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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 ...)

BCIT Installs 1,000 Panel Solar EV Charger
Apr 21, 2014 - BCIT is currently testing the installation of a 1,000 panel solar array in their number 7 parking lot on the EAST side of the Burnaby campus. This array will charge a large bank of Panasonic Batteries which will be used to power a DC Quick Charger for ChaDeMo equipped Battery Powered Vehicles. Additionally, two Sun Country CS40 chargers are on the same site to charge J1772 equipped Battery Powered Vehicles. Testing phase for this site should be completed by the end of May. For more information contact Kelly Carmichael on gmail at kcarmich.

Vancouver EV Infrastructure Program Recognized by FCM
Feb 13, 2014 - The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has given a 2014 Sustainable Communities Award in Transportation to Vancouver for its multi-faceted EV Charging Infrastructure Program which has been in place since 2010. From its 69-station rollout with educational signage, to updating building codes and creating a municipal EV fleet and partnering with the private sector and with VEVA's full support, the city has become a leader in Canada with its EV programs. (more ...)

EVs Get a Break in Downtown Vancouver
Aug 5, 2013 - Spotted at the Bay parkade in downtown Vancouver. Credit: John Stonier.

Fast Charge - March 2013 Auto Show
Mar 28, 2013 - Brandt Norman of F&M Installations demoed the 50 kW ABB CHAdeMO charger for VEVA folks at the March 2013 Vancouver Auto Show. The highest rate is on an empty battery. Our test vehicle which was at an indicated 70% state of charge showed a charge rate on the panel of 390v at 32 amps, or 12 kilowatts. Past 80% the vehicle tapers the charge rate to what a regular L2 charger would do so one should move on to a L2 charger if someone is waiting. In under 10 minutes the panel showed a somewhat confusing total of 1,700 kWh consumed. It was then we realised that the EVSE software was EU spec, where decimal points are shown as commas! Of course the car must be OFF before charging. The trick to plugging the hefty interlocked connector in is to simply push in carefully till the locking lever starts to move, and only then can you squeeze it to latch and then push the START button on the EVSE panel. To unlock, you *must* push the STOP button on the EVSE panel, and only then the thumb button on the connector.

Who Are the EV Detractors?
Dec 1, 2012 - A retired nuclear physicist says that "it is in the best interest of the fossil fuel industries to delay the introduction of the electric vehicle as long as possible by various means, fair or foul, by using red tape, legislation, extraneous regulations, bureaucratic inefficiency, and misinformation." In his wiki, he provides plenty of links to self-interest groups that are opposed to EVs. (more ...)

Vancouver Island Highway Charging Network
Jul 7, 2012 - Global News - Sun Country Highway has announced that they will supply and install charging stations on Vancouver Island highways as part of the $2.7 million province wide network of over 500 charging stations to be installed by 2013. Click for Global News video. (more ...)

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
Past Meetings

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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Tesla Model S Driver Completes 12,000 Mile Cross-Country Journey for the Record Book
24 Apr 2014
Norman Hajjar' 24-day-long national tour took him for Washington State to Florida and back to California in an all-electric Tesla Model S.  more ...

Are EV Owners Really 'Souring' On Their Electric Cars?
24 Apr 2014
Anton Wahlman thinks some EV owners may be souring on their purchases, though he seems to ignore all the owner satisfaction surveys that show the opposite.  more ...

Dealers, Sales Staff Not All That Interested in Selling Electric Cars
24 Apr 2014
Consumer Reports survey finds that a lack of knowledge by sales staff is significant reasons why some customers are being encouraged to not buy a plug-in car, a finding that confirms Elon Musk's reason for not wanting to sell Tesla's through franchises.  more ...

10 litres of gas requires 16 to 18 kwH of electricity to refine from crude. You could drive a typical EV 100 km on that same electricity. That's not counting the drilling, pumping and transport to gas stations.

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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.

Earth Day 2014: Electric cars at a 'tipping point'
Apr 24, 2014 - CBC News - Duncan McCue heads to the heart of car culture, Los Angeles, for a documentary on the future of electric vehicles on The National on CBC News Network and CBC Television. (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 ...)

Long Life and High Capacity Batteries Coming
Jul 25, 2013 - rsc.org - 200–300 mile range EVs could become common as a new development in lithium sulfide chemistry is commercialized. It has been discovered that the addition of a common water soluble polymer promotes uniform dispersion of lithium sulfide ions. Until now, this chemistry has held great promise, with much higher energy density but rather short cycle life due to irregular distribution of lithium sulfides. (more ...)

Okanagan College supporting electric vehicles
Apr 2, 2013 - They may not have any electric vehicles yet, but the Penticton campus of Okanagan College will soon have a pair of charging stations for them. (more ...)

NYC to Install 10,000 Charging Stations over 7 Years
Feb 16, 2013 - insideevs.com - "We will make New York City a national leader in electric vehicles" - Mayor Bloomberg (more ...)

Tesla Model S Named 2013 Car of the Year
Dec 1, 2012 - Automobile Magazine editors started as skeptics and became instant converts to electric cars after test driving the new Tesla Model S. Shown is the instrument panel. The 17-in touchscreen is in the center console. (more ...)

EV Range Simulator Based on Google Maps
Sep 20, 2012 - Now you can determine without risk if that EV purchase you have been dreaming about will serve your daily commuting or errand runs. Using Google Maps API, with its optimal routing and accounting for elevation changes, the GreenRace simulation shows the route altitude profile and simulated fuel gauge indication for selected EVs ranging from a Tesla with its 330 km range to city EVs with 70 km range. Click on the link to visit the online app. Thanks to VEVA member Kelly Carmichel for the link. (more ...)


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