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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 ...)

EV Charging 100% ByLaws Moving Fast
Jan 23, 2018 - The City of Port Coquitlam has passed today a new bylaw that requires 100% of parking stalls in new single and multi-family homes to have rough-ins installed for 240-volt Level 2 charging. This action follows on the heels of the City of Richmond which approved the same just weeks ago. VEVA was instrumental in the City of Vancouver's decision some years ago to require 20% of new parking to have rough-ins for charging. North and West Vancouver did the same thing as Vancouver but all three municipalities may need to modify their bylaws soon! (more ...)

Jerry Kroll Featured on CBC News
Jan 15, 2017 - Jerry Kroll is the CEO of Electra Meccanica, a local company aiming to bring a single-seat electric car to the global electric car market. "My background is motor sports and all the cars a race car driver wants to drive are single seaters," he told host Gloria Macarenko on CBC's Our Vancouver. The three-wheeled single-seater called Solo, takes less than half the space of a regular car and still offers the driver enough room for a full cart of groceries in its front and rear trunks. (more ...)

Energy Innovator in Duncan BC Now Grows Energy Instead of Strawberries
Feb 8, 2016 - Peter Nix has just installed a ground-level home solar array of 192 panels. The lifespan is 25 years with a theoretical output of 50 kW. However, the daylight output on average is much lower. Nonetheless, he will be selling power back to BC Hydro at a rate somewhere between Tier 1 and Tier 2 rates at 10 cents per kWh. At an installed cost of $145,000 and factoring in energy savings and being a micro-power generation site, Peter forcasts a minimum 4% return on his investment which beats most investments right now. (more ...)

VEVA President Bruce Stout Drives to Halifax and Back Using No Gas
May 27, 2015 - Over 3 weeks and 17,895 km in May 2015, Bruce Stout drove electric (as far as PEI) in time to visit the EV2015V Conference and Trade Show in Halifax. He charged for free courtesy of Sun Country Highway charge stations (and a few Tesla superchargers) along the way. He'll be participating in the E-Mazing Race starting May 27 as he starts his trip back to Vancouver. You don't have to drive cross country to participate in the E-Mazing Race. Enter for free at site and snap a photo at as many stations as you can find. Any EV club with 25 or more registrations wins a SCH charger to be placed at a public location of your choice. See his Photo Blog here

City of North Vancouver Installs a DC Fast Charge
Dec 4, 2014 - The City of North Vancouver today launched the North Shore's first and only DC fast charger. Owners of Nissan Leafs, Mitsubishi i-MiEVs, Kia Soul EVs as well as Tesla Model S with CHAdeMO option will be stopping for up to 30 minutes on their way from other parts of the Lower Mainland as they fill up with an average 10 kWh ($1) worth of electricity. As the vehicles fill up they will be able to explore the 1st and Lonsdale area. Read more about the City of North Vancouver's EV initiatives or click the link to view the videos. (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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EV FAQt
A 12 km trip in an electric car uses the same electrical energy as a string of 100 mini Christmas lights (120 watts) burning for one 24 hour day.

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.


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 ...)

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 ...)

Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020
Nov 19, 2016 - An aggressive 5-year plan set out by Onatrio Premier Kathleen Wynne. Read 86-page pdf in the link .... (more ...)

Why do EVs Depreciate so Fast?
Feb 6, 2016 - Well, it's because of government incentives which range from $5k to $10k depending on what state or province you are in when you purchase the vehicle. So, as soon as you sign the sales agreement, you have an instant 15-25% reduction off the list price. There are many news stories about high EV depreciation which compare the original list price to the current market price, but these stories always forget to mention this major factor!

It's Finally Happened - Electric Cars Dominate Pikes Peak in 2015
Jun 28, 2015 - Precision drifter Rhys Millen came out on top of all comers at Pikes Peak in the 2015 version of the race to 14,000 ft. Instead of closing on the all-time record for the run, he was 30 seconds back from where he wanted to be due to losing half his motors at the halfway point. The fastest gas car was 30 seconds behind Millen. We don't think your average Mustang, Hemi, Ferrari or P85D supercars would have a chance because the Latvian eO inverter and six UK-made pancake motors sport one megawatt (1300 hp) driving a chassis of only 2600 pounds. The 50 kWh in batteries are current technology and they should improve drastically in internal resistance within a few short years. See how the YASA motors are constructed. (more ...)

What Happens to the Grid When Everyone Has an EV?
Feb 3, 2015 - The answer is: nothing much. If everyone has set their timers to charge after midnight at 240v (3 or 6 kW), the load will be even less than the average evening load in the average neighborhood. If you only charge on 120v (1.5 kW) you are not adding much of a load at all. The cost to charge? Between 75 cents and a dollar for the average commuter. (more ...)

Hydrogen Gets Less MPG than Plug-In EVs
Nov 27, 2014 - A little known fact about hydrogen is that for the most part, it takes more energy to create it for use in fuel cells, than it does to put the same energy into a battery. Especially when that hydrogen is derived from petroleum. (more ...)

EV Demand Outstrips Supply on the West Coast
Jun 18, 2014 - Time.com - Not so much in BC but south of the border things are different. Dealers seem to have found the right price point where consumers can lease and drive an EV for less than a comparable gas car - and buyers are waking up to this fact. (more ...)




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