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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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6 ways B.C. is so great for electric vehicles
Apr 6, 2016 - The Vancouver Auto Show showcased a variety of vehicles running on alternative energy sources. The interest in B.C. around alternative energy vehicles, including hydrogen fuel cells, hybrids, and plug-in electrics, has been increasing, and with good reason. The truth is that B.C. is a great place to drive EVs. (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 ...)

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 September 21, 7pm,
Location: TBA
Agenda: TBA
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
  •  Sat Jul 23   (noon - 9pm)
    Emotive at Uptown Live
    Location: New Westminster, 6th and 6th     [Link]
    Contact: Peggy Lei
    Email:
  •  Sun Jul 24
    Emotive at Port Moody RibFest
    Location: Port Moody, Rocky Point Park     [Link]
    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.



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 ...)

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 ...)

Graphene Supercaps Ready For EV Applications, Say Korean Engineers
Nov 13, 2013 - With a capacitance of 150 Farads per gram, a current density of 5 Amps per gram, an energy density of 64 Watt hours per kilogram (1/2 to 1/3 that of lithium cells) this new tech will have applications in power-on-demand and braking energy recovery in vehicles. Cycle testing with charge times of 15 seconds has shown cycle life of 10,000 without appreciable reduction in capacity. Article (more ...)




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