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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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VEVA's 1912 Detroit Electric Featured in The Globe
Jan 30, 2017 - Globe and Mail - Writer Brendan McAleer borrows a Model X to compare with the Edwardian-era luxury electric carriage, the 1912 Detroit Electric. (more ...)

Canadian Electric Vehicles Featured for New Government Rebates
Jan 27, 2017 - Longtime VEVA member Canadian Electric Vehicles was featured in a press release for new BC Government rebates. The rebates, averaging 10-15% are aimed at industrial/farm/campus vehicles which have been purpose built by CanEV as well as imported large electric buses. (more ...)

VEVA's Government Policy Reommendations
Apr 8, 2016 - Electric vehicle adoption in BC has been slower than hoped. There are many things that the BC provincial government could do to enhance electric vehicle (EV) adoption, and we understand that any action taken must align with and complement current transportation strategies, including other lower emission vehicles. (Read the 14 pg PDF here)

Rebates can give you $10k off a new EV Right Now!
Aug 5, 2015 - The BC Government $5000 rebate which started April 2015 to encourage the purchase of Clean Energy Vehicles is one third subscribed after only 4 months. You can get a further $3250 from a 1999 or older car that you've owned for at least 6 months. These plus dealer incentives can get you into a smartED for under $20,000, or a Nissan Leaf for under $25,000. For more information see CEVforBC and Scrapit

Locally Produced EV will Qualify for the 2015 BC Rebate
Mar 19, 2015 - Click the link to watch the video featuring the BC-made Electrameccanica Sparrow. (more ...)

e-Mazing Race 2014 Entrants Log Tens of Thousands of Kilometers Across Canada's Green Highways
Nov 2, 2014 - During the month of October 2014, e-Mazing Race entrants across North America drove and charged hundreds of times and covered the entire width of the continent. Check out Steve Coram's blog entry. (more ...)

Copper Theives Hit Charging Stations
Aug 19, 2014 - A new phenomenon is becoming fairly problematic for plug in owners in the cities of Surrey and Richmond, BC, both of which form part of the Metro Vancouver area. (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Mar 21, 7pm,
Location: Dueck on Terminal in Vancouver.
Agenda: Meet the Bolt EV. Talk by George Heyman, NDP Spokesperson for Environment, Green Economy, and Technology.
Last Meeting - Kelly Carmichael (VEVA): Pre-inspection for buying a used LEAF, Eve Hou (Metro Vancouver): EVCondo.ca — a new resource for condo owners, Blair Qualey (NCDA): EVs in China, Olivia Yau (Inokum): last-mile E-scooters that fold to fit in a small car trunk
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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  •  Tue Mar 14 to Wed Mar 15 '17
    BC Tech Summit EV Display and Ride n'Drive
    Location: Vancouver, Jack Poole Plaza
    Sponsor: Emotive
    Admission: free
    Contact: Julia Bronson
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  •  Tue Mar 28 to Sun Apr 2 '17
    Auto Show EV Ride n'Drive Volunteers Needed
    Location: Vancouver, Convention Center
    Contact: Julia Bronson
    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.



Lucid Air Electric Car Officially on Sale
Mar 18, 2017 - After Chinese-backed US-based electric car startup Lucid Motors debuted its stunning prototype Lucid Air sedan in December, the vehicle is now officially on sale in the US. At a starting price of US $60,000 before incentives or tax credits, the luxury sports sedan is competitively priced. At a base 2WD and 400hp, it can be optioned to beyond $100k. (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 world’s 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 Schüren 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 ...)

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 ...)




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