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§ How Vancouver Became a Leading City in EV Infrastructure Regulation

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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.

Free 1 week EV Parking at Park N Fly till Aug 30 w Coupon
Mar 31, 2014 - With a coupon from the Province newspaper you can park an EV at the Park N Fly lot, 6380 Miller Road, for up to a week for free. This offer expires Aug 30th 2014 and of course you should not park for a full week at the new Eaton Level 2 charger they have installed!

Sun Country Highways' E-mazing Race
Aug 6, 2013 - This coming trans-continental EV race with $10,000 in prizes is a celebration of conquering one of the most difficult, most climate diverse, vast and geographically challenging countries in the world… Canada! For the first time in the history of the world, an EV charging network ahead of the automotive industry, that can charge virtually all EVs faster than Level 2 networks. Starts September 3rd, 2013 and runs from Seattle WA to PEI Canada. (more ...)

MURB Charging Grant -only till Mar 31 2014
Apr 1, 2013 - BOMA BC, in partnership with the Province, is offering a limited time incentive program (ending March 31st, 2014), for the purchase and installation of 125 Level 2 (240V) electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS). This program is intended to support the increase of EVCS across multiple building types and locations throughout BC by offering a substantial incentive to participants (up to a maximum of $4,500 per station). Eligible are:
Single owner multi tenant buildings; Multi-Unit residential or Mix-Use commercial/residential bulidings;Multi-Tenanted commercial buildings;Large commercial buildings where tenant is not the owner; Strata owned buildings; -- as of Aug 2013, all 125 spots have been applied for but you can still apply to be in the queue for spots that open up due to missed installation deadlines. (more ...)

B.C. businesses embrace clean car infrastructure
Dec 7, 2012 - FraserBasin.bc.ca - Results from the second round of funding under the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund were released yesterday afternoon by the Province of BC. Another 145 electric vehicle charging stations have been approved for funding, and more than 60% of stations in this round are being installed by businesses. Excellent to see so many taking part in this growing network! (more ...)

Legality of Electric Scooters Called Into Question
Jul 18, 2012 - A Chilliwack man has lost his case in BC Supreme Court after he was charged with operating a motor vehicle without insurance after no pedals were found on his electric scooter. Most electric scooters old are classified as motor-assisted bicycles which are described in the regulations as having a maximum of 3 wheels, pedals for human assist, a motor with a nameplate rating of 500 watts or less and not be capable of exceeding 32 km/hr on level ground without human assist. The motor must not start or run unless the operator is pedalling. See Motor Vehicle Act 151/2002. (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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NHTSA Investigating Bosch Home Charging Unit
22 Apr 2014
Nissan LEAF owner filed complaint after finding Bosch Power Xpress 240V began emitting smoke during charging session.  more ...

Subaru Parent Considering Reintroduction of Electric Cars in USA
22 Apr 2014
Tightening environmental regulations in the USA has management at Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. looking for electric vehicle options, including possible collaboration with Toyota on fuel cell vehicles.  more ...

Pricing Announced with Debut of Denza Electric Car in China
22 Apr 2014
Pricing on the all-electric car starts at RMB 369,000 ($59,250 / €42,890) before incentives of up to RMB 120,000 ($19,270 / €13,950).  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.

BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid May Be Close to Production
Apr 5, 2014 - BMW's concept X5 lithium-ion battery gives the SUV a pure-electric range of up to 30 km (19 miles) and speeds of up to 120 km/h. (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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