Saturday, October 9th, 2010 Monthly Meeting

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Monthly NTEAA Meeting

Date : Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location : University of Teas at Arlington (UTA) Nedderman Hall Room 105

Address : 400 S Pecan St, Arlington, Texas 76010  MapIt

We had a good meeting today.  I think we had 10 people during the meeting, not as many as we had hoped.  Bill gave his presentation on PWM devices.  He brought several examples to looking at.  He also had a chart of elements that showed potential energy that was interesting information.  It was interesting to see that information and where some future batteries may come from.  Paul also sheadded some light on what the J1772 standard. We got to hear an update Neil’s EV.  I got to see his new controller and it is really impressive.  I can’t wait until his EV is up and running again, its going to be awesome.  He is also taking advantage of this down time doing some upgrades to his car.  We got to hear about Mike’s (S10) and Steve’s EVs (Ranger?)  Afterwards we were out in the parking lot and checking out Shawn’s Fiero EV.  We had several college students pass by and was checking out the car.  It was interesting to find out that one of the student’s class was building a formula hybrid racer and they had some great questions.  I think we need to come back to UTA to check out this Formula car some time.  I can’t quite remember but I think they called it FSA.

For me it was a long trip!  I drove my electric car all the way down there and back!  I even picked up a passenger and he traveled 3/4 of the way with me.  I ended up drive just over 75 miles today.  I was a little worried about getting my car home on the last leg of the trip.  But Neil had two power lines in his garage and I had two chargers.  So I charged my car twice as fast and helped Neil out on his car.  Then I finished the last leg of my drive all by my self and made it home with some mileage to spare.  When I unplugged my chargers, the QuickCharge Charger was extremely warm.  I don’t think that charger liked to be plugged in together with the K&W.  Does anyone know if these charger might not like to play together?  Either way it was cool to see that I was charging at 18 Amps, I even took a picture of it!  All and all, I thought it was a good meeting, had a lot of information presented and hopefully we all learned a little bit.

NTEAA President

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