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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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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 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 Sept 19, 7pm (3rd Tues),
Location: Metro Vancouver offices (Metrotown tower), 10th Flr, 5945 Kathleen Avenue, Burnaby
Agenda: Greg Simmons of BC Hydro will talk EV charging. Kelly Carmichael of BCIT will talk about the City of Vancouver's charging fee plans.
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
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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.



Where Do Short Range Plugin Hybrids Fit In?
Mar 24, 2017 - We recommend that you avoid the new fleet of very short range plug-in hybrids including the Audi (A3 e-tron); BMW (330e, 740e, X5 xDrive 40e); Mercedes-Benz (C 350e, GLE 550e, S 550e); Porsche (Cayenne and Panamera S E-Hybrids); and Volvo (XC90 T8 'Twin Engine SUV) as these are only a bridge technology to longer range plug-in hybrids coming down the pipe. Setting the bar at 25 miles of EPA-rated range, the following are much closer to all-electric: Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid at 37 miles, Chevrolet Volt at 53 miles, Chrysler Pacifica (plug-in) Hybrid at 33 miles, Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid at 27 miles, Toyota Prius Prime at 25 miles. (more ...)

25 Ontario Canadian Tire Locations to Get EV Chargers
Dec 5, 2016 - AddEnergie and Canadian Tire are partnering to add EV charging to their Gas+ locations in Ontario. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, who participated in Monday's announcement in Toronto, says the federal government will be contributing nearly half of the $1.8 million investment through a loan. The funding is part of the government's commitment to provide $62.5 million for fast-charging stations for electric vehicles as well as natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations along key transportation corridors. The rapid charging costs $20 per hour, with per minute billing, while the standard charging costs $1.50 per hour. Canada's FLO charging network currently includes 70 fast-charging stations. About 65 per cent of the network is located in Quebec, 20 per cent in BC, 10 per cent in Ontario and five per cent in the Maritimes. (more ...)

Ontario has EV Incentives Up to $14,000
Feb 10, 2016 - Ontario has announced extra incentives for people who buy or lease electric vehicles that could boost available help to as much as $14,000. Currently, incentives range from $5,000 to $8,500 per vehicle. The province is increasing that to a range of $6,000 to $10,000 for the purchase or lease of eligible plug-in EVs and will also offer an extra $3,000 incentive for EVs that have battery capacity beyond 30 kWh, and an additional $1,000 if the vehicle has at least five seats. The province is also spending $20M to build EV charging stations. (more ...)

LAPD Tests out BMW i3 and Tesla P85D for Police Duty
Sep 11, 2015 - If this trend takes off, the bad guys don't have a chance, unless they have the same car! (more ...)

Glow in the Dark Paint on Nissan Leaf
Feb 14, 2015 - The Japanese automaker Nissan is showing off a new electric car that might be easier to find at night in one of those giant parking lots.It's accomplished this trick by adding paint called STARPATH that absorbs ultraviolet rays during the day.Then at night, the electric Nissan Leaf actually glows in the dark. (more ...)

Nissan Leaks Development of 400km Range EV Battery
Dec 1, 2014 - hybridcars.com - Following an unintentional disclosure by CEO Carlos Ghosn, Nissan has confirmed it will very soon take the issue of range off of the table. This could severely impact the fuel cell camp. (more ...)

Improved Mitsubishi Electric Racers Take 2nd/3rd Overall at Pikes Peak 2014
Jun 29, 2014 - The Pikes Peak June 29, 2014 saw two MiEV Evolution III tube frame cars with 450kW and four motors take 2nd and 3rd overall a scant 2.4 seconds behind the leader in a field of 130 vehicles which included unlimited open wheel racers and motorcycles from other motorsports classes. Monster Tajima might have been in the top 5 with his improved racer but he did not get an official time due to a transponder problem. The DriveEo dual motored 360 kW Tesla roadster was only able to beat 25% of the field due to rough roads at the top. The climb to 14,000 feet makes turbos a necessity on gas cars due to the rarified air. But electric motors don't need air which is to their advantage. See 20 min video (more ...)

Earth Day 2014: Electric cars at a 'tipping point'
Apr 24, 2014 - CBC News - Duncan McCue heads to the heart of car culture, Los Angeles, for a documentary on the future of electric vehicles on The National on CBC News Network and CBC Television. (more ...)




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