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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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VEVA's Government Policy Reommendations
Apr 8, 2016 - Electric vehicle adoption in BC has been slower than hoped. There are many things that the BC provincial government could do to enhance electric vehicle (EV) adoption, and we understand that any action taken must align with and complement current transportation strategies, including other lower emission vehicles. (Read the 14 pg PDF here)

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. (more ...)

Rebates can give you $10k off a new EV Right Now!
Aug 5, 2015 - The BC Government $5000 rebate which started April 2015 to encourage the purchase of Clean Energy Vehicles is one third subscribed after only 4 months. You can get a further $3250 from a 1999 or older car that you've owned for at least 6 months. These plus dealer incentives can get you into a smartED for under $20,000, or a Nissan Leaf for under $25,000. For more information see CEVforBC and Scrapit

Locally Produced EV will Qualify for the 2015 BC Rebate
Mar 19, 2015 - Click the link to watch the video featuring the BC-made Electrameccanica Sparrow. (more ...)

e-Mazing Race 2014 Entrants Log Tens of Thousands of Kilometers Across Canada's Green Highways
Nov 2, 2014 - During the month of October 2014, e-Mazing Race entrants across North America drove and charged hundreds of times and covered the entire width of the continent. Check out Steve Coram's blog entry. (more ...)

Copper Theives Hit Charging Stations
Aug 19, 2014 - A new phenomenon is becoming fairly problematic for plug in owners in the cities of Surrey and Richmond, BC, both of which form part of the Metro Vancouver area. (more ...)

Record Vancouver gasoline price sparks interest in electric cars
Apr 26, 2014 - vancouverobserver.com - Near-record gas prices had 200 electric vehicle tire kickers come out to a showcase sponsored by the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) and the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association (VEVA) on April 24, 2014. BC Hydro forecasts 300,000 EVs on the road by 2030. (more ...)

A Modern History of EVs
Since 1990, Califiornia's ZEV mandate which has been adopted as a model for many states, has driven the advent of a significant influx of EV models to the market. This despite the oversupply of oil in the personal transportation marketplace. (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: Wed June 15, 7:00-9:30pm,
Location: IBEW Local 213, 1424 Broadway St, Port Coquitlam off Mary Hill Bypass
Agenda:TBA
Last Meeting - Kelly Carmichael's travels to BC's Interior on DC Fast Charge in a 100km EV. VEVA should vote to partner with BC to place a dedicated L2 charger on the Coquihalla to open up Merritt ahead of a future L3 placement. Gordon Deans: Load sharing to support cost-effective EV charging.
Members Note: Meeting audio is placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


Past Meetings

Events Calendar
Community EVents
  •  Sat May 28   (All week, festival is Saturday)
    Collingwood Festival Days
    Location: , Carleton Elementary at 3250 Kinsgway     [Link]
  •  Fri Jun 10   (10-11)
    Chilliwack DC Fast Charge Dedication
    Location: Chilliwack, 45950 Cheam Ave
    Sponsor: FVRD, BC Hydro, media, dealerships
  •  Sat Jun 25   (10-4)
    Electrafest 2016 - JUNE 25
    Location: Vancouver, Concord Pacific Place, Carrall & Pacific Blvd S
    Sponsor: VEVA
    Admission: free
  •  Fri Jul 1   (AM parade, PM at Waterfront Park)
    North Shore Canada Day Parade
    Location: North Vancouver, BC, 13th, Lonsdale, 17th, Jones, Keith Rd, Bewicke
    Admission: free     [Link]
    Contact: Bruce Stout at 604-929-6782
    Email:
  •  Fri Jul 1   (Noon-10:30pm)
    Coquitlam Canada Day
    Location: Coquitlam, Town Centre Park
    Sponsor: City of Coquitlam
    Admission: free     [Link]
    Contact: Mariko Michasiw, city of Coquitlam
    Email:
  •  Fri Aug 5 to Sun Aug 7 '16   (all day)
    Sleepy Hollow Rod Run and Show
    Location: Sechelt, Downtown
    Sponsor: District of Sechelt, Coasters Car Club
    Admission: free to view
    Contact: Bruce Stout at 604-929-6782
    Email:
  •  Sat Aug 13   (11-6)
    Burrard Inlet Fish Fest (BIFF)
    Location: Port Moody, Rocky Point Park
    Sponsor: Coast Salish Territories (Port Moody)
    Admission: free     [Link]
    Contact: Bruce Stout
    Email:
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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.



Statewide “Anti-ICEing” Laws in Effect for Oregon and Illinois
May 26, 2016 - Two states have enacted laws in 2016 to penalize people who block electric vehicle charging stations.
Oregon – $250 Fine for ICEing an EV Charging Station
Illinois – Up to $100 Fine and Towing
To date: Washington, California, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii have laws
Counties: Montgomery Co. MD, Howard Co. MD, Calvert Co. MD
Cities with bylaws: Washington DC, Seattle WA, Kirkland, WA, Raleigh NC, Knoxville TN, Rehoboth Beach, DE

PlugInSites.org has compiled a Legislation Reference Guide for local and state laws regarding reserved parking spaces for plug-in vehicle charging stations. This is being shared with lawmakers as a resource to consult when drafting future bills. (more ...)

BC2BC Electric Highway Gets $9 Million Boost From California
Feb 23, 2016 - Nearly $9 million in new funding was awarded by the California Energy Commission to build DC fast-charging stations along major routes in the state(I-5, Route 99 and Highway 101). The overall objective is to complete the West Coast Electric Highway which stretches from British Columbia to Baja California. (more ...)

More States Form Legislation Madating Apartment Charging
Jan 22, 2016 - EV charging is an important issue. For people who live in apartments or condominiums, getting access to a charging station for an EV can be a problem. If the objective is to make driving an EV a pleasant experience for everyone, this problem needs a solution. EVs should not be restricted only to single family home owners. California Senate Assembly Bill 2565 and the upcoming Maryland's Senate Bill 168 are hints of what's to come.Circuit sharing schemes such as Evercharge which take advantage of the J1772 standard's ability to throttle the charging rate are already on the way. (more ...)

CBC Story on Atlanta EV Adoption
Dec 2, 2015 - CBC reporter Paul Hunter takes a trip to Atlanta Georgia, a city with the second largest number of electric vehicle registrations in the country. Click "more" to watch the video. (more ...)

Move over, Tesla: electric vehicles are about to be super-sized
May 5, 2015 - Gone are the days of commercially-viable electric vehicles being limited to the realm of flashy sports roadsters and passenger cars. The work-a-day worlds of public transit buses and municipal garbage trucks are offering their own glimpses into a future of zero emissions vehicles. (more ...)

Washington State Governor Proposes Free Toll Lane, Ferries for EVs
Jan 8, 2015 - heraldnet.com - Governor Inslee wants to see a lot more electric vehicles in the state in five years, and he's willing to spend a few million taxpayer dollars to make it happen. His plans include incentives to make it easier to own an EV in hopes of boosting the number in Washington State from 10,000 today to 50,000 by 2020. This is almost 10 times what we have in BC. (more ...)

EVSE Market to Grow at a CAGR of 36% to 2020
Aug 8, 2014 - US, EU are Level 2 leaders in installations, while China expected to deploy thousands of Level 3 stations. (more ...)

BC Connection to new NYC Central Park Horseless Ride
May 24, 2014 - Victoria Times Colonist - Electric drive technology from Errington on Vancouver Island is powering the new Horseless eCarriage designed to replace the horse and carriage trade in New York City. VEVA member Randy Holmquist came up with the electric drive the NYC group needed. (more ...)

Toyota i-ROAD to make inroads in Grenoble in 2014
Mar 14, 2014 - After a successful public test in Japan, Toyota introduces their velo-like 2.3 metre long 4 kW tandem 2-seat leaning 3-wheel urban EV in a car-sharing program on the streets of Grenoble in France at the end of 2014. (more ...)




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