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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)

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. (more ...)

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 ...)

Sunshine lights up Clayton home
Apr 23, 2014 - Surrey Leader - VEVA Member Hans Wekking first saw an electric car in while visiting family in California in 2008. He now charges his Leaf virtually for free from his rooftop solar array. (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 June 15, 7:00-9:30pm,
Location: IBEW Local 213, 1424 Broadway St, Port Coquitlam off Mary Hill Bypass
Agenda:TBA
Last Meeting - Kelly Carmichael's travels to BC's Interior on DC Fast Charge in a 100km EV. VEVA should vote to partner with BC to place a dedicated L2 charger on the Coquihalla to open up Merritt ahead of a future L3 placement. Gordon Deans: Load sharing to support cost-effective EV charging.
Members Note: Meeting audio is placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


Past Meetings

Events Calendar
Community EVents
  •  Sat May 28   (All week, festival is Saturday)
    Collingwood Festival Days
    Location: , Carleton Elementary at 3250 Kinsgway     [Link]
  •  Fri Jun 10   (10-11)
    Chilliwack DC Fast Charge Dedication
    Location: Chilliwack, 45950 Cheam Ave
    Sponsor: FVRD, BC Hydro, media, dealerships
  •  Sat Jun 25   (10-4)
    Electrafest 2016 - JUNE 25
    Location: Vancouver, Concord Pacific Place, Carrall & Pacific Blvd S
    Sponsor: VEVA
    Admission: free
  •  Fri Jul 1   (AM parade, PM at Waterfront Park)
    North Shore Canada Day Parade
    Location: North Vancouver, BC, 13th, Lonsdale, 17th, Jones, Keith Rd, Bewicke
    Admission: free     [Link]
    Contact: Bruce Stout at 604-929-6782
    Email:
  •  Fri Jul 1   (Noon-10:30pm)
    Coquitlam Canada Day
    Location: Coquitlam, Town Centre Park
    Sponsor: City of Coquitlam
    Admission: free     [Link]
    Contact: Mariko Michasiw, city of Coquitlam
    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.



BC2BC Electric Highway Gets $9 Million Boost From California
Feb 23, 2016 - Nearly $9 million in new funding was awarded by the California Energy Commission to build DC fast-charging stations along major routes in the state(I-5, Route 99 and Highway 101). The overall objective is to complete the West Coast Electric Highway which stretches from British Columbia to Baja California. (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 ...)

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 car—and let’s 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 ...)

LA Apartment Building Offers Free Electric-Car Charging
Mar 7, 2014 - The Elysian rental apartment building will offer residents who own electric cars free charging. Owned by developer Linear City, it is equipped with 20 240-Volt Level 2 charging stations. The owners will cover the cost of electricity for the entirety of each original electric-car owner's lease. (more ...)

Quebec the Leader in Canada in Electric Transportation
Nov 7, 2013 - Last Friday, the government of Quebec announced Canada's most comprehensive policies to encourage the sale and use of plug-in vehicles, with a 3-year extension of its $8000 rebate program, 5000 public charge stations and incentives for private and public fleets. (more ...)




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