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Example BC Strata Charging By-Laws Drafted
Jul 29, 2016 - To facilitate the adoption of EV charging in BC stratas, VEVA and multiple levels of government have drafted over several months a set of strata bylaws that might eventually be incorporated into the Strata Act. These example bylaws have been through several revisions by EV advocacy groups and have passed legal reviews. Strata corporations can avail themselves to this resource to act as a guide in handling resident charging requests. (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 ...)

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 EV2015VÉ 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 20, 7pm,
Location: Metro Vancouver Offices, Metrotown office tower
Agenda: BC Green leader speaks, VEVA Strategic Plan, Emotive outreach update
Last Meeting - Michael Webb, worked with the City of Vancouver to suggest solutions for people who do not have a garage for home charging. He did an overview of EVs and charging, with reference to other cities that have provisions for reserved street parking for homeowners with EVs, and showed a provision for running power cabling under sidewalks.
Brad Badelt, Senior Sustainability Specialist with the City of Vancouver is researching residential and commercial curbside EV charging options based on what other cities are doing, and the city plans to launch a pilot program.
Members Note: Meeting audio is placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


Past Meetings

Events Calendar
Community EVents
See complete calendar here
  •  Sat Sep 24   (10-4)
    RiverFest
    Location: New Westminster, Westminster Quay Boardwalk
    Admission: free     [Link]
  •  Sun Sep 25
    BC Rivers Day
    Location: Langley
    Admission: free     [Link]
  •  Wed Sep 28   (9:30-4)
    Clean Technology Expo
    Location: Surrey, Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Avenue
    Admission: free     [Link]
  •  Sat Oct 8
    Cranberry Festival
    Location: Fort Langley
    Admission: free     [Link]
Other Event Links ...

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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!

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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!
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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.



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 ...)

Téo Taxi electric cab fleet hits the streets of downtown Montreal
Nov 26, 2015 - The main test fleet is comprised of Nissan Leafs and Kia Souls. All cars are equipped with meters and prices are similiar to those in other Montreal cabs. Téo Noir, the company's high-end service, is testing 10 black Teslas to compete with limousines in the city. ​In a departure from low-pay and long hours, Téo drivers get paid $15 an hour. They'll also get benefits, including paid vacation days. Téo plans to equip every electric taxi with free wifi and a tablet in the backseat for customers to access TV news, newspapers and streaming music. See video (more ...)

Landlords get charged up for electric cars
Apr 15, 2015 - In the past few years, provinces such as Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia have rolled out different incentive plans for landlords and businesses to install industry-standard charging stations. Coupled with tenant demand, commercial real estate owners and managers have plenty of reasons to invest in these chargers – which, in turn, should increase demand for vehicles themselves. (more ...)

Stranded Assets?
Dec 2, 2014 - Bloomberg.com - A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England. In 2000, Sheikh Yamani, former oil minister of Saudi Arabia, said: "Thirty years from now there will be a huge amount of oil - and no buyers. Oil will be left in the ground. The Stone Age came to an end, not because we had a lack of stones, and the oil age will come to an end not because we have a lack of oil." (more ...)

Nissan Leaf replacement Battery price announced
Jun 30, 2014 - Nissan USA has announced pricing for the replacement of Nissan Leaf battery packs that is surprisingly affordable.Battery replacements are now available for purchase at your certified Nissan LEAF dealers in the United States. The suggested retail price of the Nissan LEAF battery pack is $5,499. This price includes and requires a return of your original battery pack (valued at $1,000) to the dealer in exchange for the new battery. This price does not include tax, installation fees or an installation kit required for 2011 and 2012 vehicles. The MSRP for the installation kit (which includes brackets and other minor parts required to retrofit the newer pack to original vehicles) is approximately $225. Nissan expects the installation to take about three hours. However, dealers set the final pricing, so we recommend confirming with your local retailer. (more ...)

Condo Charging Guide
May 11, 2014 - Plug'n Drive, an Ontario-based EV initiative has created a comprehensive guide to condo charging in Canada. We would like to adopt similar guidelines for BC. (more ...)

Nissan BladeGlider Concept at VANCOUVER AUTO SHOW
Feb 25, 2014 - The Nissan BladeGlider design has a narrow nose section and a wide rear section to aid stability. Propelled by two in-wheel electric motors, it is powered by the lithium-ion battery pack from the production Nissan Leaf. So you might be able to go to a Nissan dealership in the near future and buy your own BladeGlider. See it at the Vancouver Auto Show March 24 to 29. (more ...)

Kia Soul EV in 2014
Nov 2, 2013 - The 2014 Kia Soul EV will be sold around the world, have a 200 km range and is expected to cost $35,000 US. (more ...)




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