd, 2013 at the St. Albert NAIT Campus. The Nov. 2 class will also include a mini car show where you can get an up close and personal look at some of the EV conversions done in the Edmonton area and meet some of the early adopters. There may be a chance to check out some of the available factory electric vehicles and test rides and drives may also be a possibility.
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. The mini truck has also been on display for the last two years at the Edmonton Earth Day Festival.