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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 ...)

EVSE Usage Statistics Released
Oct 6, 2014 - Data from 353 stations installed under the recent provincial Community Charging Infrastructure Fund have been tallied and we have had 45,455 charge events that have saved 106,000 litres of fuel and avoided the production of 255,000 kg of CO2. Green Car Reports Summary. For detailed data, see Fleetcarma link (more ...)

SFU's BC Plug-in Vehicle Owners Survey
Jun 25, 2014 - SFU's School of Resource Environmental Management begins a study July 2014 on how production EV owners in BC use and charge their vehicles. The surveys are all online and also include a 7-day diary. Participants will receive a $50 VISA Gift Card. Invitation (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Oct 15, 2019 7:00-9:30 pm,
Location: BC Hydro Corporate Office, 333 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver. If coming in by Expo Line, hop off at Granville station, walk 2 blocks east along Dunsmuir. When you see a White Spot you are across the street from BC Hydro.
Agenda: Updates on EV Charging station deployment (BC Hydro); Mary Ann's Electric Drive trip story (Harvey Soicher); Sechelt EV Festival report (Hugh, Donovan and Bill); Lighter living: Sustainable lifestyles ( Venkatesh)
Members Note: Meeting audio and a link to the video 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.


Petro-Canada Announces Fast Charging Network
Feb 15, 2019 - Petro-Canada has installed the first of its cross-Canada fast charging network locations in Milton, Ontario. (more ...)

EV Disruption - Oil Sands to Become Stranded by 2022
Oct 5, 2017 - Stanford University futurist Tony Seba spent the last decades studying technological disruptions. He argues that the Electric Vehicle, battery storage, and solar power, along with autonomous vehicles, are a per fect example of a 10x exponential process which will wipe fossil fuels off the market in about a decade. Click on Link to watch video .... (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 ...)

To 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. To 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, To drivers get paid $15 an hour. They'll also get benefits, including paid vacation days. To 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 - Bloomberg.com - 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 ...)




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