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VEVA Test Drives BMWi3
Apr 6, 2014 - 21 VEVA members arrived early Sunday morning to test drive the new BMWi3 electric. The first deliveries in Vancouver are scheduled for early May, and by the results of the test drives today, this should be a very popular new electric car!

Free 1 week EV Parking at Park N Fly till Aug 30 w Coupon
Mar 31, 2014 - With a coupon from the Province newspaper you can park an EV at the Park N Fly lot, 6380 Miller Road, for up to a week for free. This offer expires Aug 30th 2014 and of course you should not park for a full week at the new Eaton Level 2 charger they have installed!

Surrey DC Fast Charge Station Dedication
Nov 4, 2013 - BC Minister of Environment Mary Polak speaks at the dedication of Surrey's first public DC fast charge station at the Surrey Musuem as dignitaries from Surrey, Sechelt, BC Hydro, members of the media and VEVA members attend.

New - Tim Hortons Free Charging
May 30, 2013 - For electric vehicle owners in British Columbia, Tim Hortons has unveiled six new charging stations in the following locations, allowing guests to travel from restaurant to restaurant strictly on electric power:
Bowen Road, Nanaimo
Goldstream Ave, Langford
Main Street, North Vancouver
6641 Kingsway, Burnaby
Sumas Way, Abbotsford
United Blvd, Coquitlam
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B.C. plugging in to electric vehicle fast chargers
Jan 17, 2013 - The BC government has identified 13 BC locations in 2013 for deploying DC CHAdeMO 50kW fast chargers which can charge a 25kWh battery from depleted to 80% in less than 30 minutes. 17 more are planned for the next phase. The first ones will be at:
Vancouver - Science World, North Vancouver - Crown St nr 2nd Narrows, North Vancouver - Lower Lonsdale, Squamish - across from Municipal Hall, Whistler - Conference Centre, Nanaimo - downtown waterfront, Duncan - Island Savings, Saanich - Uptown Shopping Centre, Surrey - Surrey Museum, 177 & 56 Ave, Langley - Events Centre, 78 & 200 St, Hope - Hope Visitor Centre, Merritt - Tourism Info Booth, and one more location TBA. (more ...)

Plug-in Prius Story
Oct 14, 2012 - Burnaby resident Matthew Klippenstein convinced his wife to splurge on a Toyota Prius Plug-in, a hybrid car that can be charged with a regular outlet or at public charging stations, like this one at Burnaby's BCIT campus. Klippenstein thinks the extra cost is worth the investment in the planet and his son's future. Read Matthew's BLOG here. (more ...)

Public/Private Partnerships Would Increase Charging Station Numbers
May 6, 2012 - VEVA supports the City/Telus initiative to install charge stations co-located with cell antennas because they both require new power to be installed. One of the biggest obstacles to EV adoption is the cost of installing infrastructure. Infrastructure requires upgrades to BC Hydro transformers, power conduit and wire to charge station locations, and finally charge stations. These can be very expensive. Having commercial interests share the costs allows for more charge stations.
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Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: Wed May 21, 7-9 pm
Location:350 EAST 2nd, Vancouver.
Room to left of main entrance - Look for the VEVA Banner and knock on the window!
Agenda:The not so straightforward process of finding an EV to purchase. How to get around the roadblocks. Also, how to find and import a used EV and save cash.
Members - Please note that meeting audio is typically placed into the Members' Area a few days after the meeting.
NB No meeting audio is available for the April meeting
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Events Calendar
Our Community EVents
  •  Thu Apr 24   (5:30-9:00pm)
    BCSEA Earth Day EV Show
    Location: Vancouver, Science World
    Sponsor: BCSEA
    Admission: $20     [Link]
    Contact: Veronica Owens at 778-322-8708
  •  Wed May 7   (7:30 - 9:00 pm)
    VEVA Islands Chapter Monthly Meeting
    Location: Victoria / Saanich, Cedar Hill Rec Center
    Sponsor: VEVA Islands
    Admission: Free     [Link]
    Contact: Cam Rawlinson
  •  Sat Jul 26   (10-4)
    Electrafest 2014
    Location: Vancouver, Concord Pacific Place, Carrall & Pacific Blvd S
    Sponsor: VEVA
    Admission: free
    Contact: Peter Miller
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BMW Increases i3 Electric City Car Production 43 Percent
17 Apr 2014
BMW has raised daily output to 100 vehicles from 70 previously at the factory in Leipzig, Germany.  more ...

Wanxiang Aiming to Become the Tesla Motors of China?
17 Apr 2014
Having acquired Fisker Automotive's assets and A123 Technologies, Hangzhou-based Wanxiang appears to be positing itself to become the leading luxury electric carmaker in China.  more ...

Havyard Launches Hybrid Plaform Service Vessel
17 Apr 2014
The Platform Service Vessel (PSV) in given operations uses 30 to 40% less fuel compared with a traditional PSV.  more ...

Why EVs? - owners like starting off in the morning with a full tank
- owners feel good about paying about $2 per 100 km
- people hate stopping at gas stations (there go the new shoes you wanted)
- people want cars that are distinctive, well built and safe
- people would like better performance at the stoplight
- people are getting increasingly concerened about the environment - it is now taught at an early age

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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.

BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid May Be Close to Production
Apr 5, 2014 - BMW's concept X5 lithium-ion battery gives the SUV a pure-electric range of up to 30 km (19 miles) and speeds of up to 120 km/h. (more ...)

Turn a Model S into a Camper?
Dec 7, 2013 - Yes, he's serious. 2 Vanagons + 1 Tesla-S battery and drivetrain equals a new Otmar 'Zilla' Ebenhoech creation. See Blog. (more ...)

Trip Planning 2015 for Tesla Drivers
Oct 21, 2013 - The Tesla Supercharger network will look like this in 2015. which means that most Tesla Model S owners can drive all of interurban North America at no charge for fuel with most fillups taking about as long as a quick coffee break.

BC2BC Golden Plug Photo Gallery
Jul 8, 2013 - Photos are now online of the historic start of the BC2BC EV-only Rally which spanned the US from the BC to the Mexican borders. AAA's DC Fast Charge truck was at the Golden Plug Event June 29, 2013 along with BCAA's Roadside Assistance Leaf and of course we VEVA members! The US media covered the event quite well by the time the convoy reached Southern California, the heart of the world EV revolution. Credits: Washington State Dept of Transportation (photos), LiveSmart BC (Flickr page). (more ...)

Approved Level 2 EVSEs
Mar 28, 2013 - In case anyone is keeping track, here is a rather long list of LiveSmartBC approved 240 volt EVSEs (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment), what they can do and who to contact if you want a particular unit. (more ...)

The Astonishing 103 Year Old Electric Car that was ahead of its time
Jan 17, 2013 - dailymail.co.uk - A rusty 103-year-old electric car rendered obsolete by the invention of the automobile is tipped to sell for £50,000 as it has turned out to be way ahead of its time. Rupert Banner, a car specialist at auctioneers Bonhams, said: 'Electric cars are all the rage now but Detroit Electric was doing very well with them 100 years ago. The car was sold at auction in Scottsdale, Arizona on Jan 17, 2013. Archived article. (more ...)

Chicago Buys Fleet of Electric Garbage Trucks
Nov 19, 2012 - The city of Chicago has signed a 5-year, $13.4 million contract with Motiv Power Systems, a start-up based in the San Francisco area, to buy 20 electric garbage trucks. Motiv is the first in the trucking industry to mix and match off-the-shelf batteries and motors to fit the application. Chicago's garbage trucks will have 10 battery packs. They weigh 52,000 lbs on a standard Loadmaster frame and have a range of more than 60 miles. (more ...)

Balancing Enclosed Electric Motorcycle
Jul 26, 2012 - The 2013 Lit C-1 electric motorcycle with a fully enclosed cabin keeps upright when it comes to a stop using a gyro stabilizer. Estimated price is $16,000 FOB San Francisco. (more ...)


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