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Summer 2018 - Lots of New Lower Mainland DC Fast Charge Stations
Jun 1, 2018 - BC Hydro has installed the following brand new DC Fast Charge stations:Downtown adjacent west of BC Hydro offices there are TWO.At the far west side we have UBC's Wesbrook Village near Save-On Foods.At the far eastern lower mainland is the Superstore unit in Mission.And most every Superstore in between including South Surrey, Coquitlam, Vancouver East, Vancouver South, Richmond.The North Vancouver Superstore does not have one, but the Horseshoe Bay DCFC is coming.Also, at 39th and West Boulevard in Vancouver's Kerrisdale.At Fraser & 47th in South Vancouver there will be TWO.And in South Surrey just east of White Rock at the Shoppers, 2332 160 St. Next one across the border is Bellingham some 45 km away.That's more than a dozen new DCFC stations to be operational by summer 2018.

Bring an Emotive EV Event or Activity to your community!
May 30, 2018 - Anyone can bring Emotive to engage their community to bring EV awareness. Emotive could provide variously an info table, an EV 101 presentation and EV test drives. Let us know how we can help you promote EVs in your community! (more ...)

Canadian EV Sales in Detail
Dec 4, 2017 - VEVA Member Matthew Klippenstein who has ben a regular contributor at greencarreports.com has been keeping a database of Canada EV sales by province and by model since 2011. Click his link following to track the trends. (more ...)

Metro Vancouver Now has a Condo Charging Guide
Jan 21, 2017 - Metro Vancouver has launched a website that provides information for strata councils, property managers and residents interested in EV charging in multi-family buildings. The website also features a Registry for EV friendly strata buildings, which populates buildings that have EV charging on a map. Each registered property features the building name, location, information on parking, type / level of charging available, and available information on building bylaws related to EV charging. To add to the Registry, click here. (more ...)

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 and the followup (more ...)

Government Initiative Needed to Boost Electric Vehicle Use
Jul 15, 2015 - SFU Communications - Canadians want electric vehicles but governments need to help support the market, according to a team of Simon Fraser University researchers. The team has found more than one third of Canadian buyers want an electric vehicle particularly a plug-in hybrid like the Chevrolet Volt. However, less than one per cent of vehicle sales in Canada are electric because of low consumer awareness and limited vehicle choice. The researchers hope that policymakers and politicians will take note of their two recent studies, as discussions on climate change ramp up locally and globally. (more ...)

EVs Can Now Range in Southern BC
Dec 12, 2014 - With some planning, it's now possible to drive much of the lower mainland, Whistler and Vancouver Island in a typical small EV such as the Nissan Leaf. Currently, the southern Interior can be done in the longer range Tesla plug-in because of new Tesla Superchargers in Hope. The shorter range EVs will have to wait for the imminent installation of a fast charger on the Coquilhalla Highway. (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Nov 20, 2018 at 7pm,
Location: Champlain Heights Community Centre in Southeast Vancouver, 3350 Maquinna Drive. Lots of parking, and a Pub next door.
Agenda: Tesla Model 3 viewing and rides (Kyle Lockhart, Tesla); Update from the President (Bruce Sharpe, VEVA); Fast charger network update (Mike Wenzlaff, BC Hydro); Electrification agenda and EVs (Jae Mather, Clean Energy BC)

Last Meeting - Update from Director of Clean Transportation - Christina Ianniciello, BC Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Electricity and Alternative Energy Division; Game-Changing Managed 120v Charging - Plugz.io Technologies
Members Note: Meeting audio is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


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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.


LA Launches EV Sharing Program
Apr 27, 2018 - Car sharing goes electric-only in Los Angeles. Members pay a small monthly fee ($5 for most families, $1 for low income households), and then a per-minute usage charge (20 cents standard rate, 15 cents per minute for low income households) each time they use a car. According to LA Downtown News, the initial roll out only features 25 carsbut that will expand to 100 cars, 40 locations and 200 recharging points by the end of the year. By 2021, the goal is to triple in size. (more ...)

We Have Seen the Future of Gas Stations
Feb 1, 2017 - In a future where the worlds car fleet is rapidly transitioning to electric vehicles, gas stations will ultimately become convenience stores where one can spend a few minutes to grab a bite while the car fast charges. Shell has already started the transition while Russia has made it law. (more ...)

CHAdeMO 150 kW Chargers could be deployed in 2017
Jun 2, 2016 - The same plug will be specified but current EVs will still be downward compatible at 50 kW. Even higher power CHAdeMO designs (up to 350 kW) are being considered before 2020 in anticipation of new energy storage methods being widely adopted. Click to view PDF. (more ...)

CBC Story on Atlanta EV Adoption
Dec 2, 2015 - CBC reporter Paul Hunter takes a trip to Atlanta Georgia, a city with the second largest number of electric vehicle registrations in the country. Click "more" to watch the video. (more ...)

Move over, Tesla: electric vehicles are about to be super-sized
May 5, 2015 - Gone are the days of commercially-viable electric vehicles being limited to the realm of flashy sports roadsters and passenger cars. The work-a-day worlds of public transit buses and municipal garbage trucks are offering their own glimpses into a future of zero emissions vehicles. (more ...)

Washington State Governor Proposes Free Toll Lane, Ferries for EVs
Jan 8, 2015 - heraldnet.com - Governor Inslee wants to see a lot more electric vehicles in the state in five years, and he's willing to spend a few million taxpayer dollars to make it happen. His plans include incentives to make it easier to own an EV in hopes of boosting the number in Washington State from 10,000 today to 50,000 by 2020. This is almost 10 times what we have in BC. (more ...)

EVSE Market to Grow at a CAGR of 36% to 2020
Aug 8, 2014 - US, EU are Level 2 leaders in installations, while China expected to deploy thousands of Level 3 stations. (more ...)

BC Connection to new NYC Central Park Horseless Ride
May 24, 2014 - Victoria Times Colonist - Electric drive technology from Errington on Vancouver Island is powering the new Horseless eCarriage designed to replace the horse and carriage trade in New York City. VEVA member Randy Holmquist came up with the electric drive the NYC group needed. (more ...)




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