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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 ...)

Richmond Ev User Aims To Charge Others Up
Mar 10, 2016 - Richmond News - John Roston, an adjunct professor at the McGill University Schulich School of Music is a Nissan leaf owner in Richmond who has started a website called PlugInRichmond.ca. Presently, there are 26 charging stations in Richmond. There were about 2,400 EVs in B.C. as of mid-2015. ICBC records show only 76 EVs in Richmond, as of December 2014. (more ...)

Government Initiative Needed to Boost Electric Vehicle Use
Jul 15, 2015 - SFU Communications - Canadians want electric vehicles but governments need to help support the market, according to a team of Simon Fraser University researchers. The team has found more than one third of Canadian buyers want an electric vehicle — particularly a plug-in hybrid like the Chevrolet Volt. However, less than one per cent of vehicle sales in Canada are electric because of low consumer awareness and limited vehicle choice. The researchers hope that policymakers and politicians will take note of their two recent studies, as discussions on climate change ramp up locally and globally. (more ...)

EVs Can Now Range in Southern BC
Dec 12, 2014 - With some planning, it's now possible to drive much of the lower mainland, Whistler and Vancouver Island in a typical small EV such as the Nissan Leaf. Currently, the southern Interior can be done in the longer range Tesla plug-in because of new Tesla Superchargers in Hope. The shorter range EVs will have to wait for the imminent installation of a fast charger on the Coquilhalla Highway. (more ...)

EVSE Usage Statistics Released
Oct 6, 2014 - Data from 353 stations installed under the recent provincial Community Charging Infrastructure Fund have been tallied and we have had 45,455 charge events that have saved 106,000 litres of fuel and avoided the production of 255,000 kg of CO2. Green Car Reports Summary. For detailed data, see Fleetcarma link (more ...)

SFU's BC Plug-in Vehicle Owners’ Survey
Jun 25, 2014 - SFU's School of Resource Environmental Management begins a study July 2014 on how production EV owners in BC use and charge their vehicles. The surveys are all online and also include a 7-day diary. Participants will receive a $50 VISA Gift Card. Invitation (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Sept 20, 7pm,
Location: Metro Vancouver Offices, Metrotown office tower
Agenda: BC Green leader speaks, VEVA Strategic Plan, Emotive outreach update
Last Meeting - Michael Webb, worked with the City of Vancouver to suggest solutions for people who do not have a garage for home charging. He did an overview of EVs and charging, with reference to other cities that have provisions for reserved street parking for homeowners with EVs, and showed a provision for running power cabling under sidewalks.
Brad Badelt, Senior Sustainability Specialist with the City of Vancouver is researching residential and commercial curbside EV charging options based on what other cities are doing, and the city plans to launch a pilot program.
Members Note: Meeting audio is placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


Past Meetings

Events Calendar
Community EVents
See complete calendar here
  •  Sat Sep 24   (10-4)
    RiverFest
    Location: New Westminster, Westminster Quay Boardwalk
    Admission: free     [Link]
  •  Sun Sep 25
    BC Rivers Day
    Location: Langley
    Admission: free     [Link]
  •  Wed Sep 28   (9:30-4)
    Clean Technology Expo
    Location: Surrey, Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Avenue
    Admission: free     [Link]
  •  Sat Oct 8
    Cranberry Festival
    Location: Fort Langley
    Admission: free     [Link]
Other Event Links ...

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EV FAQt
Why EVs? - owners like starting off in the morning with a full tank
- owners feel good about paying about $2 per 100 km
- people hate stopping at gas stations (there go the new shoes you wanted)
- people want cars that are distinctive, well built and safe
- people would like better performance at the stoplight
- people are getting increasingly concerened about the environment - it is now taught at an early age

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 ...)

Union of Concerned Scientists Find EVs Much Cleaner in All Jurisdictions
Nov 27, 2015 - It used to be that EVs were cleaner than gas cars over their lifecycle only in the majority of states, but not all states. However, power producers have been cleaning up their act and, based on new 2012 data, EVs are now cleaner in every state. A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists says it all. (more ...)

Top 10 reasons why people love the electric car
Apr 25, 2015 - Here are the top 10 reasons why so many people are falling in love with an electric car—and let’s make it personal, speaking directly to the object of our affections .... (more ...)

BYD Shows a 170-mile Articulated Bus at Public Transportation Expo in Houston
Dec 27, 2014 - BYD batteries have a useful life of 27 years, about twice the life span of an average bus. The bus can hold up to 120 passengers and the stated range is with full climate control in operation. (more ...)

Nissan LEAF sales set sales record in July 2014 with double-digit growth
Aug 4, 2014 - The LEAF sold a thousand more units (or 33 percent more) than its next-closest rival, the Chevrolet Volt (2,020 units) and nearly triple the number of Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids sold for July. (more ...)

Winter Actually Costs More in Gas Cars than in EVs
May 11, 2014 - Although EV range suffers in cold weather, it also costs in gas cars, according to statistics over several makes published by Fleetcarma. (more ...)

LA Apartment Building Offers Free Electric-Car Charging
Mar 7, 2014 - The Elysian rental apartment building will offer residents who own electric cars free charging. Owned by developer Linear City, it is equipped with 20 240-Volt Level 2 charging stations. The owners will cover the cost of electricity for the entirety of each original electric-car owner's lease. (more ...)

Quebec the Leader in Canada in Electric Transportation
Nov 7, 2013 - Last Friday, the government of Quebec announced Canada's most comprehensive policies to encourage the sale and use of plug-in vehicles, with a 3-year extension of its $8000 rebate program, 5000 public charge stations and incentives for private and public fleets. (more ...)




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