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Re: [EVDL] EV Digest, Vol 43, Issue 1

My suggestion is for Every EV affirmative person to write a little HANDWRIT=
TEN note to their state and federal reps, governors and President for Valen=
tines day. Handwritten because they rate highest in credibility. the Mes=
sage? your own words are the best but "equal rights for all EVs" or If "=
we" =

I don't shop where I can't charge.
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Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:42:16 -0600
From: Lee Hart <[email protected]>
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K O wrote:
> Agreed! So far the most likely energy for forming such a "trade
> organization" comes from, from my point of view, is NEDRA. They have
> a rule book for drag racing EVs. AS EVs become production main
> stream, the technical competition will get focused on the racetrack
> alongside gassers.

NEDRA has possibilities; also the EAA and even the EVAA as you mentioned.

The problem is that all of these groups are highly specialized. They =

appeal to a small sliver of EV drivers, and so do not represent the =

majority of EV drivers. No organization does!

It seems like any given special interest group needs to be threatened =

until its members feel that they *must* act or be crushed. You see this =

in the formation of the Experimental Aircraft Association, which formed =

because commercial interests were basically out to ban private aircraft. =

You also see it in the American Radio Relay League, when commercial =

broadcasters sought to make amateur radio illegal.

Today, I think the vested interests (oil and auto industries) are far =

more subtle. That makes them more dangerous. For example, here in =

Minnesota, they passed a law a couple years ago that allowed NEVs on the =

state's highways. But sneaked into that law was a provision that =

"homebuilt NEVs can not be registered." Bang; you're dead! No more =

low-speed hobby EVs.

Similarly, when Ford and GM wrote the rules for charging EVs in the 1997 =

NEC, they made sure it required their own proprietary charging systems. =

Technically, almost all of our home charging installations violate code! =

It's only because the code is so poorly enforced that we can get away =

with it.

But what's going to happen if GM or Nissan decides that home EVs are =

threating their EV business? They will lobby for tighter enforcement of =

these existing codes. We're going to hear fear mongering, and loud calls =

(with big campaign contributions) to ban anything but "approved" =

charging. And, they will make darned sure that hobby EVs can't use =

"their" chargers.

What I fear is that some law will be pushed through, under the radar, =

that effectively bans home-built and small company EVs. It will be a =

fact before the EV community even starts to respond. By then, it may be =

too late! It would take millions of dollars of lobbying and a major =

concerted effort of thousands of people to change it!

> I understand why Clare Bell writes SciFi about cats, after working
> with engineers ;-}

Thanks for my laugh of the day! :)

But I do find cats and engineers to be highly rational and self =

consistent. They have their own internal rules, and they follow them. =

The key to getting them to do something is to understand what is =

motivating them, and work *with* it.
-- =

Lee A. Hart | Ring the bells that still can ring
814 8th Ave N | Forget the perfect offering
Sartell MN 56377 | There is a crack in everything
leeahart | That's how the light gets in -- Leonard C=


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