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BC Announces 100% Zero Emission Mandate Starting 2024
Nov 20, 2018 - Premier John Horgan has announced that the government will introduce legislation next spring to phase in targets for the sale of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). This legislation will set targets of 10% ZEV sales by 2025, 30% by 2030, and 100% by 2040, as government takes additional steps to make ZEVs more affordable. This is similar to the ZEV Mandate adopted by the state of California some 15 years ago and currently in a dozen other US states. (more ...)

Summer 2018 - Lots of New Lower Mainland DC Fast Charge Stations
Nov 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. (more ...)

Coquihalla DC Fast Chargers Arriving Mar 2018
Feb 6, 2018 - The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has opened the new $4.2-million Loon Lake rest area, approximately 40 kilometres southeast of Merritt. It is a modern 'Class A' facility with running water and flush toilets. It features a contemporary design, separate parking locations for passenger, commercial and recreational vehicles, and a landscaped outdoor area with picnic tables. Two 25 kW DC charging stations and one Level 2 station is installed. (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 ...)

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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.


Alaska to Argentina in a Solar Powered Van
Nov 25, 2018 - These Kickstarter folks are called Route Del Sol, driving a 20-solar-panel powered, 100% Electric Camper Van from Alaska to Argentina and trying to get a message across about our addiction to oil. (more ...)

Where Do Short Range Plugin Hybrids Fit In?
Mar 24, 2017 - We recommend that you avoid the new fleet of very short range plug-in hybrids including the Audi (A3 e-tron); BMW (330e, 740e, X5 xDrive 40e); Mercedes-Benz (C 350e, GLE 550e, S 550e); Porsche (Cayenne and Panamera S E-Hybrids); and Volvo (XC90 T8 'Twin Engine SUV) as these are only a bridge technology to longer range plug-in hybrids coming down the pipe. Setting the bar at 25 miles of EPA-rated range, the following are much closer to all-electric: Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid at 37 miles, Chevrolet Volt at 53 miles, Chrysler Pacifica (plug-in) Hybrid at 33 miles, Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid at 27 miles, Toyota Prius Prime at 25 miles. (more ...)

25 Ontario Canadian Tire Locations to Get EV Chargers
Dec 5, 2016 - AddEnergie and Canadian Tire are partnering to add EV charging to their Gas+ locations in Ontario. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, who participated in Monday's announcement in Toronto, says the federal government will be contributing nearly half of the $1.8 million investment through a loan. The funding is part of the government's commitment to provide $62.5 million for fast-charging stations for electric vehicles as well as natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations along key transportation corridors. The rapid charging costs $20 per hour, with per minute billing, while the standard charging costs $1.50 per hour. Canada's FLO charging network currently includes 70 fast-charging stations. About 65 per cent of the network is located in Quebec, 20 per cent in BC, 10 per cent in Ontario and five per cent in the Maritimes. (more ...)

Ontario has EV Incentives Up to $14,000
Feb 10, 2016 - Ontario has announced extra incentives for people who buy or lease electric vehicles that could boost available help to as much as $14,000. Currently, incentives range from $5,000 to $8,500 per vehicle. The province is increasing that to a range of $6,000 to $10,000 for the purchase or lease of eligible plug-in EVs and will also offer an extra $3,000 incentive for EVs that have battery capacity beyond 30 kWh, and an additional $1,000 if the vehicle has at least five seats. The province is also spending $20M to build EV charging stations. (more ...)

LAPD Tests out BMW i3 and Tesla P85D for Police Duty
Sep 11, 2015 - If this trend takes off, the bad guys don't have a chance, unless they have the same car! (more ...)

Glow in the Dark Paint on Nissan Leaf
Feb 14, 2015 - The Japanese automaker Nissan is showing off a new electric car that might be easier to find at night in one of those giant parking lots.It's accomplished this trick by adding paint called STARPATH that absorbs ultraviolet rays during the day.Then at night, the electric Nissan Leaf actually glows in the dark. (more ...)

Nissan Leaks Development of 400km Range EV Battery
Dec 1, 2014 - hybridcars.com - Following an unintentional disclosure by CEO Carlos Ghosn, Nissan has confirmed it will very soon take the issue of range off of the table. This could severely impact the fuel cell camp. (more ...)

Improved Mitsubishi Electric Racers Take 2nd/3rd Overall at Pikes Peak 2014
Jun 29, 2014 - The Pikes Peak June 29, 2014 saw two MiEV Evolution III tube frame cars with 450kW and four motors take 2nd and 3rd overall a scant 2.4 seconds behind the leader in a field of 130 vehicles which included unlimited open wheel racers and motorcycles from other motorsports classes. Monster Tajima might have been in the top 5 with his improved racer but he did not get an official time due to a transponder problem. The DriveEo dual motored 360 kW Tesla roadster was only able to beat 25% of the field due to rough roads at the top. The climb to 14,000 feet makes turbos a necessity on gas cars due to the rarified air. But electric motors don't need air which is to their advantage. See 20 min video (more ...)




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