A new chapter of the EV Society of Canada has formed in Northumberland County. 100 km east of Toronto, Northumberland County is south of Peterborough along the north shore of Lake Ontario. It includes the communities of Port Hope, Cobourg, Brighton, Trent Hills, Hamilton Township, Cramahe, and Alnwick- Haldimand. We have over thirty members to start. Our goal is to increase the number of local residents who make their next car an electric one to 10% of all vehicles by 2025 and 30% by 2030.
We have a wealth of local expertise helping our chapter including the Automotive Centre of Excellence [ACE] from Ontario Tech University and several members with experience in advanced EV vehicle development. Watch for guest speakers monthly starting Thurs. Feb. 20th 7 to 9 pm at Venture 13 Innovation Centre Cobourg ON which will be our regular meeting space and time [the third Thursday of the month]. Annual outdoor test driving and EV viewing events will be held in good weather.
Guest Speaker: Steve Lapp P.Eng.
Topic: “Is There an Electric Car in Your Future?” “Options, costs, range, charging, environmental impacts”.
The EV talk:
Steve will present on the economics and greenhouse gas impacts of electric versus fossil fueled cars. He will also address many of the common questions he has fielded about electric cars over the last 8 years as well as recount his 6 years of experience owning a Nissan Leaf.
Steve graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Queen’s University in 1980 and worked for two years to 1982 in the steel industry as a junior engineer at the blast furnaces of Stelco. Through that experience his passion shifted to the environmental side of mechanical engineering and he went back to school and completed an M.Sc. in solar thermal processes in 1985. Over the next twenty years his career covered design engineering and lead engineer roles for transit vehicles with Urban Transportation Development Corp. UTDC; fuel cells and batteries for electric vehicles with Alcan: and as an independent consultant, renewable energy systems for on and off grid in Ontario, Lesotho, India and Jamaica. After teaching part time in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Queen’s University in 2003-2004, in 2005 he was recruited by St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario to develop a program in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering and Technology. In 2018 Steve retired from that role and is continuing his enjoyment of education through presentations to various community and government groups on societal decarbonization and electric vehicles. In 1989 Steve bought his first electric car, and since 2001 has used a hybrid car, grid connected photovoltaics with a solar thermal assisted heat pump home heating system. He purchased his second electric car in 2014. He believes the successful path to global decarbonization is an almost fully electrified world using cost effective energy from renewable energy systems with storage.
Chapter Lead: Doug Vowles
Phone: 905 334 8005
Attention existing members of the Kawartha and Scarborough Chapters - please update your chapter of correspondence to include Northumberland if you wish to continue to receive meeting notifications from this Chapter!