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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 ...)

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)

ElectraFest 2015 Report
Jul 20, 2015 - Georgia Straight - On July 18, the 20th edition of ElectraFest, the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association’s annual get-together, took place in the Concord Pacific parking lot just off Expo Boulevard. With at least a dozen manufacturers exhibiting their wares and free test drives/rides available throughout the day, it was the largest turnout ever for ElectraFest. Scattered among the offerings from manufacturers such as Nissan, Kia, Mitsubishi, BMW, Mercedes, and Tesla were a couple of new kids on the block. (more ...)

VEVA in the News
Jan 8, 2015 - news1130.com - What would it take to get you into an electric car? The Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association thinks policy changes might be enough for British Columbians to start shopping for that new zero-gas-guzzling car. (more ...)

Kelowna Company Brings Classic Cars Into a New Electric Paradigm
Oct 21, 2014 - Imagine driving a new sports car from your adolescence, but one which has modern styling cues, a performance profile and up to date options to match its new electric drivetrain. A Kelowna company is building such cars! (more ...)

Imagine!
Jul 16, 2014 - Imagine waking up one day and looking up at those gas station signs, they all say 19.5 cents a litre ... and it's not a dream! (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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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.

EV Related Forums
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!
DIY Electric Car Forums
V is for Voltage
EVforum.net




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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