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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 ...)

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 ...)

City of Vancouver's $3M Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Strategy
Nov 18, 2016 - A City of Vancouver sustainability department recommends the adoption of a 5-year Electric Vehicle Ecosystem pilot project to expand access to home, workplace and public charging. The goal is to shift light-duty vehicles away from fossil fuel consumption. See 70-pg Report. (more ...)

Provincial Funds Available for Red Seal Electricians to Take EVITP
Jan 21, 2016 - To support the expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and increase sales of EVs the Province is providing $50,000 to help certified electricians receive training in the installation and maintenance of EV charging stations via the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program. (more ...)

E-Mazing Race 2015 Gets Underway
Apr 16, 2015 - It's not a timed race to finish. It's a unique social phenomenon. Participants with EVs register and download a free app. During the period May 27 - June 24 racers post car selfies at Sun Country Highway Charging stations found all over North America. Official launch is on May 27 from the EV2015VE Tradeshow, Halifax, NS. (more ...)

How far out can I go on a partial charge? How long does it take to charge?
Nov 25, 2014 - Here's a quick way to find out how far you can roam round trip on a single charge. The example map shows a radius of 32 km centered at BCIT. This represents the reasonable range of a Nissan Leaf starting out with an 80% charge and with climate controls in full operation. Although the stated range of the car is 160 km, we have assumed a conservative 80 km, accounting for routing, hills and cabin climate control usage. We also assume no charging at all en route. If you do recharge en route, the Level 2 recharge time for the one-way 32 km trip is 1.5+ hours at 3.6 kW input (pre-2013 models) and 1 hour at 5.7 kW (2013 and newer models) and the energy cost is about 60 cents at 11 cents per kWh. (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Jan 15, 2019 at 7pm,
Location: Champlain Heights Community Centre in Southeast Vancouver, 3350 Maquinna Drive. Lots of parking, and a Pub next door.
Agenda: TBA

Last Meeting - Tesla Model 3 viewing and rides (Kyle Lockhart, Tesla); Update from the President (Bruce Sharpe, VEVA); Electrification agenda and EVs (Jae Mather, Clean Energy BC); Fast charger network update (Mike Wenzlaff, BC Hydro);
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.


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 ...)

Hawaii bill HB793 would impose Fines for Parking Lots without EV Charging
Feb 15, 2017 - In the second most EV-populous state, lawmakers are pushing for fines for parking facility owners who don't provide at least one EV charging station per 100 spaces. Plenty of warning will be given as they'd have 365 days before being issued a first warning. If the owner still fails to abide by the rules, DOT will give then another 270 days before the owner is fined $200 for every day that the place of public accommodation remains in violation. If the owner accrues more than $300,000, DOT will place a lien against the the property. (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 worlds 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 Schren 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 ...)




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