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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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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 ...)

Richmond Ev User Aims To Charge Others Up
Mar 10, 2016 - Richmond News - John Roston, an adjunct professor at the McGill University Schulich School of Music is a Nissan leaf owner in Richmond who has started a website called PlugInRichmond.ca. Presently, there are 26 charging stations in Richmond. There were about 2,400 EVs in B.C. as of mid-2015. ICBC records show only 76 EVs in Richmond, as of December 2014. (more ...)

ElectraFest 2015 Report
Jul 20, 2015 - Georgia Straight - On July 18, the 20th edition of ElectraFest, the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association’s annual get-together, took place in the Concord Pacific parking lot just off Expo Boulevard. With at least a dozen manufacturers exhibiting their wares and free test drives/rides available throughout the day, it was the largest turnout ever for ElectraFest. Scattered among the offerings from manufacturers such as Nissan, Kia, Mitsubishi, BMW, Mercedes, and Tesla were a couple of new kids on the block. (more ...)

VEVA in the News
Jan 8, 2015 - news1130.com - What would it take to get you into an electric car? The Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association thinks policy changes might be enough for British Columbians to start shopping for that new zero-gas-guzzling car. (more ...)

Kelowna Company Brings Classic Cars Into a New Electric Paradigm
Oct 21, 2014 - Imagine driving a new sports car from your adolescence, but one which has modern styling cues, a performance profile and up to date options to match its new electric drivetrain. A Kelowna company is building such cars! (more ...)

Imagine!
Jul 16, 2014 - Imagine waking up one day and looking up at those gas station signs, they all say 19.5 cents a litre ... and it's not a dream! (more ...)

Come to the Monthly VEVA Meeting
Next meeting: TUESDAY Mar 21, 7pm,
Location: Dueck on Terminal in Vancouver.
Agenda: Meet the Bolt EV. Talk by George Heyman, NDP Spokesperson for Environment, Green Economy, and Technology.
Last Meeting - Kelly Carmichael (VEVA): Pre-inspection for buying a used LEAF, Eve Hou (Metro Vancouver): EVCondo.ca — a new resource for condo owners, Blair Qualey (NCDA): EVs in China, Olivia Yau (Inokum): last-mile E-scooters that fold to fit in a small car trunk
Members Note: Meeting audio is usually placed into the Members' Area a week after the meeting, timing varies.


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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
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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 ...)

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 ...)

BC Connection to new NYC Central Park Horseless Ride
May 24, 2014 - Victoria Times Colonist - Electric drive technology from Errington on Vancouver Island is powering the new Horseless eCarriage designed to replace the horse and carriage trade in New York City. VEVA member Randy Holmquist came up with the electric drive the NYC group needed. (more ...)




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