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"It is of enormous importance because of the shortage of gasoline. Portable power plants are necessary. Portable power plants mean portable fuel. But liquid fuel from the earth is limited in quantity. Coal is also limited, practically; we have enough for perhaps a hundred years, but then what? Water power is inexhaustible. With water power to make electricity and an efficient means of storing that energy by a battery, we can be independent of gasoline for many purposes for which it is now used. The enormous increase in the use of electric wagons, trucks, and pleasure cars, equipped with these batteries, clearly shows the trend of the future."
-- Thomas Alva Edison, 1924, writing on the Edison (nickel iron) battery
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2018 Brings BC a $2.5M Rebate Program for Electric Work Vehicles
Nov 30, 2017 - BC Minister of Environment George Heyman has announced rebates from $2,000 to $50,000 for battery-powered work vehicles.$2,000 for EV motorcycles, $5,000 for low-speed Might-E series utility trucks manufactured by Canadian Electric Vehicles, $20,000 for delivery or cube trucks manufactured by BYD Auto and $50,000 for EV shuttle bus manufactured by GreenPower Motor Company. Go to www.pluginbc.ca/suvi to apply. (more ...)

Example BC Strata Charging By-Laws Drafted
Jul 29, 2016 - To facilitate the adoption of EV charging in BC stratas, VEVA and multiple levels of government have drafted over several months a set of strata bylaws that might eventually be incorporated into the Strata Act. These example bylaws have been through several revisions by EV advocacy groups and have passed legal reviews. Strata corporations can avail themselves to this resource to act as a guide in handling resident charging requests. (more ...)

Recommendations for a DCFC Network Buildout for BC
Aug 31, 2015 - The Province of BC has renewed funding for the Clean Energy Vehicle Program, which includes an investment for up to twenty new Direct Current Fast Charge (DCFC) stations in the province. This is in addition to thirty stations already planned from the first phase of Clean Energy Vehicle infrastructure investments. A new report identifies critical gaps in the existing and planned DCFC network and provides recommendations to modify the second phase of deployment. Read the report here. (more ...)

Kia SoulEV Named AJAC Green Car of the Year, whilst being Panned by a Kia Dealer
Mar 28, 2015 - insideevs.com - On April 24, 2015, at the Vancouver Auto Show 2015, the Kia SoulEV was named the Auto Journalists Association of Canada Green Car of the Year. Just a day later, a prospective SoulEV customer submitted correspondence from a Vancouver Kia dealer showing how the sales team actively dissuaded them from considering the vehicle. This story has become viral in nature. (more ...)

Renewed EV Incentives Recommended for BC
Nov 13, 2014 - The report on the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services recommends that the government "55. Provide incentives for greater use of electric vehicles, including purchase rebates, provincial sales tax exemptions, and financial support for the installation of chargers in homes and businesses." See link page 37. (more ...)

CHOA Releases Report on Condo EV Charging
Aug 28, 2014 - The installation of EVSEs can upgrade a building in a way that improves air quality, reduces noise pollution and has economic benefits with rising gas prices at the pumps. In addition, British Columbias hydro renewable resource makes our province one of the most attractive locations in the world for electric vehicles. (more ...)

PlugIn BC Experience Request
May 22-30, 2014
May 23, 2014 - Plug in BC is looking for stories from EV drivers as a way of connecting with a new wave of EV adopters. Please click the link for more information and respond to Eve Hou by May 30, 2014. The E-motive booth will be prominent at the Vancouver Jazz Festival this year as their campaign swings into high gear. (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Oct 15, 2019 7:00-9:30 pm,
Location: BC Hydro Corporate Office, 333 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver. If coming in by Expo Line, hop off at Granville station, walk 2 blocks east along Dunsmuir. When you see a White Spot you are across the street from BC Hydro.
Agenda: Updates on EV Charging station deployment (BC Hydro); Mary Ann's Electric Drive trip story (Harvey Soicher); Sechelt EV Festival report (Hugh, Donovan and Bill); Lighter living: Sustainable lifestyles ( Venkatesh)
Members Note: Meeting audio and a link to the video is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


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EV FAQt
Thinking about getting a modern clean diesel to be green? Think again. It produces an average of 50 times the smog-forming emissions of a gas-burning Prius, twice that of an SUV. It will save you some money on fuel though.

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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.


Petro-Canada Announces Fast Charging Network
Feb 15, 2019 - Petro-Canada has installed the first of its cross-Canada fast charging network locations in Milton, Ontario. (more ...)

Hawaii bill HB793 would impose Fines for Parking Lots without EV Charging
Feb 15, 2017 - In the second most EV-populous state, lawmakers are pushing for fines for parking facility owners who don't provide at least one EV charging station per 100 spaces. Plenty of warning will be given as they'd have 365 days before being issued a first warning. If the owner still fails to abide by the rules, DOT will give then another 270 days before the owner is fined $200 for every day that the place of public accommodation remains in violation. If the owner accrues more than $300,000, DOT will place a lien against the the property. (more ...)

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 ...)

Tesla Model 3 Details
Jan 29, 2016 - It will bear a family resemblance to the Model S but will be about the size of a BMW 3 series. Available in both sedan and crossover models, the base US price before incentives will be $35,000 ($49,000 Cdn). Of course there will be options galore so you'll see a continuum of pricing from the Model 3, through the CPO and the Model S, X lines. The real-world range will be 320 km. and the battery might be around 60 kWh. Unveiling comes in spring 2016 and orders wil be taken after that. That's all we know so far.

FIA Formula E Series 2015
Jun 12, 2015 - Formula E is a new FIA-sanctioned motorsport featuring purpose-built electric single-seat cars racing on street circuits in the heart of some of the worlds most famous cities. London will be a sellout in this inaugural season. Ten teams with two drivers each will race in 10 world cities. Each event comprises practice, qualifying and the race itself - all on a single Saturday! Each driver will use two cars in the main race, due to limitations in current battery technology. All teams will use the same car in this first year from Spark racing, which takes the motor from the McLaren P1, 28 kWh in batteries from Williams, a chassis from Dallara and tires from Michelin with a 200 kWh limit. In a nod to the connected age, fans will be able to vote online ahead of time to provide extra bursts of energy to their favourite drivers.More info (more ...)

Low Gas Prices Can't Hold Back EV Sales
Jan 10, 2015 - fool.com - If you thought low gas prices could kill the electric vehicle revolution, the industry's record sales in December will come as a big surprise. According to InsideEVs, 12,874 EVs were sold in the U.S. during December, more than any month in history. This comes as gas prices were plunging toward $2 per gallon. (more ...)

Solar Powered Bakery in Germany
Nov 15, 2014 - In the town of Hilden, near Dusseldorf Germany, is a Bakery that uses Photo Voltaic Solar modules to generate the electricity to bake bread and charge Battery Powered cars. Roland Schren is the name of the 4th Generation Baker and the new Bakery that was built in 2012 has Photo Voltaic Modules on the building roof and more PV Modules on the parking structure in front of the Bakery. (more ...)

Norway has 27 Times the EVs Per Capita as BC
Jun 12, 2014 - Think BC has a lot of electric cars? Well, northern Washington State with a similar population has about 8 times more. And just look at Norway. With 15% more population, it has a staggering 31 times more EVs on the road than BC! $5 billion a year leaves the BC economy from the motor fuel we all pay for. Norway has a surplus, and 10 times as many charging stations. Click the link to read the compelling story in BCSEA News. (more ...)




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