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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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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 ...)

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)

A VEVA Leaf Does Vancouver to Prince George in 2 Days!
Aug 3, 2015 - Rebecca Abernethy recently took a 150 km EV on a 1600 km round trip. Where there were no Level 2 charge stations, she improvised at homes, campsites and welding shops. Although 120v is at every buliding along the way, she will be reporting on where the opportunities are for installing L2 chargers. (more ...)

First Drive: 2015 Tesla Model S P85D
Jan 8, 2015 - driving.ca - Auto journalist Brendan McAleer takes a spin up the North Shore mountains in the newly available Tesla Model S P85D dual motor, complete with all-wheel drive and Insane drive mode. (more ...)

Rooftop Solar Power for the Masses
Oct 23, 2014 - Vancouver Sun - When Hans Wekking wants to sell someone on the advantages of a home-based solar power system, he talks about the gasoline he's no longer buying since installing his.The Wekkings bought a Nissan Leaf electric car about the same time he put solar panels on the roof of the garage of their Surrey home. He factors the $200 a month he used to spend on gas in with the electricity he generates to determine his system's payback.'Say (the solar system) is $10,000 installed, and you have an electric car - the money you save on gas pays for the system in four years,' Wekking says. (more ...)

Tesla from Victoria Does a 17,000 km Road Trip
Aug 4, 2014 - The Supercharger network has now made coast to coast travel possible for Tesla drivers at no net cost for fuel. A Victoria, BC resident blogs on his trip south into California and onwards to the east coast. (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
  •  Sun Aug 28   (2-5pm)
    Emotive at Pacific Coast Terminal Summer Sundays
    Location: Port Moody, Rocky Point Park
    Admission: free     [Link]
  •  Sat Sep 3   (11am-10pm)
    Richmond World Festival
    Location: Richmond, Minoru Park
    Admission: free     [Link]
  •  Sun Sep 11   (10am-4pm)
    Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market
    Location: West Vancouver, Ambleside, 1500 Block Bellevue St
    Admission: free     [Link]
  •  Sat Sep 17 to Sun Sep 18 '16   (9am-6pm)
    Country Celebration
    Location: Langley, Campbell Valley Regional Park
    Admission: $3     [Link]
  •  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]
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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 ...)

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 ...)

2016 GM Volt Incrementally Better
May 18, 2015 - Chevrolet has completely redesigned its plug-in hybrid Volt for 2016. It's 240 pounds lighter, uses fewer cells but increases energy to 18.4 kWh from 17.1 kWh. Two electric motors make it faster, and the 1.5l gas engine now is rated at 41 mpg vs the previous 37 mpg. The T-pack has been lowered - now the rear seats three. The LG Chem plant in Holland, MI is going from idle to full capacity. See 2016 Volt battery engineering. (more ...)

Nissan and NASA partner to jointly develop and deploy autonomous drive vehicles by end of year
Jan 9, 2015 - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nissan Motor Co., through its North American-based organization, and NASA today announced the formation of a five-year research and development partnership to advance autonomous vehicle systems and prepare for commercial application of the technology. (more ...)

WWF Releases 2014 Canada EV Update Report
Nov 13, 2014 - WWF Canada and plugndrive have released a 19-page report on the 2014 status of EV adoption in Canada. (more ...)

Battery Prices May Already be Dropping - Heads Up Conversion Folks!
May 30, 2014 - Surplus EV battery packs are an early indicator of low pack prices coming down the pipe. The 24 kWh packs from the Renault Fluence (Better Place bankruptcy) which use cells mostly indentical to those in the Nissan Leaf are being resold at $7000 from EVTV. The close-cousin in terms of chemistry are the 16 kWH packs from the GM Volt which are listed online in several places at $2995 full retail, discounted as low as $2300. (more ...)

Nissan NV200 Delivery Van to Make Debut
Mar 15, 2014 - The idea behind Nissan's new EV based on the existing gas NV200 was to combine all the best qualities of the LEAF with the cargo capacity of the NV200, creating an effective electric transportation solution for delivery services/small businesses (or as a people carrier). No word on pricing at this date. (more ...)

A 400 km Chevy Spark Coming?
Nov 14, 2013 - A123 Venture Technologies, now a division of the Wanxiang Group has announced the takeover of MIT startup SolidEnergy in a collaborative partnership to produce a battery has holds four times the energy of their current cells. This could bump the range of the Chevy Spark into the Tesla class. In early 2013, A123 was sold to China's Wanxiang group which already makes parts for US automakers. A123 cells are currently used in Fisker, BMW series 3 and 5 hybrids, GM Spark, China's SAIC and India's Tata Cars. (more ...)

Training Program for EVSE Installers
Aug 28, 2013 - BIV - The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) – a joint initiative between the Electrical Contractors Association of BC and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213 – is a new 24-hour program beginning early next year that teaches journeyman electricians how to install charging infrastructure in homes and public spaces. The course will also detail the history of electric vehicles. (more ...)




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