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Old 10-10-2011, 10:03 AM   #11 (permalink)
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The Milwaukee Electric Car Club now meets the Second Sunday of the month at the Milwaukee Makerspace.

Directions to the space are available at the webpage.

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Old 10-10-2011, 04:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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How did it go Ben? I wanted to be there but I had some family plans. Too bad too, the PHEV kit for the Prius is working great lately.
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Old 10-10-2011, 04:32 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Attendance was pretty good. It was twenty-some folks there.



Out in the parking lot we had:
Brian's Lithium Pickup Truck
Tom L's Lithium El-Camino
Thomas' Electric Leopard (LeCar)
a Kandi Coco (brand new NEV class vehicle)

and 3 electric motorcycles
my Kawasaki
The Sparkster, 60V Harley
and Tony's Lithium Suzuki.

The last vehicle was my favorite. I met Tony at the Detroit Makerfair. He works as an auto tech for Tesla Chicago. He drove up special for the meeting and brought his bike.







The El-Camino (EL-El-Camino!?!?) was sporting new BLUE lithium batteries. What happened to his previous Thunderskys? I asked. They are available for sale. Anyone want to help with donations so I can afford to buy them?! An El-Camino's worth of Thundersky easily equals one electric Geo Metro PLUS one electric motorcycle! It's just a matter of funds! (If you seriously DO want to donate.......VISIT HERE.



I did get to ride Tony's cycle. WOW was that fun. It has the same controller as my cycle, but it's 72V instead of 48 and 450 amps instead of 300. Also, his cycle has higher gearing to take advantage of the increased amp-rating. It's really fun, but I still like the comfort of the "standard" type motorcycle. On the sport bikes, you crouch so far forward, I just can't imagine that being fun for long.

The acceleration and speed on his cycle are GREAT though! I chased him around the parking lot for a little bit with a camera mounted on my cycles handle bars. The best part is at the end, where he twists his throttle the REST of the way, and just takes off!

I have a video of it going up on YouTube soon.


Oh crazy... The way I am viewing this post right now. There is a video ad right under this text. That is NOT my video!
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Old 10-10-2011, 05:06 PM   #14 (permalink)
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OK, here's my video.

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About Tony's cycle. What batteries does he have in there? 40Ah lithium cells should never see anywhere near 450A draw. But if you go with much higher capacity cells and you run out or room fast.
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I have no idea how many amps he actually pulls. When he had the cover off the cycle, I did see that it was an Alltrax AXE 7245 running it.
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The Milwaukee Electric Car Club now meets the Second Sunday of the month at the Milwaukee Makerspace.

Directions to the space are available at the webpage.
I just found this thread, and it turns out I live walking distance from the Milwaukee Marketplace.

I would like to check this out. What time do they meet and do I just show up in the back of the building?

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Old 10-16-2011, 09:23 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Hi Dean!

The Electric Car Club meets on the second Sunday of the Month from 10 am to 3 pm, usually.

Just come on over at that time and say hello!

If you would just like to come see the Makerspace, you can stop in at 7pm on Tuesdays, when they do the meeting, or usually Thursdays at the same time, someone is typically doing some sort of demo.

Just introduce yourself, and say you'd like a tour or learn more, and that you are interested in electric cars.
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