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EV Charging 100% ByLaws Moving Fast
Jan 23, 2018 - The City of Port Coquitlam has passed today a new bylaw that requires 100% of parking stalls in new single and multi-family homes to have rough-ins installed for 240-volt Level 2 charging. This action follows on the heels of the City of Richmond which approved the same just weeks ago. VEVA was instrumental in the City of Vancouver's decision some years ago to require 20% of new parking to have rough-ins for charging. North and West Vancouver did the same thing as Vancouver but all three municipalities may need to modify their bylaws soon! (more ...)

Jerry Kroll Featured on CBC News
Jan 15, 2017 - Jerry Kroll is the CEO of Electra Meccanica, a local company aiming to bring a single-seat electric car to the global electric car market. "My background is motor sports and all the cars a race car driver wants to drive are single seaters," he told host Gloria Macarenko on CBC's Our Vancouver. The three-wheeled single-seater called Solo, takes less than half the space of a regular car and still offers the driver enough room for a full cart of groceries in its front and rear trunks. (more ...)

Energy Innovator in Duncan BC Now Grows Energy Instead of Strawberries
Feb 8, 2016 - Peter Nix has just installed a ground-level home solar array of 192 panels. The lifespan is 25 years with a theoretical output of 50 kW. However, the daylight output on average is much lower. Nonetheless, he will be selling power back to BC Hydro at a rate somewhere between Tier 1 and Tier 2 rates at 10 cents per kWh. At an installed cost of $145,000 and factoring in energy savings and being a micro-power generation site, Peter forcasts a minimum 4% return on his investment which beats most investments right now. (more ...)

VEVA President Bruce Stout Drives to Halifax and Back Using No Gas
May 27, 2015 - Over 3 weeks and 17,895 km in May 2015, Bruce Stout drove electric (as far as PEI) in time to visit the EV2015V Conference and Trade Show in Halifax. He charged for free courtesy of Sun Country Highway charge stations (and a few Tesla superchargers) along the way. He'll be participating in the E-Mazing Race starting May 27 as he starts his trip back to Vancouver. You don't have to drive cross country to participate in the E-Mazing Race. Enter for free at site and snap a photo at as many stations as you can find. Any EV club with 25 or more registrations wins a SCH charger to be placed at a public location of your choice. See his Photo Blog here

City of North Vancouver Installs a DC Fast Charge
Dec 4, 2014 - The City of North Vancouver today launched the North Shore's first and only DC fast charger. Owners of Nissan Leafs, Mitsubishi i-MiEVs, Kia Soul EVs as well as Tesla Model S with CHAdeMO option will be stopping for up to 30 minutes on their way from other parts of the Lower Mainland as they fill up with an average 10 kWh ($1) worth of electricity. As the vehicles fill up they will be able to explore the 1st and Lonsdale area. Read more about the City of North Vancouver's EV initiatives or click the link to view the videos. (more ...)

UBC Publishes Fast Charging Infrastructure Report
Sep 11, 2014 - This 70+ page report is designed to assist local and provincial authorities in the challenging process of siting and deploying EV fast-charge infrastructure. (more ...)

EVs Can Save Fleet Operators $16k over 7 Years
Jun 16, 2014 - greencarreports.com - a Plug-In BC study concludes that battery-electric vehicles at the low end of today's price range would save fleet operators an average of $16,000 apiece, compared to the vehicles they'd be replacing, over a service life of seven years, for 94% of routes. See Feb 2014 PDF. (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY May 21, 2019 7:00-9:30 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: Chris Bellamy from Jaguar with iPace and other news. Donovan Whistler on integrating solar into a house panel. Peter & Brendon on ElectraFest 2019 with site plans and a call for volunteers.
Members Note: Meeting audio and a link to the video is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


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EV FAQt
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.

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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.


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 ...)

Where Do Short Range Plugin Hybrids Fit In?
Mar 24, 2017 - We recommend that you avoid the new fleet of very short range plug-in hybrids including the Audi (A3 e-tron); BMW (330e, 740e, X5 xDrive 40e); Mercedes-Benz (C 350e, GLE 550e, S 550e); Porsche (Cayenne and Panamera S E-Hybrids); and Volvo (XC90 T8 'Twin Engine SUV) as these are only a bridge technology to longer range plug-in hybrids coming down the pipe. Setting the bar at 25 miles of EPA-rated range, the following are much closer to all-electric: Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid at 37 miles, Chevrolet Volt at 53 miles, Chrysler Pacifica (plug-in) Hybrid at 33 miles, Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid at 27 miles, Toyota Prius Prime at 25 miles. (more ...)

25 Ontario Canadian Tire Locations to Get EV Chargers
Dec 5, 2016 - AddEnergie and Canadian Tire are partnering to add EV charging to their Gas+ locations in Ontario. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, who participated in Monday's announcement in Toronto, says the federal government will be contributing nearly half of the $1.8 million investment through a loan. The funding is part of the government's commitment to provide $62.5 million for fast-charging stations for electric vehicles as well as natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations along key transportation corridors. The rapid charging costs $20 per hour, with per minute billing, while the standard charging costs $1.50 per hour. Canada's FLO charging network currently includes 70 fast-charging stations. About 65 per cent of the network is located in Quebec, 20 per cent in BC, 10 per cent in Ontario and five per cent in the Maritimes. (more ...)

Ontario has EV Incentives Up to $14,000
Feb 10, 2016 - Ontario has announced extra incentives for people who buy or lease electric vehicles that could boost available help to as much as $14,000. Currently, incentives range from $5,000 to $8,500 per vehicle. The province is increasing that to a range of $6,000 to $10,000 for the purchase or lease of eligible plug-in EVs and will also offer an extra $3,000 incentive for EVs that have battery capacity beyond 30 kWh, and an additional $1,000 if the vehicle has at least five seats. The province is also spending $20M to build EV charging stations. (more ...)

LAPD Tests out BMW i3 and Tesla P85D for Police Duty
Sep 11, 2015 - If this trend takes off, the bad guys don't have a chance, unless they have the same car! (more ...)

Glow in the Dark Paint on Nissan Leaf
Feb 14, 2015 - The Japanese automaker Nissan is showing off a new electric car that might be easier to find at night in one of those giant parking lots.It's accomplished this trick by adding paint called STARPATH that absorbs ultraviolet rays during the day.Then at night, the electric Nissan Leaf actually glows in the dark. (more ...)

Nissan Leaks Development of 400km Range EV Battery
Dec 1, 2014 - hybridcars.com - Following an unintentional disclosure by CEO Carlos Ghosn, Nissan has confirmed it will very soon take the issue of range off of the table. This could severely impact the fuel cell camp. (more ...)

Improved Mitsubishi Electric Racers Take 2nd/3rd Overall at Pikes Peak 2014
Jun 29, 2014 - The Pikes Peak June 29, 2014 saw two MiEV Evolution III tube frame cars with 450kW and four motors take 2nd and 3rd overall a scant 2.4 seconds behind the leader in a field of 130 vehicles which included unlimited open wheel racers and motorcycles from other motorsports classes. Monster Tajima might have been in the top 5 with his improved racer but he did not get an official time due to a transponder problem. The DriveEo dual motored 360 kW Tesla roadster was only able to beat 25% of the field due to rough roads at the top. The climb to 14,000 feet makes turbos a necessity on gas cars due to the rarified air. But electric motors don't need air which is to their advantage. See 20 min video (more ...)




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