Saturday, January 8th, 2011 Monthly Meeting

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Monthly NTEAA Meeting

Date : Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location : Half Price Books in Dallas off of North West Highway

Address : 5803 E. Northwest Hwy. Dallas, TX 75231

Website :

All monthly meetings are free to attend and open to the public.

We had our monthly meeting at Half Price Books today.  They were generous enough to let us use their community room and their charging station.  Their charging station is a Level 1 (110 Volt) and Level 2 (220 Volt) by Coulomb Technologies.

Charge Point by Coulomb Technologies

We started our monthly meeting a little after 10:00 AM.  We talked about the extra NTEAA Patches that are still available.  If you are interested in getting some, contact Mike Barkley at  He is selling them for $3.45 a piece.  These are nicely made and can be sewn onto hats, jackets, shirts, etc.  Just check out the picture to see how great they turned out.

NTEAA PatchWe also discussed the Nissan Leaf Test Drives in Irving, TX next weened (1/14 – 1/16  7AM – 5PM).  Several of use will be going to this event.  The website to register is, you don’t have to register but your wait time should be significantly shorter if you do.  Ron went to the test drive in Austin and said it is a good presentation where they show you details of the car and have a break away of the car.  Plus you get to drive an actual Nissan Leaf.  So if your interested in checking that car in person, be sure to make some time next weekend to make it to their event.

We also discussed our next months meeting.  We are planning on it being at EV Tech in Addison, TX.  We still need to make the final plans for that meeting but that is the plan right now.  We also talked about the UNT Presentation at the end of February for Engineer’s Week.  Neal plans on sending Paul pictures of his conversion that he is going to throw into a presentation for that event.  Mike H. brought up a good idea for our group.  He just bought a new charger for his EV Truck and he was asking about possibly coming up with a standard plug for our group so that everyone could recharge at any NTEAA place.  I (Jared) think this idea has some merit so we will bring this up again for next months meeting to discuss further.

After the meeting we adjourned to the parking lot to look at the EVs and the charging station and talk to the people gathered around the cars.  Once Mark brought his Meyers Motors NGM (Corbin Sparrow), it really brought a crowd like usual.

We had 4 EVs at our meeting this month.  I (Jared) brought my Fiero, Neil brought his Golf, Mark had his NMG, and Mike H. was finally able to bring his Ford Ranger EV.  Here is a few pictures of Mike’s Ranger.

Half Price Books is at a great location and gets a lot of attention!  We look forward to having more meetings at this location.  We’ll try to put this location into our normal rotation of meeting locations.

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