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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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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 ...)

UBC Publishes Fast Charging Infrastructure Report
Sep 11, 2014 - This 70+ page report is designed to assist local and provincial authorities in the challenging process of siting and deploying EV fast-charge infrastructure. (more ...)

EVs Can Save Fleet Operators $16k over 7 Years
Jun 16, 2014 - greencarreports.com - a Plug-In BC study concludes that battery-electric vehicles at the low end of today's price range would save fleet operators an average of $16,000 apiece, compared to the vehicles they'd be replacing, over a service life of seven years, for 94% of routes. See Feb 2014 PDF. (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Sept 19, 7pm (3rd Tues),
Location: LIKELY Metro Vancouver offices (Metrotown tower), 10th Flr, 5945 Kathleen Avenue, Burnaby
Agenda: TBA
Last Meeting - Matthew Jurjevich (BYD) - Translink trial of BYD buses; Jim Brisco (VEVA) - Planning, event day, and follow-up for hosting a workplace Earth Day EVent; Bruce Sharpe (VEVA) - Report from EMC conference Montreal and EV show; Jerry Kroll (VEVA) - Public feedback on EVs from an MLA candidate POV; Peter Miller (VEVA) - ElectraFest Planning
Members Note: Meeting audio is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


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Events Calendar
Community EVents
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  •  Fri Aug 11 to Sat Aug 12 '17
    Sleepy Hollow Rod Run and Show
    Location: Sechelt, Downtown
    Sponsor: District of Sechelt, Coasters Car Club
    Admission: Show car entry is $25, free to view     [Link]
    Contact: Bruce Stout at 604-929-6782
    Email:
  •  Sat Aug 12 to Sun Aug 13 '17
    Abbotsford Air Show
    Location: Abbotsford, Emotive Booth
    Sponsor: Fraser Valley Regional District
    Admission: free for volunteers
    Contact: Brendon James
    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.



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
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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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