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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
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 ...)

VEVA's 1912 Detroit Electric Featured in The Globe
Jan 30, 2017 - Globe and Mail - Writer Brendan McAleer borrows a Model X to compare with the Edwardian-era luxury electric carriage, the 1912 Detroit Electric. (more ...)

6 ways B.C. is so great for electric vehicles
Apr 6, 2016 - The Vancouver Auto Show showcased a variety of vehicles running on alternative energy sources. The interest in B.C. around alternative energy vehicles, including hydrogen fuel cells, hybrids, and plug-in electrics, has been increasing, and with good reason. The truth is that B.C. is a great place to drive EVs. (more ...)

A VEVA Leaf Does Vancouver to Prince George in 2 Days!
Aug 3, 2015 - Rebecca Abernethy recently took a 150 km EV on a 1600 km round trip. Where there were no Level 2 charge stations, she improvised at homes, campsites and welding shops. Although 120v is at every buliding along the way, she will be reporting on where the opportunities are for installing L2 chargers. (more ...)

First Drive: 2015 Tesla Model S P85D
Jan 8, 2015 - driving.ca - Auto journalist Brendan McAleer takes a spin up the North Shore mountains in the newly available Tesla Model S P85D dual motor, complete with all-wheel drive and Insane drive mode. (more ...)

Rooftop Solar Power for the Masses
Oct 23, 2014 - Vancouver Sun - When Hans Wekking wants to sell someone on the advantages of a home-based solar power system, he talks about the gasoline he's no longer buying since installing his.The Wekkings bought a Nissan Leaf electric car about the same time he put solar panels on the roof of the garage of their Surrey home. He factors the $200 a month he used to spend on gas in with the electricity he generates to determine his system's payback.'Say (the solar system) is $10,000 installed, and you have an electric car - the money you save on gas pays for the system in four years,' Wekking says. (more ...)

Tesla from Victoria Does a 17,000 km Road Trip
Aug 4, 2014 - The Supercharger network has now made coast to coast travel possible for Tesla drivers at no net cost for fuel. A Victoria, BC resident blogs on his trip south into California and onwards to the east coast. (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY May 21, 2019 7:00-9:30 pm,
Location: Champlain Heights Community Centre in Southeast Vancouver, 3350 Maquinna Drive. Arrive early for a parking spot. Bring your own cup for refreshments
Agenda: Chris Bellamy from Jaguar with iPace and other news. Donovan Whistler on integrating solar into a house panel. Peter & Brendon on ElectraFest 2019 with site plans and a call for volunteers.
Members Note: Meeting audio and a link to the video is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


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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.


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 ...)

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 ...)

We Have Seen the Future of Gas Stations
Feb 1, 2017 - In a future where the worlds car fleet is rapidly transitioning to electric vehicles, gas stations will ultimately become convenience stores where one can spend a few minutes to grab a bite while the car fast charges. Shell has already started the transition while Russia has made it law. (more ...)

CHAdeMO 150 kW Chargers could be deployed in 2017
Jun 2, 2016 - The same plug will be specified but current EVs will still be downward compatible at 50 kW. Even higher power CHAdeMO designs (up to 350 kW) are being considered before 2020 in anticipation of new energy storage methods being widely adopted. Click to view PDF. (more ...)

CBC Story on Atlanta EV Adoption
Dec 2, 2015 - CBC reporter Paul Hunter takes a trip to Atlanta Georgia, a city with the second largest number of electric vehicle registrations in the country. Click "more" to watch the video. (more ...)

Move over, Tesla: electric vehicles are about to be super-sized
May 5, 2015 - Gone are the days of commercially-viable electric vehicles being limited to the realm of flashy sports roadsters and passenger cars. The work-a-day worlds of public transit buses and municipal garbage trucks are offering their own glimpses into a future of zero emissions vehicles. (more ...)

Washington State Governor Proposes Free Toll Lane, Ferries for EVs
Jan 8, 2015 - heraldnet.com - Governor Inslee wants to see a lot more electric vehicles in the state in five years, and he's willing to spend a few million taxpayer dollars to make it happen. His plans include incentives to make it easier to own an EV in hopes of boosting the number in Washington State from 10,000 today to 50,000 by 2020. This is almost 10 times what we have in BC. (more ...)

EVSE Market to Grow at a CAGR of 36% to 2020
Aug 8, 2014 - US, EU are Level 2 leaders in installations, while China expected to deploy thousands of Level 3 stations. (more ...)




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