Cape Girardeau is generally thought of – when it's thought of at all – as a modest Missouri town on a slow bend in the Mississippi river. For five days beginning September 21st however, it will become the center of the electric car conversion universe as Jack Rickard and his "compadre and consigliore" Brian Noto of EVTV host the Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCcon).

What began as an idea for a get together of a handful of EV guys has mushroomed into a veritable electric convertapalooza after receiving a lot of interest from their international audience. Instead of a few guys hunkering down in the EVTV garage, a hundred or so enthusiasts will now be gathering at Jack's aircraft hanger for an itinerary of wide-ranging activities that includes a keynote address by Chris Paine, the filmmaker behind Who Killed The Electric Car and Revenge of the Electric Car and a screening of that latter title.

Festivities kick off for the early birds with a tour of the EVTV garage and a look at their growing fleet of electrics, which includes three classic Porsche replicas, a MINI Clubman and the Ford Cobra replica they are currently building. The following few days will be filled with information sessions, featuring speakers such as George Hamstra of NetGain Motors and Sebastien Bourgeois of Rebirth Auto and EVnetics, as well as auto-centric events including an open-to-the-public quarter-mile drag racing and autocross competition.

They'll also be announcing the winner of their $20,000 EV component give-away contest (you can read about the 10 finalists and put in your own vote here). Throw in lots of good food, some adult beverages (in moderation, thanks) and an armada of visiting lithium-powered vehicles and you have a happening conference well worth the price of entry. Check out their website for a complete run down of the schedule and, if this sounds like your kind of a good time, registration form. Official press release awaits after the break.

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PRESS RELEASE

EVTV ANNOUNCES THE FIRST ANNUAL EVENT FOR THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONVERSION INDUSTRY

Cape Girardeau, Missouri – EVTV, producers of the highly successful weekly "Friday Show", announced the Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCcon) to be held in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, September 21 – 25, 2011.

Originally proposed as a small gathering of EVTV viewers, the concept grew into more of a convention within two weeks of the announcement due to the number of early registrants. Currently three days of continuous educational sessions are planned with speakers on battery chemistries, charging techniques, controllers, motors and drive train, instrumentation, weight and balance considerations and more.

"I guess it just wanted to happen" said Jack Rickard, producer of the popular weekly video, the Friday Show. "We mentioned it in one of the videos and immediately received registrations from New Zealand, Europe, and all over the U.S. At this point, we're planning for 400-500 attendees and about 100 cars."

Chris Paine, producer of "Who Killed The EV" will be a featured speaker. George Hamstra of Netgain Motors will keynote the event with a presentation on Future Trends in Transportation.

Over 100 electric vehicle builders have signed up for the event already with some 29 vehicles on the roster as of August 1st. As such, it already looks like the largest convention of electric vehicle conversions ever assembled.

The convention will also feature events open to the general public and free of charge: an East Coast Electric Drag Racing Association sanctioned 1/4 –mile electric vehicle drag race and Sports Car Club of America Solo autocross on Friday and a car show at Capaha Park on Saturday afternoon.

"We're excited to have the racing and car show components as part of the event" remarked Brian Noto, Friday Show co-host. "We've also just announced a $2,500 "winner take all" purse for the drag racing event, which should bring out some of the fastest EVs in the country."


About EVTV:

EVTV produces the weekly "Friday Show" an independent and fresh perspective for the enthusiast EV community: professional converters, niche manufacturers, University build teams, and enthusiast builders. EVTV has a focus on the conversion of existing classic and custom cars to electric drive and the entrepreneurial development of new vehicle forms with a very hands-on how-to format.

For more information, visit http://evtv.me.

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