Bob Wing - EV Pioneer

 

 Bob Wing - Sacramento ETIC meeting

Bob Wing

EV Pioneer

 

 

PASSING OF A PIONEER by Don McGrath

Bob Wing, a true EV pioneer, passed away Sunday morning, March 17, at his home in Inverness, California. Bob has served the EV cause and the EV community for many years, dating back to the early 1970's. He was a hobbyist, a media correspondent, and an EV consultant, and after his retirement from his job as an executive at Stanford Research Institute, devoted much of his time to his consuming passion, electric vehicles and the environment.

In 1973, Bob acquired a 1959 MGA Roadster for $100. Two nonoperational MGAs had been rebuilt into one semi-operational gas car. Over the course of the next 27 years, the car, which Bob converted in 1973, underwent many metamorphoses, including installation of Optima YT batteries, various battery equalization devices, a ZAPI regen controller, and a Zivan Smoother.

In 1979 the Wings moved to Oregon, where Bob continued his crusade. Shortly after arriving in Oregon, Bob showed his MGA at the 1979 Seattle Environmental Faire for 6 days, also appearing on a half-hour radio interview.

He organized the Salem, OR chapter of EAA and later founded additional chapters in Portland, Albany-Corvalis, and Medford.

In 1982 the Wings returned to California, settling in Inverness, CA , at the Point Reyes National Seashore and adjacent to Tomales Bay State Park. They returned to California with three EVs.

Bob established the North Bay Chapter of the EAA, in which he was active for many years. The MGA was again displayed at the Silicon Valley EAA '96 Rally at Stanford University, where it garnered the award of "Best Classic Car." As a media correspondent, Bob attended many EV Conferences, including various EVS (International Electric Vehicle Symosium) meetings, and wrote many articles for journals such as EV News, EAA Current EVents, and Electrifying Times.

The MGA in 1999 went to Dean Grannes, after which Bob leased an EV Ranger from Ford Motor Company. The Ranger lease was recently transferred to Chuck Hammond of Santa Rosa when Bob no longer had the physical strength and energy to drive it.

Bob was a fine gentleman, and his leadership, dedication, and conviction was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Bob is survived by his wife, Margot. Condolances may be addressed to her at P.O. Box 277, CA 94937-0277.

 

 

 

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Bob Wing with a grandson in MGA EV at Inverness, Point Reyes, CA - about 1987.

  Bob Wing giving a ride in his MGA EV - late '80s

Bob Wing giving a friend's children a ride in his red MGA EV near beautiful Tomales Bay (Point Reyes) in Marin County, CA - late 1980s.

  Bob Wing with fellow EV'ers at EVS12 in Anaheim, CA

Bob Wing (center) with fellow EV'ers at EVS12 in Anaheim, CA - late 1994.

Bob Wing standing next to the Villa Helena Winery Corbin Sparrow in the late 1990s. This "Sparrow on Steroids" was built by Peter Senkowsky, had batteries provided by Don McGrath (former owner of Villa Helena Winery), and was sponsored by the NBEAA for the May 1999 drag races at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, CO. The vehicle was capable of turning a 14-sec 1/4-mile.

  Bob Wing charging his Ford Ranger EV at It's Electric

Bob Wing charges his production Ford Ranger EV truck at It's Electric in San Rafael in the late 1990s. Bob demonstrated the use of a special adapter box (in front of tire) to adapt the Ranger's Avcon charging port to a standard NEMA 14-50 240V outlet in the panel at left.

Ford Ranger EV driver's page (not a Ford site)

EV Ranger Test Drive by Chuck Hursch

  From right, Bob Wing with Don McGrath and Bill Moore

From right, Bob Wing with Don McGrath and Bill Moore (EV World) at the ETIC meeting in Sacramento, CA, December 2001.

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