Vegas Electric Vehicle Association
|"The worlds transportation
system's transition from internal combustion engines to electric motors
will be like the worlds transition from chamber pots to toilets."
VP Jon Hallquist
Bill Kuehl, founding member of the Las
Vegas Electric Vehicle Association and a true EV pioneer over 30 years,
passed away on Friday, December 6, 2013.
Our next club meeting is
Saturday, March 8th, 2014 10AM at
6625 West Roy Horn Way
Las Vegas, NV 89118
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||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 campus.
|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 Vegas, NV
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
is a mighty man of valor and will always be one of my heros. 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 for his bride when she cares to join him.
will be more than happy to answer your questions or help with your project.
We have quite a number of years of experience in our membership and what
we don't know we will find out. At the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association
our goal is to provide you with the help needed to kick the gasoline habit.
If you have any questions or would like to speak with a club member e-mail
or call Lloyd at 702-524-3233 or Jon at 702-277-7544,