22 July 2009

Another Green Expo

Well, another Green Expo done. It was over 100F on Saturday, which killed much of my energy. Not a lot of interest, not like last year when gas was ~$4/gallon. I did get to meet up with some EV friends and made a couple new ones. I forgot to take my camera so I sadly didn't get any photos! The lawn tractor was popular, getting lots of "wow, I didn't know you could do that" types of comments.

Mark has done an amazing job restoring and electrifying a bug-eyed Sprite. Absolutely beautiful car.

I met another guy (sorry, forgot his name already!) who is into motorcycles, and did a great job on a Ninja. He's a mechanical engineer, and has a few other motorcycle projects in the works.

There was some talk about starting a Boise chapter of the EAA, but the same reluctance to hold meetings exists.

To get downtown and back is 20 miles exactly. I had a fresh charge the morning before I left. I took side streets to get down there, being a bit worried about the distance (no charging available). when it was time to come home I decided I had enough juice to take the freeway. I was impressed! I took the freeway at 55-60MPH in 4th gear, pushing 150-200 motor amps. The hills presented some slowing, but I was able to keep up for the most part. When I pulled into my garage the odometer was just clicking to 20.0 miles, and the e-meter read something like 4.75 kWh (~240Wh/mile) for the whole trip. I'd guess I was down in the 60-70% DOD range.