Get Plugged In for VEVA News, Events and Media Releases!
VEVA welcomes our new members!
You can't create a solution with the same mindset that created the problem. -- Albert Einstein
  ..:: Local EV News ::.. ..:: Featured ::.. ..:: More EV News ::..
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 ...)

Canadian EV Sales in Detail
Dec 4, 2017 - VEVA Member Matthew Klippenstein who has ben a regular contributor at 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 ...)

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 Feb 20, 2018 at 7pm,
Location: Probably Champlain Heights Community Centre in Southeast Vancouver, 3350 Maquinna Drive. Lots of parking, and a Pub next door.
Agenda: TBA
Last Meeting - It's been 30 years since VEVA was born. We waited a dozen years for the first production EVs to show up. Until then, we were happily electrifying bikes and cars alike. And we even hosted a conversion that was quicker than today's quickest production EV! Also, Alec Tsang from BC Hydro talked about how DC fast charging rates could be structured.
Members Note: Meeting audio is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.

Past Meetings

Events Calendar
Community EVents
See complete calendar here
  •  Wed Mar 14   (7-9 AM)
    Electrifying our Region - Breakfast Seminar
    Location: Vancouver, BCIT downtown, 555 Seymour St
    Sponsor: Metro Vancouver
    Admission: FREE     [Link]
    Contact: Eve Hou
Other Event Links ...

Thinking about getting a modern clean diesel to be green? Think again. It produces an average of 50 times the smog-forming emissions of a gas-burning Prius, twice that of an SUV. It will save you some money on fuel though.

EV Related Forums
Join an growing online community of EVers! Browse these forums and get involved. There are a lot of projects for bikes, cars, batteries, charging and more with knowledge you can apply to your own projects!
DIY Electric Car Forums
V is for Voltage

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.

Possible Federal Budget Support for EVs?
Feb 20, 2018 - Electric Mobility Canada is hoping that their suggestion of waiving the GST on new EV purchases in Canada will be adopted by the federal government. This will certainly increase the adoption rate of EVs outside the three main provinces of Ontario, Quebec and BC. There were nearly 48,000 electric vehicles on Canada's roads last year, up from 29,000 in 2016. Read the article for detailed growth figures. (more ...)

VW announces BEV Microbus (again)
Jan 15, 2017 - Volkswagen announced a new Microbus concept at 2017 Detroit Auto Show and it looks like they should definitely build it.Whether it will become reality, no one knows.The following Link will provide information and Pictures (more ...)

BC2BC Electric Highway Gets $9 Million Boost From California
Feb 23, 2016 - Nearly $9 million in new funding was awarded by the California Energy Commission to build DC fast-charging stations along major routes in the state(I-5, Route 99 and Highway 101). The overall objective is to complete the West Coast Electric Highway which stretches from British Columbia to Baja California. (more ...)

Teo Taxi electric cab fleet hits the streets of downtown Montreal
Nov 26, 2015 - The main test fleet is comprised of Nissan Leafs and Kia Souls. All cars are equipped with meters and prices are similiar to those in other Montreal cabs. Teo Noir, the company's high-end service, is testing 10 black Teslas to compete with limousines in the city. ​In a departure from low-pay and long hours, Teo drivers get paid $15 an hour. They'll also get benefits, including paid vacation days. Teo plans to equip every electric taxi with free wifi and a tablet in the backseat for customers to access TV news, newspapers and streaming music. See video (more ...)

Landlords get charged up for electric cars
Apr 15, 2015 - In the past few years, provinces such as Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia have rolled out different incentive plans for landlords and businesses to install industry-standard charging stations. Coupled with tenant demand, commercial real estate owners and managers have plenty of reasons to invest in these chargers which, in turn, should increase demand for vehicles themselves. (more ...)

Stranded Assets?
Dec 2, 2014 - - A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germanys biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England. In 2000, Sheikh Yamani, former oil minister of Saudi Arabia, said: "Thirty years from now there will be a huge amount of oil - and no buyers. Oil will be left in the ground. The Stone Age came to an end, not because we had a lack of stones, and the oil age will come to an end not because we have a lack of oil." (more ...)

Nissan Leaf replacement Battery price announced
Jun 30, 2014 - Nissan USA has announced pricing for the replacement of Nissan Leaf battery packs that is surprisingly affordable.Battery replacements are now available for purchase at your certified Nissan LEAF dealers in the United States. The suggested retail price of the Nissan LEAF battery pack is $5,499. This price includes and requires a return of your original battery pack (valued at $1,000) to the dealer in exchange for the new battery. This price does not include tax, installation fees or an installation kit required for 2011 and 2012 vehicles. The MSRP for the installation kit (which includes brackets and other minor parts required to retrofit the newer pack to original vehicles) is approximately $225. Nissan expects the installation to take about three hours. However, dealers set the final pricing, so we recommend confirming with your local retailer. (more ...)

Condo Charging Guide
May 11, 2014 - Plug'n Drive, an Ontario-based EV initiative has created a comprehensive guide to condo charging in Canada. We would like to adopt similar guidelines for BC. (more ...)


unique visits since 2003