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"It is of enormous importance because of the shortage of gasoline. Portable power plants are necessary. Portable power plants mean portable fuel. But liquid fuel from the earth is limited in quantity. Coal is also limited, practically; we have enough for perhaps a hundred years, but then what? Water power is inexhaustible. With water power to make electricity and an efficient means of storing that energy by a battery, we can be independent of gasoline for many purposes for which it is now used. The enormous increase in the use of electric wagons, trucks, and pleasure cars, equipped with these batteries, clearly shows the trend of the future."
-- Thomas Alva Edison, 1924, writing on the Edison (nickel iron) battery
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Example BC Strata Charging By-Laws Drafted
Jul 29, 2016 - To facilitate the adoption of EV charging in BC stratas, VEVA and multiple levels of government have drafted over several months a set of strata bylaws that might eventually be incorporated into the Strata Act. These example bylaws have been through several revisions by EV advocacy groups and have passed legal reviews. Strata corporations can avail themselves to this resource to act as a guide in handling resident charging requests. (more ...)

Electric Cars in BC Now Qualify for HOV Lanes
Mar 2, 2016 - CTVnews - Drivers who go plug-in electric in B.C. are about to get the green light to travel the province's high occupancy vehicle lanes regardless of occupancy requirements. (Read why this makes sense)The HOV changes are part of series of vehicle emission initiatives, including almost $7 million to fund more electric vehicle charging stations and to encourage people to buy electric vehicles.B.C.'s Clean Energy Vehicle program includes point-of-sale incentives of up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of new battery-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The potential saving could rise to $8,250 when combined with vehicle scrap incentives. B.C. has spent $31 million in its Clean Energy Vehicle program over the past five years. There are more than 2,300 clean energy vehicles on the road in B.C. See Official Release which contains details on how to apply for your sticker and the followup (more ...)

Provincial Funds Available for Red Seal Electricians to Take EVITP
Jan 21, 2016 - To support the expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and increase sales of EVs the Province is providing $50,000 to help certified electricians receive training in the installation and maintenance of EV charging stations via the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program. (more ...)

E-Mazing Race 2015 Gets Underway
Apr 16, 2015 - It's not a timed race to finish. It's a unique social phenomenon. Participants with EVs register and download a free app. During the period May 27 - June 24 racers post car selfies at Sun Country Highway Charging stations found all over North America. Official launch is on May 27 from the EV2015VE Tradeshow, Halifax, NS. (more ...)

How far out can I go on a partial charge? How long does it take to charge?
Nov 25, 2014 - Here's a quick way to find out how far you can roam round trip on a single charge. The example map shows a radius of 32 km centered at BCIT. This represents the reasonable range of a Nissan Leaf starting out with an 80% charge and with climate controls in full operation. Although the stated range of the car is 160 km, we have assumed a conservative 80 km, accounting for routing, hills and cabin climate control usage. We also assume no charging at all en route. If you do recharge en route, the Level 2 recharge time for the one-way 32 km trip is 1.5+ hours at 3.6 kW input (pre-2013 models) and 1 hour at 5.7 kW (2013 and newer models) and the energy cost is about 60 cents at 11 cents per kWh. (more ...)

Port Moody Couple Forced to Move Because of Strata Ruling
Sep 3, 2014 - A Port Moody couple has been forced to move after their building’s strata corporation refused to let them charge their electric car, even though an electric outlet was right next to their parking stall. (more ...)

Plugged in with Electric Cars
May 30, 2014 - Watershed Sentinel - Electric cars have all the right stuff when it comes to being green, but there's also the running cost - a small fraction that of gas. And quick enough to put high-end gas drivers in their place! (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Nov 15, 7pm,
Location: TBA
Agenda: TBA
Last Meeting - City of Vancouver’s EV Ecosystem Strategy (Ian Neville, City of Vancouver); ReCharged: Bringing you free EV charging (Morgan Maryk, CEO, ReCharged)
Members Note: Meeting audio is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.

Past Meetings

Events Calendar
Community EVents
See complete calendar here
  •  Sat Oct 29   (11am-2pm)
    The Electric Vehicle Pop-Up Experience - Engage, Educate, Invite.
    Location: Vancouver, Olympic Village Square
    Sponsor: City of Vancouver
    Admission: free
    Contact: Bruce Stout at 604-929-6782
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In EVs using heat is a problem isn't it? Actually, gas cars always generate heat, whether you need it or not. Fully every 2 out of 3 litres of gas you burn goes to making heat, with 1 litre going to propulsion. You're paying a lot of money to heat the cabin, and the other 3/4 of the year you are warming our climate some more.

EV Related Forums
Join an growing online community of EVers! Browse these forums and get involved. There are a lot of projects for bikes, cars, batteries, charging and more with knowledge you can apply to your own projects!
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A 1912 Production Electric Car
Shown above is VEVA's 1912 Detroit Electric. This car was owned by Mrs. Florence French of Victoria, BC from 1912 till the 1950s. It was driven regularly until the mid-1950s. Electric cars were popular with the ladies due to the ease of starting, quietness and smoke-free cleanliness. The original Nickel-Iron batteries were replaced in the late 1990s because the cases were deteriorated - but they still worked fine! View a photo of the Detroit at home in the Stave Falls BC Hydro powerhouse museum, also built in 1912! It's near Mission, BC at 31338 Dewdney Trunk Road. Call ahead at 604-462-1222 for hours.

2012 Production Electric Cars

The Nissan Leaf
As of 2012, 100 years after the Detroit Electric rolled off the assembly line, The Nissan LEAF electric car is now in production in the Japan, the USA and the EU. As of 2013, it is the world's best selling electric car. The LEAF has a real-world range of 100-160 km, depending on road conditions and driving style. With charging stations being installed at a great rate starting in 2012, including some planned Level 3 chargers which provide an adequate charge from empty in less than an hour, this is the pure electric with the most promise for the masses.

Pikes Peak: Electric Is Here To Stay
Jun 26, 2016 - Veteran Rhys Millen drove his Latvian Electric Drive eO PP100 to a second place finish and a new electric record with a time of 8:57 in the 2016 running of the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. Despite spinning out and coming to a complete stop, he managed to finish within 5.5 seconds of the race winner. We note that 3 of the top 5 finishers were battery electric cars. A major factor in favour of electric drive is the fact that the cars burning fuel produce less power as oxygen becomes rarified at 14,000 ft.
Of interest is the Tesla P90D entry that was prepped by removing 800 lbs of interior and with airbags removed. Its time of 10:48 placed it 64th in a field of 77 finishers and set a new record for the electric production class. The Tesla had exactly half the power and torque and almost twice the weight of the Rhys Millen car.
Nissan ran a stock Leaf in 2011 and set a time of 14:33 which was better than some modified internal combustion engined cars.
Race results are posted here. (more ...)

FIA Formula E Series 2015
Jun 12, 2015 - Formula E is a new FIA-sanctioned motorsport featuring purpose-built electric single-seat cars racing on street circuits in the heart of some of the world’s most famous cities. London will be a sellout in this inaugural season. Ten teams with two drivers each will race in 10 world cities. Each event comprises practice, qualifying and the race itself - all on a single Saturday! Each driver will use two cars in the main race, due to limitations in current battery technology. All teams will use the same car in this first year from Spark racing, which takes the motor from the McLaren P1, 28 kWh in batteries from Williams, a chassis from Dallara and tires from Michelin with a 200 kWh limit. In a nod to the connected age, fans will be able to vote online ahead of time to provide extra bursts of energy to their favourite drivers.More info (more ...)

Low Gas Prices Can't Hold Back EV Sales
Jan 10, 2015 - fool.com - If you thought low gas prices could kill the electric vehicle revolution, the industry's record sales in December will come as a big surprise. According to InsideEVs, 12,874 EVs were sold in the U.S. during December, more than any month in history. This comes as gas prices were plunging toward $2 per gallon. (more ...)

Solar Powered Bakery in Germany
Nov 15, 2014 - In the town of Hilden, near Dusseldorf Germany, is a Bakery that uses Photo Voltaic Solar modules to generate the electricity to bake bread and charge Battery Powered cars. Roland Schüren is the name of the 4th Generation Baker and the new Bakery that was built in 2012 has Photo Voltaic Modules on the building roof and more PV Modules on the parking structure in front of the Bakery. (more ...)

Norway has 27 Times the EVs Per Capita as BC
Jun 12, 2014 - Think BC has a lot of electric cars? Well, northern Washington State with a similar population has about 8 times more. And just look at Norway. With 15% more population, it has a staggering 31 times more EVs on the road than BC! $5 billion a year leaves the BC economy from the motor fuel we all pay for. Norway has a surplus, and 10 times as many charging stations. Click the link to read the compelling story in BCSEA News. (more ...)

BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid May Be Close to Production
Apr 5, 2014 - BMW's concept X5 lithium-ion battery gives the SUV a pure-electric range of up to 30 km (19 miles) and speeds of up to 120 km/h. (more ...)

Nissan LEAF Makes Debut in South Africa
Nov 22, 2013 - Epitomising the brand’s slogan of ‘Innovation that Excites’, the Nissan LEAF made its South African debut at the Johannesburg International Motor Show in October 2013, going on sale to the public at the same time. See also (more ...)

Graphene Supercaps Near Production, to Rival Lead Acid Battery Volumetric Energy Density
Sep 5, 2013 - By using a process similar to traditional paper-making, researchers have been able to fashion large graphene sheets with electrolyte built-in. Since graphene is only one atom thick, the surface area is thousands of square meters per gram. Supercaps using this process will have an energy density of 60 Wh/l which is 1/3 the density of lithium cells. However, it will retain 90% of its capacitance after 50,000 cycles, and holds 90% of its charge after 2 weeks. Power density is at least an order magnitude higher than the best lithium chemistry. We could all have 1000 hp EVs. (more ...)


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