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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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BC Announces 100% Zero Emission Mandate Starting 2024
Nov 20, 2018 - Premier John Horgan has announced that the government will introduce legislation next spring to phase in targets for the sale of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). This legislation will set targets of 10% ZEV sales by 2025, 30% by 2030, and 100% by 2040, as government takes additional steps to make ZEVs more affordable. This is similar to the ZEV Mandate adopted by the state of California some 15 years ago and currently in a dozen other US states. (more ...)

Summer 2018 - Lots of New Lower Mainland DC Fast Charge Stations
Nov 1, 2018 - BC Hydro has installed the following brand new DC Fast Charge stations:Downtown adjacent west of BC Hydro offices there are TWO.At the far west side we have UBC's Wesbrook Village near Save-On Foods.At the far eastern lower mainland is the Superstore unit in Mission.And most every Superstore in between including South Surrey, Coquitlam, Vancouver East, Vancouver South, Richmond.The North Vancouver Superstore does not have one, but the Horseshoe Bay DCFC is coming.Also, at 39th and West Boulevard in Vancouver's Kerrisdale.At Fraser & 47th in South Vancouver there will be TWO.And in South Surrey just east of White Rock at the Shoppers, 2332 160 St. Next one across the border is Bellingham some 45 km away.That's more than a dozen new DCFC stations to be operational by summer 2018. (more ...)

Coquihalla DC Fast Chargers Arriving Mar 2018
Feb 6, 2018 - The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has opened the new $4.2-million Loon Lake rest area, approximately 40 kilometres southeast of Merritt. It is a modern 'Class A' facility with running water and flush toilets. It features a contemporary design, separate parking locations for passenger, commercial and recreational vehicles, and a landscaped outdoor area with picnic tables. Two 25 kW DC charging stations and one Level 2 station is installed. (more ...)

Metro Vancouver Now has a Condo Charging Guide
Jan 21, 2017 - Metro Vancouver has launched a website that provides information for strata councils, property managers and residents interested in EV charging in multi-family buildings. The website also features a Registry for EV friendly strata buildings, which populates buildings that have EV charging on a map. Each registered property features the building name, location, information on parking, type / level of charging available, and available information on building bylaws related to EV charging. To add to the Registry, click here. (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 ...)

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 ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Feb 19, 2019 6-9:30 pm,
Location: Champlain Heights Community Centre in Southeast Vancouver, 3350 Maquinna Drive. Arrive early for a parking spot. Bring your own cup for refreshments.
Agenda: Tesla Model 3 viewing and rides (Tesla), Hyundai Kona viewing (Pat Heslop) at 6 pm; 7 pm meeting: Importing EVs from the US (Steve Garity, Waterhouse Motors Portland), Hyundai Kona discussion (Bruce Stout, VEVA)

Last Meeting - AGM at Burnaby BC Hydro offices
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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.


Petro-Canada Announces Fast Charging Network
Feb 15, 2019 - Petro-Canada has installed the first of its cross-Canada fast charging network locations in Milton, Ontario. (more ...)

Possible Federal Budget Support for EVs?
Feb 20, 2018 - Electric Mobility Canada is hoping that their suggestion of waiving the GST on new EV purchases in Canada will be adopted by the federal government. This will certainly increase the adoption rate of EVs outside the three main provinces of Ontario, Quebec and BC. There were nearly 48,000 electric vehicles on Canada's roads last year, up from 29,000 in 2016. Read the article for detailed growth figures. (more ...)

Lawrence National Lab Finds Short Range EVs Useful with Degraded Batteries
Jan 30, 2017 - Berkeley Lab scientists have determined that even with a 50% capacity fade on a 24 kWh EV battery, the daily travel needs of more than 80% of drivers are still met. They also found that power fade was not apparent at even the 70% degradation level, as the EV drivetrain power was always well under the battery's capacity to provide that power. (more ...)

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 ...)

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 carand lets 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 ...)




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