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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 ...)

Canadian Electric Vehicles Featured for New Government Rebates
Jan 27, 2017 - Longtime VEVA member Canadian Electric Vehicles was featured in a press release for new BC Government rebates. The rebates, averaging 10-15% are aimed at industrial/farm/campus vehicles which have been purpose built by CanEV as well as imported large electric buses. (more ...)

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 ...)

Recommendations for a DCFC Network Buildout for BC
Aug 31, 2015 - The Province of BC has renewed funding for the Clean Energy Vehicle Program, which includes an investment for up to twenty new Direct Current Fast Charge (DCFC) stations in the province. This is in addition to thirty stations already planned from the first phase of Clean Energy Vehicle infrastructure investments. A new report identifies critical gaps in the existing and planned DCFC network and provides recommendations to modify the second phase of deployment. Read the report here. (more ...)

Kia SoulEV Named AJAC Green Car of the Year, whilst being Panned by a Kia Dealer
Mar 28, 2015 - insideevs.com - On April 24, 2015, at the Vancouver Auto Show 2015, the Kia SoulEV was named the Auto Journalists Association of Canada Green Car of the Year. Just a day later, a prospective SoulEV customer submitted correspondence from a Vancouver Kia dealer showing how the sales team actively dissuaded them from considering the vehicle. This story has become viral in nature. (more ...)

Renewed EV Incentives Recommended for BC
Nov 13, 2014 - The report on the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services recommends that the government "55. Provide incentives for greater use of electric vehicles, including purchase rebates, provincial sales tax exemptions, and financial support for the installation of chargers in homes and businesses." See link page 37. (more ...)

CHOA Releases Report on Condo EV Charging
Aug 28, 2014 - The installation of EVSEs can upgrade a building in a way that improves air quality, reduces noise pollution and has economic benefits with rising gas prices at the pumps. In addition, British Columbia’s hydro renewable resource makes our province one of the most attractive locations in the world for electric vehicles. (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Feb 21, 7pm,
Location: Metro Vancouver Offices, 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby. Entrance on Kathleen Ave.
Agenda: Pre-inspection for buying a used LEAF, EVCondo.ca — a new resource for condo owners, EVs in China, E-scooters that fit in your trunk
Last Meeting - AGM and EV Policy Report Card presentation by Suzanne Goldberg, SFU
Members Note: Meeting audio is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


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Events Calendar
Community EVents
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  •  Tue Mar 14 to Wed Mar 15 '17
    BC Tech Summit EV Display and Ride n'Drive
    Location: Vancouver, Jack Poole Plaza
    Sponsor: Emotive
    Admission: free
    Contact: Julia Bronson
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  •  Tue Mar 28 to Sun Apr 2 '17
    Auto Show EV Ride n'Drive Volunteers Needed
    Location: Vancouver, Convention Center
    Contact: Julia Bronson
    Email:
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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.



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 ...)

The Carbon Footprint of EVs and Bicycles
Feb 5, 2017 - According to one analyst, driving a Nissan Leaf is cleaner than powering a bicycle rider eating only beef — but only if that Leaf is charged on electricity that was not generated using coal. And consuming an average diet and riding a bike is lower-carbon than an electric car powered on natural gas, but worse than one powered by nuclear, solar, hydro, or wind. We suspect EVs are actually cleaner than mass transit's infrastrure and operational overhead! (more ...)

Lawrence National Lab Finds Short Range EVs Useful with Degraded Batteries
Jan 30, 2017 - Berkeley Lab scientists have determined that even with a 50% capacity fade on a 24 kWh EV battery, the daily travel needs of more than 80% of drivers are still met. They also found that power fade was not apparent at even the 70% degradation level, as the EV drivetrain power was always well under the battery's capacity to provide that power. (more ...)

Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020
Nov 19, 2016 - An aggressive 5-year plan set out by Onatrio Premier Kathleen Wynne. Read 86-page pdf in the link .... (more ...)

Why do EVs Depreciate so Fast?
Feb 6, 2016 - Well, it's because of government incentives which range from $5k to $10k depending on what state or province you are in when you purchase the vehicle. So, as soon as you sign the sales agreement, you have an instant 15-25% reduction off the list price. There are many news stories about high EV depreciation which compare the original list price to the current market price, but these stories always forget to mention this major factor!

It's Finally Happened - Electric Cars Dominate Pikes Peak in 2015
Jun 28, 2015 - Precision drifter Rhys Millen came out on top of all comers at Pikes Peak in the 2015 version of the race to 14,000 ft. Instead of closing on the all-time record for the run, he was 30 seconds back from where he wanted to be due to losing half his motors at the halfway point. The fastest gas car was 30 seconds behind Millen. We don't think your average Mustang, Hemi, Ferrari or P85D supercars would have a chance because the Latvian eO inverter and six UK-made pancake motors sport one megawatt (1300 hp) driving a chassis of only 2600 pounds. The 50 kWh in batteries are current technology and they should improve drastically in internal resistance within a few short years. See how the YASA motors are constructed. (more ...)

What Happens to the Grid When Everyone Has an EV?
Feb 3, 2015 - The answer is: nothing much. If everyone has set their timers to charge after midnight at 240v (3 or 6 kW), the load will be even less than the average evening load in the average neighborhood. If you only charge on 120v (1.5 kW) you are not adding much of a load at all. The cost to charge? Between 75 cents and a dollar for the average commuter. (more ...)

Hydrogen Gets Less MPG than Plug-In EVs
Nov 27, 2014 - A little known fact about hydrogen is that for the most part, it takes more energy to create it for use in fuel cells, than it does to put the same energy into a battery. Especially when that hydrogen is derived from petroleum. (more ...)

EV Demand Outstrips Supply on the West Coast
Jun 18, 2014 - Time.com - Not so much in BC but south of the border things are different. Dealers seem to have found the right price point where consumers can lease and drive an EV for less than a comparable gas car - and buyers are waking up to this fact. (more ...)




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