Bill Kuehl, one of the founding members
of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association and a true EV pioneer over
30 years, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2014.
next club meeting is
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 10AM at
6625 West Roy Horn Way
Las Vegas, NV 89118
||Bill was the LVEVA's original President, later serving
as secretary/treasurer and Board of Directors member. He personally
converted over 100 EVs in his lifetime into re-purposed electric
vehicles. He was always willing to help new builders by unselfishly
passing on his knowledge, tools and skills to others. He was the
main driver of the LVEVA EV conversion workshops that were originally
hosted at his house. Most recently, he was helping the students
at Green Valley High School with their BMW EV conversion, that came
out of the LVEVA EV workshop program, as well as co-teaching an
introductory EV conversion class with Evan Eskelson at the CSN Summerlin
As a former Air Force jet mechanic at Nellis Air Force Base, he brought
a lot of practical skills to help anyone with converting to electric vehicles
*In 1985 Bill Kuehl drove his "73" Honda Civic conversion over
100 miles on a single charge. It had a configuration you may not see again;
a 7" Prestolite motor and Russco controller with 16x6-volt and 8x12-volt
deep cycle lead-acid batteries. The 6.3 mile course was set up on the
streets of Santa Clara California. Bill went 16 laps at an average speed
of 25 mph and top speed of 35 mph. We are honored to have him join the
"100-mile-per charge" club this day in Dec 2007; let the record
show that he did it before any of the other members."http://www.grassrootsev.com/100club.htm
He is still a National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) record-holder
with a converted Pontiac Fiero during our "Wicked Watts" competitions
at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the quarter-mile drag race track: http://www.nedra.com/record_holders.html
MC/E Class, Pontiac Fiero 1985 144volts Driver/Owner: William Kuehl. Las
18.494 Seconds 71.11 MPH July 27, 2001
When I worked for Logisystems, learning to "soup up" Curtis
motor-speed controllers for golf carts, Bill was the first person from
from the LVEVA to bring one of his Curtis 1231C controllers from his
full-size electric car for us to work on and get started designing controllers
for larger vehicles. When Logisystems later moved to Texas, they came
out with a product line of 144-volt, 1000-amp full-size controllers
for about two years, based on that early work.
May he rest in perpetual peace.
Article in the Las Vegas Mercury "Kuehl's actually way ahead of
his time--has been ever since 1980 when he converted a gas-drinking
Pinto into an electric chariot." from 2003. It is all about Bill
and it has some good quotes: http://www.lasvegasmercury.com/2003/MERC-Apr-10-Thu-2003/21065755.html
Bill is a mighty man of valor and has been one of my heros for a long
time. As Jesus Christ is our savior I am sure he is riding a pearl white
electric chariot along winding golden roads in Heaven preparing thier
mansion there for his bride when she cares to join him. --Jon
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