Transportation Assoc., EDTA Conference Dec. 2005
The EDTA Conference and
Exhibition was held at The Vancouver Convention Center on
the beautiful waterfront in downtown Vancouver B.C. on the 6th
to the 8th of Dec. 2005.
Ride and Drive for Press and Attendees occurred at a parking lot
near the Convention Center at the beginning of the conference on
The ride and Drive
was sponsored by Global Electric Motor Cars, a Division of
Ford and GM
were noticeably absent from the Ride and Drive as well as the
Exhibition Hall and Conference.
Ballard Power Systems, maker of PEM Fuel Cells in neighboring
Burnaby BC (greater Vancouver BC) did have 2 Ford Focus FCEV
(fuel cell powered) to Ride or Drive.
Dynasty Electric Car Corp. demonstrated a small, cute EV Sedan.
termed their NEV's Low Speed Vehicle's. (LSV's).
DaimlerChrysler and GEM gave rides in their versions of NEV's
Boshart Engineering of Ontario California gave ride and drives
rather large South Korean EV converted pickup. It can be used
for short deliveries in the city.
hybrid delivery van was demonstrated by Azure Dynamics Corp.,
formerly Solectria, of Woburn Mass.
using several of these hybrid vans (about the size of a UPS
Van) in Toronto with great success.
At the Exhibit Hall Lexus had the most glitzy booth with the
2007 GS 450h, the world's first hybrid luxury sedan and is
expected to go on sale in the spring of 2006.
Times featured it in our centerfold in the recent issue. Lexus
also showed off their RX400h luxury SUV hybrid that went on sale
Toyota Motor Sales USA , platinum sponsor with Honda, had 2 new
Prius' on display. There are 13,000 Toyota Canada employees
distributing the Toyota vehicles in Canada.
They have sold
5,000 Prius in Canada.
impressive and cute was Dynasty's bright red LSV mini pickup.
Honda displayed their new natural gas Civic GS and their H2
powered Civic FCX.
unique vehicle at the exhibit hall was e-Power Synergies Inc of
Cordova IL with their hydrogen powered hockey rink resurfacing
It is called
the Ice Bear with a unique painting of a polar bear on ice on
Four battery companies displayed their new batteries including
Cobasys, the spin off NiMh battery company from Ovonics -
Chevron Texaco. They displayed their hybrid battery modules.
Inc. of Danbury CT with a wide variety for propulsion and hybrid
and their Lithium Ion SuperPolymer batteries
and Saft with
their NiCads, NiMh, and LiIon batteries
Here are some comments. by Steve Lough, President of the Seattle
Electric Vehicle Assoc.
" Everyone at the conference, from manufacturer, to supplier, to
environmentalist, to businessman, to small time EV Club
almost all agreed on the following:
a. Oil is finite and will only cost more and More and MORE.
demand for oil is growing faster than any one expected.
c. Effects of
Oil Demand and Cost is being felt from the Pentagon
to the Sierra Club.
d. Gas Fed
Hybrids alone cannot curb the oil consumption.
Battery Electrics cannot capture the everyday buyer.
Warming and the Environment IS on the minds of the average car
g. Fuel Cells
and the H2 Economy is too far off, or may never happen.
h. THAT leaves
the ONE car that can do both jobs. (Short and Long
Trips)... The Plug IN Hybrid... Especially alternate liquid
fuels, such as local bio-fuels, and electricity from
ever-increasing renewable sources.
compliments of Steve Lough
Minister of Environment, British Columbia, delivered the Keynote
at the Closing Plenary Session while accepting the EDTA
I also met up with
Chelsea Sexton, the EV1 Activist. (See
photo) She was there to
promote EVs as well as the documentary "EV
Confidential or Who Killed the Electric Car?" to be
released in January 06 at the Sundance Film Festival and
worldwide soon thereafter.
Stay tuned for the highlights of the most interesting topics and
speakers and forums in a few days, such as Robert Stemple's
roundtable, ex-GM head that brought the EV1 to market, Plug In
light duty and heavy duty hybrids, latest battery technology and
bringing the hydrogen economy forward...
Publisher & Editor in Chief
here for a complete list and links to exhibitors.
In the photos you will
Angela Blevins-O'Connor of
Valencia CA taking care of Lexus Booth
- In the ride and drive area, the Dynasty Motor Car, called the
- Bill Moore on an
- "Ice Bear" Fuel Cell Ice
Hockey resurfacing machine
- Azure Power Systems's
Puralator Hybrid Delivery Van