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Ever since lithium batteries first became available to the general public, the popularity of converting gas-powered cars to run on electricity has been on the rise. This is something we can get behind, since not only does recycling previously-manufactured vehicles make environmental sense, it's also great to see classic automotive metal get a new, improved lease on life.

Over the past few years, EVTV has been at the forefront of this pastime, offering up a wealth of information – gained from doing actual conversions, battery and component testing – each week on its Friday Show. More recently, it's become a reliable source for EV components as well.

Now, for the third time in as many years, it is again hosting the Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCCON) in Cape Girardeau, MO. For six days, from August 6-11, EVTV principal Jack Rickard and friends will mix an electric kool-aid cocktail of epic proportions from activities that include a series of educational sessions, a Sports Car Club of America Solo autocross and Nedra-sanctioned 1/8th-mile drag race, topped off with a car show and parade.

We are especially interested in the as-yet-unfinished 21-window Samba Bus.

Among the thirty-plus electron-sipping vehicles expected to be on hand (including Rickard's freshly-delivered Tesla Model S Performance), we are especially interested in a few of the Volkswagen variety.

Besides a pair of V-Dub Thing convertibles – one prepared by EVTV, the other by viewer and video contributor Jeff Southern – that will offer a nice compare and contrast of build approaches, there will be an as-yet-unfinished 21-window Samba Bus. You can hear about the story behind this vehicle and what makes it so unique and awe-inspiring here and then scroll on down for the official press release along with a lengthy video montage of last year's event.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLE TELEVISION (EVTV) TO HOLD THIRD ANNUAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONVERSION CONVENTION (EVCCON) IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Cape Girardeau, Mo. – EVTV, producers of the highly successful weekly "Friday Show", will host its Third Annual Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCCON) in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Aug 6-11, 2013.

This year the conference will be held at the A.C. Brase Arena, 410 Kiwanis Dr., in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The 2013 agenda, like the previous year's, features three days of continuous educational sessions with speakers on battery chemistries, charging techniques, controllers, motors and drive trains, instrumentation, weight and balance considerations and more.

The conference was originally conceived as a small gathering of EVTV viewers, but the concept grew into a full-blown convention within two weeks of the inaugural event's announcement due to the number of early registrations.

"EVCCON 2011 and EVCCON 2012 have been great events. We're building on the previous year's successes and momentum. This show just wanted to happen... again and again," said "Friday Show" producer Jack Rickard of the event that drew people from around the world to a small town in Southeast Missouri.

"Friday Show" co-host, Brian Noto, calls the response to EVCCON events "phenomenal" attracting even wider interest in the 2013 event.

"Last year's event featured nearly 150 attendees and speakers from around the world, including Canada, Australia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexico. Thirty-one of the United States was represented and nearly 40 attendees brought their vehicles," Noto said, recently.

Over 110 electric vehicle builders have signed up for the event already with some 30-plus vehicles on the roster as of July 8. As such, the event again looks like the largest convention of custom electric vehicle conversions ever assembled.

The convention also features spectator events that are free and open to the general public: a 1/8–mile electric vehicle drag race and Sports Car Club of America Solo autocross Friday, August, 9, from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Cape Girardeau Airport. Saturday features a car show at Cape Girardeau's Arena Park from 1 to 4 p.m. culminating with an electric vehicle parade through the streets of town.

About EVTV:

EVTV produces the weekly "Friday Show" an independent and fresh perspective for the EV enthusiast community: professional converters, niche manufacturers, university build teams, and enthusiast builders. EVTV focuses 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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      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      The key to DIY making a difference is neat cost effective parts. So far it's an expensive mismatched mess.
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        I agree, there aren't any 'kits' that contain everything but the wires. Each component is evolving, but where is a good wiring diagram that shows how everything goes together, and a good parts list to know what I need to buy? It also needs to be shown that there is a 'easy' option for people who don't need all the engineering details to make it work and mount all the parts.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        You might find it odd that I quite agree with you GP. We're working on it every day. It is our number one challenge at this point to try to locate, kill, and drag home quality EV components and integrate them into usable products to make it easier. I think we are winning. I think that because of the hundreds of builds we are seeing now of in many cases astonishing quality, in place of the "elektrojunk" we were seeing so commonly two years ago. We used to be leading edge with our builds. Now I'm ashamed to open my hood at my own car show. The build quality has just improved heroically over the last year or two. But the component pricing and level of finish and detail are a constant battle. We work it every day. And I think we'll get there over time. The advantage of DIY is you get YOUR car YOUR way. You know how it works and you can change it on whim. The OEM cars are a great contribution. Just received my Model S. But I'm driving Elon's car there Elon's way. If there's something I don't like about it, I can always send e-mail to a no-reply box or grouse about it in an ignored forum. They even promised an SDK. It never happened. Proprietary technology in a proprietary car. Elon's car. DIY it's my car. If I want to drive 90% SOC, they're my batteries and I can do that. If I want to drive in reverse down the freeway, my car, my way. If my neck gets tired, I turn the seat 180 and I'm going forward again. My car. My way. Building an electric car conversion and subsequently driving it is one of the most personally satisfying experiences I've ever had. We're working to make it easier. But it also needs to be flexible and accommodate the creative ideas of the builders. Jack Rickard http://www.EVTV.me
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Still waiting on you to show the world how it's done ;)
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        You can buy everything you need from EVTV.... I know because I did... www.EVThing.me
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      The guys at EVTV are literally trying to change the world.... They offer specific examples on how to do this with true to live issues and solutions. You get the factual information you need in an entertaining way. (OK Jack's battery test are a cure for insomnia) I found EVCONN 2012 to be a great event. I am going again this year bringing my newly converted 1974 VW Thing to the show. (www.EVThing.me) The information from the show was invaluable to me in doing the conversion. I know how to restore old cars, but the information on EVTV about the batteries, controllers, motors, DC-DC converters is excellent. Jack knows more about these Li batteries than almost all of the so called experts. It was also nice to buy components and actually have them shipped to me without the threat of a lawsuit... The best part about building you own EV is that you get to do it your way.... Many people here seem to have strong opinions on how it should be done or what it wrong with the current offerings. It would be interesting to see what they would come up with...
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where's Ray, our 'good ol' boy EV superhero ? It might be thought that with the advent of so many EV's becoming available from OEM's, that the impulse to build your own, might diminish. In fact DYI'ers are still very active, and like customizers, hotrodders and restorers, I wish them the best of luck and many hours of enjoyment with this rewarding hobby.
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marcopolo
        Why??? People have been building and customizing their ICE cars for many years... There is a little trade show called SEMA that shows a lot of this stuff....
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very cool, wish i could be there. I miss living in Portland, OR. They had a monthly EV meet up for both the EV car community and the electric bicycle community out there. Out here in Utah, we have diddly squat. I know absolutely nobody here who DIYs.. :(
        tgintz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        I didn't realize you lived here! Do you ever visit 2WM?
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is super cool. These guys at EVTV are definitely doing something different. Their perspective on vehicles is absolutely phenomenal. Thanks guys!