December 13th, 2008 Meeting

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At Joel Oqzo’s House
156 Hidden Circle, Richardson, TX 75081
From 10 AM to 12 PM

Website : Holiday Express Riding Train

Map : Google Maps

Meeting Overview:

EV Meeting starts at 10 AM
Read November Minutes
Review Old EV Business
New EV Business
Open EV Discussions
Adjourn to the back yard to play with the EV’s (Cars and Trains)

Santa came and visited NTEAA during our meeting

More pictures can be seen here. (Courtesy of DJ)

December Notes:
The December meeting of the North Texas Electric Auto Association (NTEAA) was held at Joel Oqzo’s house in Richardson. Joel has an electric Christmas Train that we volunteered to rewire for better performance. The train is used to give children rides for free.

The meeting was called to order by President John Brecher. The November meeting minutes were read followed by a call to discuss old business. Mike Barkley had looked into finding some NTEAA patches to sew on clothing. He was looking for three different sizes for hats, shirts, and jackets. The source he was investigating requires a minimum order of 250 for each size. Mike is looking at another source that may have lower minimums. We discussed making the next meeting more educational with one or two presentations on electric car components. We also discussed making the presentation into a handout for shows. There’s a possibility that we may also take a short field trip to see the conversion of a new Mercedes and possibly smart cars a short distance from the Love Field aviation center. An excellent suggestion was made to make name tags for the meetings. The name tags would have the persons name and electric vehicles owned. Treasurer Bill Bohan is working on setting up a button on the website for donations and paying dues. The button will utilize paypal for payment. It was mentioned that paypal will extract a fee if credit cards are used. There was encouragement to use the required paypal checking account to transfer funds. There’s no charge if a checking account is used. We also discussed rev limiter for motors. Some of the more electronically inclined members were going to think of the best method. Tom Foster mentioned that he should be getting the first lot of LiFePo cells directly from the factory in China this week. Cells are being ordered for at least two conversions within the group. Mike Barkley gave us an update on the high school truck conversion in progress. Mike also brought a slick example of the electrical heater they had fabricated for the truck. See Mike’s flicker site (off the NTEAA home page) for more pictures of the progress. John Brecher has an individual that wants to barter some aircraft NiCad batteries. The batteries are 24 volt, 40 amp hour. These are probably too small for a car conversion but may work in a tractor or scooter. If anyone is interested, see John. We also learned from John that Channel 4 news may be attending the next meeting to do a piece on the club. We should find out more later. Our host introduced Kenny Collins who makes the sound effects used by the train. Kenny uses a DDC system to control the train and the sound effects. Kenny passed out his card. If anyone wants to add sound effects to their EV, see Kenny. Suggestions were a dragster or a train horn.

The meeting was then adjourned to rewire Joel’s train. Joel has been having trouble lately with range issues. The train was wired with heavier gauge wire. The battery string was wired by paralleling two six volt batteries and adding paralleled batteries in series for a 24 volt string. There were eight total batteries in the string. As a result of the modifications, the train speed increased and was able to carry one ton of weight!

Electric Motor on the electric train

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