So I was sitting at work one day during April, and realized that it was getting to be springtime. I remembered that Macungie, PA had their little EV-Event about that time of year, so I went looking to see if I had missed it yet this year. Lo and behold, it was on May 5th – I hadn’t missed it yet! Not only had I not missed it, but I also had no plans for that weekend! Talked to my wife, made some phone calls, and was ready to go. Of the three of us working together, only Jason was able to go along – which is too bad for Scott.
We both had a GREAT time. It was excellent to see what everyone did the same, and what everyone did differently in their conversions. Jay and I both learned a lot from everyone we talked to – our thanks go out to everyone for being patient with us as we asked all sorts of questions. My only regrets are that we couldn’t bring an EV with us ourselves, and that we had to leave all too soon.
I tried to do a better job of taking pictures this year than I did last year. I didn’t get everything, but I did get quite a fair bit. I think the turnout was really strong – and I hope that interest was sparked in other folks that came to look at everything.
Without further ado, pictures!
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I haven’t captioned everything (anything); but I hope to eventually have that done. If your vehicle is here, and you have a web page all about it, contact me and I’ll make up a post “spotlighting” you/your EV! If you’d rather not have that, I can just add in any information about your conversion to the comments on the photos (link to a blog about it, evalbum page, or whatnot).
Special thanks should go out to the following:
- Chris Freyman for helping facilitate the design of the Open Revolt DC motor controller (which we’re building a version of for the Jetta)
- Brandon Hollinger for answering nine million questions and helping to get us “charged up” again to work on/finish our conversion
- Jenny Issacs for helping to plan the EV-Events and for creating Bucks County Renewables
My only regret is that I couldn’t spend more time learning and talking to you all and that I live so far away!
I know it’s been a long time since there have been any updates, but fear not! I and my compatriots that are working on the project are still here. I’ve changed jobs and have a smaller commute, so hopefully I’ll have more time to not only post updates about our progress, but also time to make progress as well.
We’re going to keep going with the Jetta, even though it needs some body work. I’ve got easy access to a shop with all the necessary utilities to make easy work of the needed repairs, so that’s not something I’m concerning myself with very hard. It does mean that we need to totally strip the interior however – seats, carpet, and all.
At least it appears to be easy work to start with that can be done in small pieces! One seat here, one seat there, feels like progress – even if it is small progress.
We’ll be in touch!
A fellow EV’er and EcoModder member took this video of the ribbon cutting. Posted with his permission.
On Saturday, April 30th, there was a small gathering of EV owners, enthusiasts, and renewable energy proponents. I went down with two of my friends that are also involved in the EV project(s) that are being worked on in my basement and garage. We weren’t there long, and I didn’t take as many photos as I should have, but we still had a good time. I was able to meet face to face with some fellows I know from conversations on the EcoModder forums. What photos I took, you can see below. The highlight for a lot of folks was the Tesla Roadster – definitely awesome to see one in person. Just as cool, in my opinion – they had a ribbon cutting ceremony for the switching on of a free public charging station for EVs! It’s not one of the new “smart chargers” that are used for fast charging of the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt, but just a 120 Volt outlet that will work even with homebrew conversions.Thank you to the sponsors of the event for putting together the gathering, and I hope we can be there next year with our own EV!
Here’s a direct link to the main page for the gathering: EV-Event
My photos from the event are below:
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