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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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BOLTing Across Canada
Jul 11, 2017 - Summer 2017 - VEVA member Buddy Boyd, Gibsons Recycling, goes cross-Canada in a Bolt EV. Check out the blog link by clicking MORE at the bottom!
Other EV Canada crossings of note -
Fall 2008 - History is made. VEVA associate Justin Lemire-Elmore of Vancouver rides cross-Canada on his custom e-Bike using $8.57 worth of power. Link.
Sept 2010 - History is made again. First electric-only car across Canada. UBC/VEVA team Ricky Gu/Colin Mastin and his dog travelled from Vancouver to Halifax (with no support vehicle of any kind) over 13 driving days of 650 km each in a 53 kWh converted 1972 VW beetle before the availablity of any public charging stations! Link
Sept 2010 - Second Canada crossing in an electric car. Mitsubishi fields two i-MiEVs across Canada on a roadshow with a caravan of support vehicles complete with gas generators.
Nov 2014 - VEVA president Bruce Stout crosses Canada in both directions in his Tesla S85 as a participant of the 2014 e-Mazing Race, sponsored by Sun Country Highway and their cross-Canada Level 2 charging network completed in 2012.
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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 Sept 19, 7pm (3rd Tues),
Location: LIKELY Metro Vancouver offices (Metrotown tower), 10th Flr, 5945 Kathleen Avenue, Burnaby
Agenda: TBA
Last Meeting - Matthew Jurjevich (BYD) - Translink trial of BYD buses; Jim Brisco (VEVA) - Planning, event day, and follow-up for hosting a workplace Earth Day EVent; Bruce Sharpe (VEVA) - Report from EMC conference Montreal and EV show; Jerry Kroll (VEVA) - Public feedback on EVs from an MLA candidate POV; Peter Miller (VEVA) - ElectraFest Planning
Members Note: Meeting audio is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


Past Meetings

Events Calendar
Community EVents
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  •  Sat Jul 22 to Sun Jul 23 '17   (11 am - 9 pm)
    RibFest
    Location: Port Moody, Rocky Point Park
    Sponsor: City of Port Moody     [Link]
    Contact: Brendon James
    Email:
  •  Sat Jul 22   (11am-9pm)
    Uptown Live
    Location: New Westminster, Downtown at 6th and 6th
    Sponsor: City of New Westminster     [Link]
    Contact: Brendon James
    Email:
  •  Fri Aug 11 to Sat Aug 12 '17
    Sleepy Hollow Rod Run and Show
    Location: Sechelt, Downtown
    Sponsor: District of Sechelt, Coasters Car Club
    Admission: Show car entry is $25, free to view     [Link]
    Contact: Bruce Stout at 604-929-6782
    Email:
  •  Sat Aug 12 to Sun Aug 13 '17
    Abbotsford Air Show
    Location: Abbotsford, Emotive Booth
    Sponsor: Fraser Valley Regional District
    Admission: free for volunteers
    Contact: Brendon James
    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.



Lawrence National Lab Finds Short Range EVs Useful with Degraded Batteries
Jan 30, 2017 - Berkeley Lab scientists have determined that even with a 50% capacity fade on a 24 kWh EV battery, the daily travel needs of more than 80% of drivers are still met. They also found that power fade was not apparent at even the 70% degradation level, as the EV drivetrain power was always well under the battery's capacity to provide that power. (more ...)

Statewide Anti-ICEing Laws in Effect for Oregon and Illinois
May 26, 2016 - Two states have enacted laws in 2016 to penalize people who block electric vehicle charging stations.
Oregon $250 Fine for ICEing an EV Charging Station
Illinois Up to $100 Fine and Towing
To date: Washington, California, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii have laws
Counties: Montgomery Co. MD, Howard Co. MD, Calvert Co. MD
Cities with bylaws: Washington DC, Seattle WA, Kirkland, WA, Raleigh NC, Knoxville TN, Rehoboth Beach, DE

PlugInSites.org has compiled a Legislation Reference Guide for local and state laws regarding reserved parking spaces for plug-in vehicle charging stations. This is being shared with lawmakers as a resource to consult when drafting future bills. (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 carand lets 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 ...)




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