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bennelson 01-08-2009 05:55 PM

Milwaukee Electric Car Club (Running EVent!)
Hi everyone!

There will be an electric car club meeting Milwaukee.
This is a joint meeting of the SE Wisconsin chapter of the Electric Automobile Association and the informal Milwaukee EV building club.

Date: Saturday, January 17

Time: 10:00AM Ė 1:00pm.

Address: 6630 W. Coldspring Rd.
Greenfield, WI 53220

Tom Gralewicz's and a great group of Milwaukee guys have been getting together for the past few months helping each other convert their gas powered cars to all electric. Tom has generously volunteered his house for the next EV meeting where the group currently is working on converting Tomís neon to all electric. We will also have a show and tell of a recently converted Geo Metro and Chevy S10, as well as a classic manufactured electric Citicar.

If you are at all interested in electric cars or sustainable transportation, please attend the meeting.
Hope you all can make it and please forward this on to anybody that you think might be interested.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

We have also been doing "build days", which have usually been every other Sunday. The idea is just to get together to share parts, tools, and skills to build electric vehicles. It's too much fun!

-Ben Nelson

bennelson 01-17-2009 04:41 PM

We had great turn out at the Electric Auto Association meeting!

Thanks to everyone who could make it!

Unforgiven 01-18-2009 09:43 AM


Bart_75_Midget 01-22-2009 05:40 PM

Crap I missed it.

Ben , couls you let me know the next time that there is a meeting?
I'd like to go. I could maybe convince My ( our ) friend Marty to come along.


bennelson 01-28-2009 04:28 PM

Hey Bart,

Then next build day is this coming Sunday. Same location as listed at the begining of this thread.

I private messaged you all the details.


bennelson 02-02-2009 11:24 AM

The next meeting should be

Sunday, Feb 15th, 2009 in Milwaukee at Tom's (same location as listed above)

Daox 02-02-2009 11:31 AM

It is a pretty good time guys. If you're in the area come and have some fun. Bring your projects, come and help others with theirs, or just talk about the crazy ideas you have floating in your head!

bennelson 02-12-2009 10:32 PM

Next Meeting: Sunday February 1st 10am till 2pm Tom G's House

There should be a Pizza Delivery Cushman there for us to figure how to convert to electric!!!

brjan 02-07-2011 07:57 PM

Wisconsin Electric Vehicle Registration
Good to see the Milwaukee Electric Car Club, my father and I are looking into buying a used electric vehicle or building one but are not finding much information or requirements and state law on being able to register one. It would be a small truck or small auto, can you pass along if the state has issues with registering an electric vehicle or a website that states Wisconsin's requirements. Thanks

bennelson 02-07-2011 09:39 PM

The state of Wisconsin pretty much DOESN'T HAVE ANY LAWS about electric vehicles.

The only one there is is about NEVs. I am assuming that you want a faster than 25 mile per hour vehicle. (Even if you didn't, I think that a low voltage conversion of a small gas car would be better/cheaper than buying an NEV.)

In Wisconsin, if you convert a gas car to electric, it will still be treated just as the gas car. The only things to watch out for are:

Insurance: Check with your agent first. Not a big deal though.

Emissions Testing: If you are in part of the state where there are emissions tests, you will have to get a manual exemption from that. It's not a big deal, it's just a trick to find the right person to talk to. I have the correct contact info for the Milwaukee area.

Electric motorcycles, scooters, and bikes also make great first-time conversions. They are fun and a little simpler to convert than a car.

If you get either COLLECTOR or HOBBYIST plates, you only have to pay the plate fee once, with no annual registration fee. In this case, you would need HOBBYIST plates, as the vehicle is "significantly modified". It's the same class that hot-rods fall in to.

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