Hello, my name is Stan. I have a somewhat diverse background.
My education includes a BS in Geology and an MS in Civil Engineering.
I served in the US Navy as a mechanical repair and security type; then
worked in the field on bridge and building construction. Subsequently
I was an exploration geophysicist, helping to find and produce oil and
Other work has included planning and design work. I have completed 2D
and 3D designs for levees, roads, concrete structures, coffer dams and the
like using Auto Cad and Microstation. Part of that work included restoration
project planning, design, and construction. I am retired from that line of work.
About this Site
EVsRoll is a site about transportation and effects. The site
hopes to convey a need for transport to evolve from oil power
to other forms of transport, and how to make the change.
The goal of the EVsRoll site is to present the problems of industrialized transport and solutions offered by traditional
and advanced technologies.
Working through the site, the reader moves from the history of transport electrification to current electric vehicles. Transport costs are covered, EV charging basics, the future of the EV, gas mileage for the conventional car, car pollution facts, energy storage updates and other topics important to the EV have been researched and summarized for the reader.
EV and Related Work
I have long been a cyclist, riding one of the first 10 speed bikes in the US back in 1968, racing some in college, and touring and commuting all the while. The Guamanians knew me as the only guy riding around the island in 1975. 1976 found me with no car and commuting around the Bay Area by bike...one of the few back then. Now bikes are all over the place there.
We owned and worked a 40 acre homestead where we built a structure by hand to live in as well as irrigation and other structures. Being remote, and off the grid, we needed power. This started our long association with alternative energy in the form of solar panels and batteries.
In the meantime, having a family we needed transport. We had the requisite cars, trucks, trailers, and motorcycles...about 30 in all. I learned to fix them out of necessity.
After reading Science News for years, it became apparent that climate change was for real. Personal observation of air quality and water resource issues related to sea level rise convinced me that fossil fuel transport was functional but needed to be improved on.
Then there was the resource end of transport. Oil and gas reserves and use figures did not balance well. The oil supply future looked low compared to barrels burned.
In 2003 I completed a DIY EV car as possible practical family transport. The Ohmsmobile as it was called worked well within a limited range. Hauling 2 dogs and 2 kids required both power and range. This was difficult to obtain back in the day using Pb-Acid batteries. We review the reasons why on the DIY pages.
Today we are getting around on the most efficient EVs on the planet - ebikes. Our DIY ebikes presently substitute for one vehicle and can not be beat for around town chores. We walk, bike, take transit and ebike around whenever possible. We encourage you to do the same. If DIY is not for you, there are plenty of manufactured EVs to choose from.