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Vancouver's Autonomous Shuttle
Feb 23, 2019 - Autonomous shuttles are one of the main components of the City of Surrey and the City of Vancouver's Smart Cities Challenge bid to create Canada's first two collision-free multimodal corridors using smart mobility technologies.
When: February 23 to March 3 from 12 pm to 6pm weekdays and 10am to 5pm weekends
Where: West 1st Avenue - the shuttle will operate in the westbound lane (north of the existing median)
Pick-up locations: Olympic Village Train Station Parking lot and Manitoba and West 1st Avenue, North West Corner (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 ...)

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 ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY May 21, 2019 7:00-9:30 pm,
Location: TBA
Agenda: TBA
Members Note: Meeting audio and a link to the video is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


Past Meetings
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Events Calendar
Community EVents
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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!
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.


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 ...)

Hawaii bill HB793 would impose Fines for Parking Lots without EV Charging
Feb 15, 2017 - In the second most EV-populous state, lawmakers are pushing for fines for parking facility owners who don't provide at least one EV charging station per 100 spaces. Plenty of warning will be given as they'd have 365 days before being issued a first warning. If the owner still fails to abide by the rules, DOT will give then another 270 days before the owner is fined $200 for every day that the place of public accommodation remains in violation. If the owner accrues more than $300,000, DOT will place a lien against the the property. (more ...)

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 ...)

Tesla Model 3 Details
Jan 29, 2016 - It will bear a family resemblance to the Model S but will be about the size of a BMW 3 series. Available in both sedan and crossover models, the base US price before incentives will be $35,000 ($49,000 Cdn). Of course there will be options galore so you'll see a continuum of pricing from the Model 3, through the CPO and the Model S, X lines. The real-world range will be 320 km. and the battery might be around 60 kWh. Unveiling comes in spring 2016 and orders wil be taken after that. That's all we know so far.

FIA Formula E Series 2015
Jun 12, 2015 - Formula E is a new FIA-sanctioned motorsport featuring purpose-built electric single-seat cars racing on street circuits in the heart of some of the worlds most famous cities. London will be a sellout in this inaugural season. Ten teams with two drivers each will race in 10 world cities. Each event comprises practice, qualifying and the race itself - all on a single Saturday! Each driver will use two cars in the main race, due to limitations in current battery technology. All teams will use the same car in this first year from Spark racing, which takes the motor from the McLaren P1, 28 kWh in batteries from Williams, a chassis from Dallara and tires from Michelin with a 200 kWh limit. In a nod to the connected age, fans will be able to vote online ahead of time to provide extra bursts of energy to their favourite drivers.More info (more ...)

Low Gas Prices Can't Hold Back EV Sales
Jan 10, 2015 - fool.com - If you thought low gas prices could kill the electric vehicle revolution, the industry's record sales in December will come as a big surprise. According to InsideEVs, 12,874 EVs were sold in the U.S. during December, more than any month in history. This comes as gas prices were plunging toward $2 per gallon. (more ...)

Solar Powered Bakery in Germany
Nov 15, 2014 - In the town of Hilden, near Dusseldorf Germany, is a Bakery that uses Photo Voltaic Solar modules to generate the electricity to bake bread and charge Battery Powered cars. Roland Schren is the name of the 4th Generation Baker and the new Bakery that was built in 2012 has Photo Voltaic Modules on the building roof and more PV Modules on the parking structure in front of the Bakery. (more ...)

Norway has 27 Times the EVs Per Capita as BC
Jun 12, 2014 - Think BC has a lot of electric cars? Well, northern Washington State with a similar population has about 8 times more. And just look at Norway. With 15% more population, it has a staggering 31 times more EVs on the road than BC! $5 billion a year leaves the BC economy from the motor fuel we all pay for. Norway has a surplus, and 10 times as many charging stations. Click the link to read the compelling story in BCSEA News. (more ...)




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