Friday 14th November
2003 - Seven cars from the CaFCP drove from Long Beach Community
college to the LB convention center. Seven cars were in the rally including
the new X-Trail from Nissan. Joe Irvine from the CaFCP started the
announcements and other speakers included LB Fire Chief Brad Wilson, LB
Police Lt. Richard Rocky, Cynthia Vidula Perelta on the SCAQMD board and
Kitari Kalahau of EDTA. The name of the conference this year is Battery,
Hybrid and Fuel Cell. There was one of the three Ed's in attendance, Ed
from SoCal Edison. Missing were Ed Rediel and Ed LaRocque from Toyota.
Other attendees included representatives from as close as the CaFCP and
SCAQMD and from as far as Japan. This event was to encourage public to
attend the Ride-n-Drive on Saturday and to support the LB Community
College and their efforts to train technicians to work on these types of
—Tai Robinson Reporting
|Roderick Wilde of EV Parts and Wilde-EVolutions Announces the filming of "Sucking Amps" pilot for the Discovery Channel, produced by Craig Piligian of Survivor & American Chopper.|
All Photos Tai Robinson - HiRes available upon request
Saturday 15th November 2003 - This show is electrifying! Billions of
research money to showcase all this. The hottest both and best looking
package is from Wavecrest, they are showing bikes, outboard motor and the
DaimlerChrysler Smart roadster converted to electric. The inductive
charging system is great, no plugging-in to charge, and fast too. Alpha EV
is offering Alphagel batteries that reach 80% charge in 12 minutes! With
more capacity, longer life and no harmful components. AC propulsion has a
$788,000 dollar hybrid plug-in Volkswagen Beetle and of course, the
tZero. PEI has some funky looking things as well. My eyes have been opened
to the electric future, who needs hydrogen?
"Written in the easy, fluent style that makes Vijay Vaitheeswaran so
readable in The Economist,
POWER TO THE PEOPLE examines the energy future,
including the prospects for fossil fuels, with a calm rationality that
will surely command the respect of people across the political spectrum."
—Lord Browne of Madingley, Chief Executive, BP
Official News Magazine of EVS-20
Distributed Free to all the Attendees
Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th
Sunday 16th November
2003 -Today was productive.
I drove and rode in more vehicles, and made good contacts. I did not get
as many contacts today as yesterday but all is well. I would like to
declare my Ride-n-drive champions:
# 1 champion is Honda with the FCX
Best looking exterior vehicle - Nissan X-Trail
Most practical pure EV vehicle - Electrovaya Maya
Best looking bike - Wavecrest TidalForce io
Most impressive technology - inductive charging.
Automotive Roundtable - Roundup
- "Sustainable Mobility, for which there is no single solution, but multiple pathways to be taken right now to achieve this goal. The most important indicator is the environment yet this is the least important to the consumer. The next best indicator is the economy which is what drives the consumers choices and the distant third indicator is social which would include aspects such as traffic jams and security within the vehicle." The moderator concluded by saying we know less than we think we do. Oh, Brilliant guy!
- The Rcar (Reva in India) car looks good, they are exhibiting next to Calstart-Weststart. Bruce Meland told me to check out Wavecrest, which I already had and am completely impressed with the Russian technology, mostly because of their packaging. They are the ones Gen. Wesley Clark had to resign from (as well as all other boards he was sitting on) to be completely safe in his presidential bid. Maxwell I need to check out a little bit more, but they have an EV-1 on display with their ultra caps which was designed by BYU students in Utah. Zap car is cool but I did not get to drive it yet. —Tai
Monday 16th November
2003 - Tai got
written up in today's ShowTimes edition and photo on the front page with title of article
Hydrogen-Capable Hummer. The story was about Schwarzenegger's project and
his clean vehicle agenda. As a result, Tai's Electrifying Times badge was
taken away from him by the EVS media office. Keep you posted... (Oy Vay!
Wavecrest Labs out
of Dulles VA converted to electric a new Smart Roadster, a new model by
available in Europe since March 2001 but not available here in the US yet. They
are showcasing their new 17 kW volt on electric hub motors which saves
space for small size conversions. More later — Bruce Meland
From Josh Landesh—evworld correspondent, on loan to Electrifying Times
"Renowned Hollywood director Rob Reiner's speech was, in my view, exhilarating. He spoke from the heart, and I'm mentioning it to Electrifying Times for a couple of reasons. Remy and I have talked about the role of celebrities in our efforts. One of the first things Rob discussed was what Celebrities could do to help the cause, and what their limitations are. He emphasized that Celebrities could really help out with certain things and that it was OK to ask this of them. He gave an example that one thing a Celebrity couldn't do would be to endorse a specific car model, but that they could endorse the use of a type of technology. Rob also did a good job of laying out some of the common-sensical reasons for endorsing better oil-conserving technologies, including helping in the War Effort. He mentioned President Kennedy's amazing call-to-effort when he promised a man on the moon in 10 years (or was it by the end of the decade?) and said that it would be possible to do the same thing if the goal were energy independence, and that we all know that it's an attainable goal. He received robust applause on that point if I recall correctly."
Tuesday November 17th
2003 - Not much news to report today since ET's web eyes and ears at the show have been
decapitated! You'll just have to wait till the print edition. Here's a
of the culprit, the ShowTimes cover article which got Tai, ET reporter
extraordinaire, unceremoniously booted from the EVS-20 show floor.
Conflict of interest we're led to believe. All that on Mickey's birthday!
—Remy C. Your ET web-host. Oops, spoke too soon...
|It is a little more difficult to report without a badge but I have a job
to do, report to ElectrifyingTimes on EVS-20. Below is a picture of the
Honda FCX refueling from the Air Products mobile hydrogen fueler and a
Air Products hydrogen refueler for
3600psi vehicles. The company with the slick Inductive Power Transfer
Wampfler from Germany. Speaking with Wolfgang Eiche
about their solutions for a moving world made me realize how much closer
pure EVs are to being able to cover vast distances. With their simple
system a person needing to charge an EV simply drives over the inductive
plate in the pavement at a charge station. The picture of the little
yellow box up top is Wampfler's inductive power transfer unit to be
installed in ground. The driver does not even have to leave the vehicle
and within 20 minutes most vehicles could have an 80% charge on their
batteries. With this technology on current and new EVs, and in filling
stations the world over, a consumer who travels by EV could actually make
it a long distance without overnight recharging.
—Tai Robinson, Reporting from the "outside" of EVS-20
Thanks to Toyota and
Edison for taking us back 70 years on the Queen Mary for the Gala event in
Long Beach. Wonderful food, variety of music, entertainers and the
ghooooost tooour! Toyota must be selling a lot of Priuses to have a party
like this! As the evening progressed the open bar took its toll.
Networking proved to be fruitful.
California Motors says they are working
on a hybrid drive train for a Hummer H2. Wouldn't that be nice to have in
your own Green
Hummer Mr. Schwarzenegger? Power, range and lack of emissions!
An addendum to the
Intergalactic Hydrogen proposal to convert Arnold's Hummer may
be in order. Maybe we will even throw in a Fuel Cell APU to showcase a
wide variety of advanced technology! Hold on to your steering wheel Mr.
Governor, the rEVolution has begun.—Tai
Thanks Tai for the terrific job reporting back to us live, despite the slight snag. You helped us put Electrifying Times on the map as the best EVS-20 coverage on the web! Stay tuned for the new ET special print edition, at a newsstand soon near you.—Remy C.
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