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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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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 ...)

BOLTing Across Canada
Jul 11, 2017 - Summer 2017 - VEVA member Buddy Boyd, Gibsons Recycling, goes cross-Canada in a Bolt EV. Check out the blog link by clicking MORE at the bottom!
Other EV Canada crossings of note -
Fall 2008 - History is made. VEVA associate Justin Lemire-Elmore of Vancouver rides cross-Canada on his custom e-Bike using $8.57 worth of power. Link.
Sept 2010 - History is made again. First electric-only car across Canada. UBC/VEVA team Ricky Gu/Colin Mastin and his dog travelled from Vancouver to Halifax (with no support vehicle of any kind) over 13 driving days of 650 km each in a 53 kWh converted 1972 VW beetle before the availablity of any public charging stations! Link
Sept 2010 - Second Canada crossing in an electric car. Mitsubishi fields two i-MiEVs across Canada on a roadshow with a caravan of support vehicles complete with gas generators.
Nov 2014 - VEVA president Bruce Stout crosses Canada in both directions in his Tesla S85 as a participant of the 2014 e-Mazing Race, sponsored by Sun Country Highway and their cross-Canada Level 2 charging network completed in 2012.
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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 Dec 10, 2019 7:00-9:30 pm,
Location: Trev Deeley Motorcycles, 1875 Boundary Rd.
Agenda: VEVA's traditional pot-luck themed year end party
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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EV FAQt
At the oil (tar) sands it takes 3 barrels of water and two tons of the sands to make one barrel of oil. It takes 1/4 of the potential energy of the barrel of oil in precious natural gas reserves to extract that polluting barrel!

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!
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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 ...)

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 ...)

The Carbon Footprint of EVs and Bicycles
Feb 5, 2017 - According to one analyst, driving a Nissan Leaf is cleaner than powering a bicycle rider eating only beef but only if that Leaf is charged on electricity that was not generated using coal. And consuming an average diet and riding a bike is lower-carbon than an electric car powered on natural gas, but worse than one powered by nuclear, solar, hydro, or wind. We suspect EVs are actually cleaner than mass transit's infrastrure and operational overhead! (more ...)

EVs a Big Component of Ontario's 5-Yr Climate Action Plan
Jun 8, 2016 - After consultation with EV industry partners over the last year, Plug'n Drive Ontario has worked closely with Ontario's Ministries to develop a series of practical and comprehensive policy recommendations to help electrify Ontario's transportation sector. Highlights:
-Eliminating Ontario's portion of HST (8%) from new EV purchases. This is in addition to the existing incentive of up to $14,000 off a new EV purchase and $1,000 off the purchase and installation of a home charging station
-A subsidy program for low and moderate income households to replace a gas car more than 12 years old with a new or used emissions-free electric car
-Up to $2 million for Plug'n Drive to establish and operate a facility to showcase electric vehicles and related technology to Ontarians across the Province
-FREE electricity for four years when charging at home overnight
-Building code changes mandating an EV charging plug in all new homes and town-homes
-Mandatory charging infrastructure at all new commercial office buildings and appropriate workplaces
-$10 million for EV education campaigns
-$10 million for electric school bus pilot projects in five communities
Read 85-pg PDF ... (more ...)

More States Form Legislation Madating Apartment Charging
Jan 22, 2016 - EV charging is an important issue. For people who live in apartments or condominiums, getting access to a charging station for an EV can be a problem. If the objective is to make driving an EV a pleasant experience for everyone, this problem needs a solution. EVs should not be restricted only to single family home owners. California Senate Assembly Bill 2565 and the upcoming Maryland's Senate Bill 168 are hints of what's to come.Circuit sharing schemes such as Evercharge which take advantage of the J1772 standard's ability to throttle the charging rate are already on the way. (more ...)

2016 GM Volt Incrementally Better
May 18, 2015 - Chevrolet has completely redesigned its plug-in hybrid Volt for 2016. It's 240 pounds lighter, uses fewer cells but increases energy to 18.4 kWh from 17.1 kWh. Two electric motors make it faster, and the 1.5l gas engine now is rated at 41 mpg vs the previous 37 mpg. The T-pack has been lowered - now the rear seats three. The LG Chem plant in Holland, MI is going from idle to full capacity. See 2016 Volt battery engineering. (more ...)

Nissan and NASA partner to jointly develop and deploy autonomous drive vehicles by end of year
Jan 9, 2015 - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nissan Motor Co., through its North American-based organization, and NASA today announced the formation of a five-year research and development partnership to advance autonomous vehicle systems and prepare for commercial application of the technology. (more ...)

WWF Releases 2014 Canada EV Update Report
Nov 13, 2014 - WWF Canada and plugndrive have released a 19-page report on the 2014 status of EV adoption in Canada. (more ...)

Battery Prices May Already be Dropping - Heads Up Conversion Folks!
May 30, 2014 - Surplus EV battery packs are an early indicator of low pack prices coming down the pipe. The 24 kWh packs from the Renault Fluence (Better Place bankruptcy) which use cells mostly indentical to those in the Nissan Leaf are being resold at $7000 from EVTV. The close-cousin in terms of chemistry are the 16 kWH packs from the GM Volt which are listed online in several places at $2995 full retail, discounted as low as $2300. (more ...)




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