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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 ...)

2018 Brings BC a $2.5M Rebate Program for Electric Work Vehicles
Nov 30, 2017 - BC Minister of Environment George Heyman has announced rebates from $2,000 to $50,000 for battery-powered work vehicles.$2,000 for EV motorcycles, $5,000 for low-speed Might-E series utility trucks manufactured by Canadian Electric Vehicles, $20,000 for delivery or cube trucks manufactured by BYD Auto and $50,000 for EV shuttle bus manufactured by GreenPower Motor Company. Go to www.pluginbc.ca/suvi to apply. (more ...)

Metro Vancouver Now has a Condo Charging Guide
Jan 21, 2017 - Metro Vancouver has launched a website that provides information for strata councils, property managers and residents interested in EV charging in multi-family buildings. The website also features a Registry for EV friendly strata buildings, which populates buildings that have EV charging on a map. Each registered property features the building name, location, information on parking, type / level of charging available, and available information on building bylaws related to EV charging. To add to the Registry, click here. (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 ...)

Government Initiative Needed to Boost Electric Vehicle Use
Jul 15, 2015 - SFU Communications - Canadians want electric vehicles but governments need to help support the market, according to a team of Simon Fraser University researchers. The team has found more than one third of Canadian buyers want an electric vehicle particularly a plug-in hybrid like the Chevrolet Volt. However, less than one per cent of vehicle sales in Canada are electric because of low consumer awareness and limited vehicle choice. The researchers hope that policymakers and politicians will take note of their two recent studies, as discussions on climate change ramp up locally and globally. (more ...)

EVs Can Now Range in Southern BC
Dec 12, 2014 - With some planning, it's now possible to drive much of the lower mainland, Whistler and Vancouver Island in a typical small EV such as the Nissan Leaf. Currently, the southern Interior can be done in the longer range Tesla plug-in because of new Tesla Superchargers in Hope. The shorter range EVs will have to wait for the imminent installation of a fast charger on the Coquilhalla Highway. (more ...)

EVSE Usage Statistics Released
Oct 6, 2014 - Data from 353 stations installed under the recent provincial Community Charging Infrastructure Fund have been tallied and we have had 45,455 charge events that have saved 106,000 litres of fuel and avoided the production of 255,000 kg of CO2. Green Car Reports Summary. For detailed data, see Fleetcarma link (more ...)

EV Wall Calendar - 12 New Local EVs Showcased for 2018
Dave Koehn is offering at cost VEVA 2018 Edition EV Wall Calendars featuring 12 new EVs. This full-colour Cerlox-bound calendar is digitally printed on coated 32-pound paper and displays 17" tall. Each month features a reminder watermark for 2nd Tuesday VEVA meetings and statutory holidays are also indicated. They are available at $12, about $14 including postage if you are out of town. Click here to book your calendar, or call Dave Koehn today at 604-467-6028!

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Next meeting: TUESDAY Dec 12, 7pm,
Location: Electra Meccanica Showroom, 102 E 1st Ave in Vancouver.
Agenda: Christmas Potluck Social
Last Meeting - Energy storage for marine applications - Jeremy Rodriguez (Corvus); Curbside charging pilot - Kelly Carmichael (BCIT)
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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.



EV Disruption - Oil Sands to Become Stranded by 2022
Oct 5, 2017 - Stanford University futurist Tony Seba spent the last decades studying technological disruptions. He argues that the Electric Vehicle, battery storage, and solar power, along with autonomous vehicles, are a per fect example of a 10x exponential process which will wipe fossil fuels off the market in about a decade. Click on Link to watch video .... (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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