HIGH-PERFORMANCE ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO BE DISCUSSED AT MAKERSPACE MEETING
SPARKS, NV―November 7, 2011―Reno Bridgewire, a non-profit maker- and hacker-space community workshop located in Sparks, will host the Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada (EAANN) at its weekly Open Space Night on Thursday, November 10th beginning at 6:00pm.
Reno now has an exciting collaborative community owned makerspace, which is modeled after hackerspaces, where young and old alike have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects.
"The EAANN is very excited to meet the folks at Reno Bridgewire makerspace this week," said EAANN co-chair Bob Tregilus. "Our electric car club members have been searching for a collaborative workspace where they may experiment with and convert gas powered cars to electric, and perhaps even build an electric dragster!"
Reno based electrical engineering consultant, Tom Wicker, will discuss how he converted his gas powered 2001 Suzuki Swift into a 100 percent electric vehicle (EV). Wicker's Swift'E' conversion―which will be on hand along with other area EVs―is a fully functional daily commuter car with a top speed of 90mph and a range of over 60 miles at highway speeds. Charged solely by sunlight, Wicker has been commuting around northern Nevada for over two years in his electric Swift'E'.
Also scheduled to be discussed is the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) where members convert gas powered cars to EVs that are able to outperform most conventional dragsters.
The public is encourage to attend this free meeting where they'll learn about makerspaces as well as DIY electric drive transportation.