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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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Summer 2018 - Lots of New Lower Mainland DC Fast Charge Stations
Jun 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.

Bring an Emotive EV Event or Activity to your community!
May 30, 2018 - Anyone can bring Emotive to engage their community to bring EV awareness. Emotive could provide variously an info table, an EV 101 presentation and EV test drives. Let us know how we can help you promote EVs in your community! (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 ...)

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 ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Oct 16, 2018 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 - Driving on Solar - Penfolds Roofing, Energy-efficient Home - Donovan Whistler, VEVA
Members Note: Meeting audio is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


Past Meetings

Events Calendar
Community EVents
See complete calendar here
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EV FAQt
In 2012, a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists concluded that even in states with the dirtiest electric grids, the carbon impact of driving electric cars is no worse than that the most fuel-efficient gasoline cars.

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!
DIY Electric Car Forums
V is for Voltage
EVforum.net




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.


LA Launches EV Sharing Program
Apr 27, 2018 - Car sharing goes electric-only in Los Angeles. Members pay a small monthly fee ($5 for most families, $1 for low income households), and then a per-minute usage charge (20 cents standard rate, 15 cents per minute for low income households) each time they use a car. According to LA Downtown News, the initial roll out only features 25 carsbut that will expand to 100 cars, 40 locations and 200 recharging points by the end of the year. By 2021, the goal is to triple in size. (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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