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Summer 2018 - Lots of New Lower Mainland DC Fast Charge Stations
Jun 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.

Bring an Emotive EV Event or Activity to your community!
May 30, 2018 - Anyone can bring Emotive to engage their community to bring EV awareness. Emotive could provide variously an info table, an EV 101 presentation and EV test drives. Let us know how we can help you promote EVs in your community! (more ...)

Canadian EV Sales in Detail
Dec 4, 2017 - VEVA Member Matthew Klippenstein who has ben a regular contributor at greencarreports.com has been keeping a database of Canada EV sales by province and by model since 2011. Click his link following to track the trends. (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 ...)

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

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Sept 18, 2018 at 7pm,
Location: Champlain Heights Community Centre in Southeast Vancouver, 3350 Maquinna Drive. Lots of parking, and a Pub next door.
Agenda: TBA

Last Meeting - Personal Story for Strata Charging - Sara Forsey (VEVA), Electricians Challenges with MURBs - Sukh Gill (VEVA), Curbside Charging Pilot - Brad Badelt (City of Vancouver), MURB Charging Support Program - Matthew Klippenstein (Fraser Basin Council)
Members Note: Meeting audio is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


Past Meetings

Events Calendar
The Main EVent ...
  •  Sat Aug 18   (10-4)
    Electrafest 2018
    Location: Vancouver, Roundhouse Community Center
    Sponsor: VEVA
    Admission: free     [Link]
Community EVents
See complete calendar here
  •  Fri Jun 22 to Sun Jun 24 '18   (3 days!)
    Revolutionss 3-day Salt Spring EV Expo
    Location: Salt Spring Island
    Admission: $15-30 Fri-Sat, Sunday FREE     [Link]
    Contact: Barbara at 778 676-2563
  •  Sun Jul 1   (12-4)
    Canada Day Parade North Vancouver
    Location: North Vancouver, Parade north Lonsdale area, Lonsdale Quay displays
    Admission: free     [Link]
    Contact: Brooke Atkinson
    Email:
  •  Sun Jul 8   (12-7)
    Car Free Day
    Location: Vancouver, Commercial Drive near 1st
    Admission: free     [Link]
    Contact: Brooke Atkinson
    Email:
  •  Sat Jul 21   (10-4)
    South Hill 5-EVSE Christening Event at South Hill Days
    Location: Vancouver, Parking lots just west of Fraser Street around 47th
    Sponsor: South Hill BIA     [Link]
    Contact: Brooke Atkinson
    Email:
  •  Sat Jul 28   (10-5)
    Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Country Festival
    Location: Maple Ridge, Albion Fairgrounds
    Contact: Brooke Atkinson
    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.


LA Launches EV Sharing Program
Apr 27, 2018 - Car sharing goes electric-only in Los Angeles. Members pay a small monthly fee ($5 for most families, $1 for low income households), and then a per-minute usage charge (20 cents standard rate, 15 cents per minute for low income households) each time they use a car. According to LA Downtown News, the initial roll out only features 25 carsbut that will expand to 100 cars, 40 locations and 200 recharging points by the end of the year. By 2021, the goal is to triple in size. (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 ...)

Winter Actually Costs More in Gas Cars than in EVs
May 11, 2014 - Although EV range suffers in cold weather, it also costs in gas cars, according to statistics over several makes published by Fleetcarma. (more ...)




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