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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.