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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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Example BC Strata Charging By-Laws Drafted
Jul 29, 2016 - To facilitate the adoption of EV charging in BC stratas, VEVA and multiple levels of government have drafted over several months a set of strata bylaws that might eventually be incorporated into the Strata Act. These example bylaws have been through several revisions by EV advocacy groups and have passed legal reviews. Strata corporations can avail themselves to this resource to act as a guide in handling resident charging requests. (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 ...)

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 ...)

Port Moody Couple Forced to Move Because of Strata Ruling
Sep 3, 2014 - A Port Moody couple has been forced to move after their building’s strata corporation refused to let them charge their electric car, even though an electric outlet was right next to their parking stall. (more ...)

Plugged in with Electric Cars
May 30, 2014 - Watershed Sentinel - Electric cars have all the right stuff when it comes to being green, but there's also the running cost - a small fraction that of gas. And quick enough to put high-end gas drivers in their place! (more ...)

A Modern History of EVs
Since 1990, Califiornia's ZEV mandate which has been adopted as a model for many states, has driven the advent of a significant influx of EV models to the market. This despite the oversupply of oil in the personal transportation marketplace. (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: Wed September 21, 7pm,
Location: TBA
Agenda: TBA
Last Meeting - Michael Webb, worked with the City of Vancouver to suggest solutions for people who do not have a garage for home charging. He did an overview of EVs and charging, with reference to other cities that have provisions for reserved street parking for homeowners with EVs, and showed a provision for running power cabling under sidewalks.
Brad Badelt, Senior Sustainability Specialist with the City of Vancouver is researching residential and commercial curbside EV charging options based on what other cities are doing, and the city plans to launch a pilot program.
Members Note: Meeting audio is placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


Past Meetings

Events Calendar
Community EVents
  •  Sat Jul 23   (noon - 9pm)
    Emotive at Uptown Live
    Location: New Westminster, 6th and 6th     [Link]
    Contact: Peggy Lei
    Email:
  •  Sun Jul 24
    Emotive at Port Moody RibFest
    Location: Port Moody, Rocky Point Park     [Link]
    Email:
  •  Fri Aug 5 to Sun Aug 7 '16   (all day)
    Sleepy Hollow Rod Run and Show
    Location: Sechelt, Downtown
    Sponsor: District of Sechelt, Coasters Car Club
    Admission: free to view
    Contact: Bruce Stout at 604-929-6782
    Email:
  •  Sat Aug 13   (11-6)
    Burrard Inlet Fish Fest (BIFF)
    Location: Port Moody, Rocky Point Park
    Sponsor: Coast Salish Territories (Port Moody)
    Admission: free     [Link]
    Contact: Bruce Stout
    Email:
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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.



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 ...)

LAPD Tests out BMW i3 and Tesla P85D for Police Duty
Sep 11, 2015 - If this trend takes off, the bad guys don't have a chance, unless they have the same car! (more ...)

Glow in the Dark Paint on Nissan Leaf
Feb 14, 2015 - The Japanese automaker Nissan is showing off a new electric car that might be easier to find at night in one of those giant parking lots.It's accomplished this trick by adding paint called STARPATH that absorbs ultraviolet rays during the day.Then at night, the electric Nissan Leaf actually glows in the dark. (more ...)

Nissan Leaks Development of 400km Range EV Battery
Dec 1, 2014 - hybridcars.com - Following an unintentional disclosure by CEO Carlos Ghosn, Nissan has confirmed it will “very soon take the issue of range off of the table.” This could severely impact the fuel cell camp. (more ...)

Improved Mitsubishi Electric Racers Take 2nd/3rd Overall at Pikes Peak 2014
Jun 29, 2014 - The Pikes Peak June 29, 2014 saw two MiEV Evolution III tube frame cars with 450kW and four motors take 2nd and 3rd overall a scant 2.4 seconds behind the leader in a field of 130 vehicles which included unlimited open wheel racers and motorcycles from other motorsports classes. Monster Tajima might have been in the top 5 with his improved racer but he did not get an official time due to a transponder problem. The DriveEo dual motored 360 kW Tesla roadster was only able to beat 25% of the field due to rough roads at the top. The climb to 14,000 feet makes turbos a necessity on gas cars due to the rarified air. But electric motors don't need air which is to their advantage. See 20 min video (more ...)

Earth Day 2014: Electric cars at a 'tipping point'
Apr 24, 2014 - CBC News - Duncan McCue heads to the heart of car culture, Los Angeles, for a documentary on the future of electric vehicles on The National on CBC News Network and CBC Television. (more ...)

Turn a Model S into a Camper?
Dec 7, 2013 - Yes, he's serious. 2 Vanagons + 1 Tesla-S battery and drivetrain equals a new Otmar 'Zilla' Ebenhoech creation. See Blog. (more ...)

Trip Planning 2015 for Tesla Drivers
Oct 21, 2013 - The Tesla Supercharger network will look like this in 2015. which means that most Tesla Model S owners can drive all of interurban North America at no charge for fuel with most fillups taking about as long as a quick coffee break.




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