- February 21, 2017 - Kelly Carmichael, Eve Hou, Inokum Mobility
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
- January 17, 2017 - Suzanne Goldberg
AGM meeting preceded by EV Policy Report Card presentation by Suzanne Goldberg, SFU
- December 13, 2016 -
VEVA Xmas Party at Electra Meccanica, 1st and Quebec. We saw the Solo prototype chassis.
- November 15, 2016 - Philippe Corbeil, Bruce Sharpe
New Electric Car Rentals: Philippe Corbeil, Ecomoto. VEVA communications plan: Bruce Sharpe, VEVA
- October 18, 2016 - Ian Neville, Morgan Maryk
Ian Neville, City of Vancouver - City of Vancouver’s EV Ecosystem Strategy;
Morgan Maryk, CEO, ReCharged - ReCharged: Bringing you free EV charging
- September 20, 2016 - Andrew Weaver, Bruce Sharpe, Emotive
BC Green leader Andrew Weaver spoke; VEVA 2016-2019 Strategic Plan presented by vice-president Bruce Sharpe; Emotive outreach update
- May 18, 2016 - Kelly Carmichael, Gordon Deans
Kelly Carmichael's travels to BC's Interior on DC Fast Charge in a 100km EV. Gordon Deans: Load sharing to support cost-effective EV charging.
- April 20, 2016 - Ryan Davis, Dan O'Shea, J-M Toriel
Ryan Davis from Fraser Basin Council talked about BC MURB charging grants now available. Dan O'Shea, Chargepoint Sales (Northwest) talked up the Chargepoint network and the upcoming internetwork billing standards. J-M Toriel toured us through his new co-housing solar charging setup with 23 kW in 90 panels and grid-tie microinverters. Currently there are two Chargepoint units at two parking stalls, with 40A rough-ins to every other stall. Co-housing is where a number of owners buy land and build their own MURB at cost, no developer.
- March 16, 2016 - Dennis Olson
Photo Voltaic charging talk by installer Dennis Olson from the Sunshine Coast who actually drives on solar. He says that costs are lower, installation is easier, and all the issues that plagued solar just a couple of years ago are gone.
- February 17, 2016 - Kelly Kienleitner
EVITP Training Details (Kelly), emotive - The EV Experience (Ryan)
- January 20, 2016 - Dueck on Terminal
Dueck showed their new 2016 Volt in blue. Also, details were released on the new 60 kWh 2017 Bolt.
After past-year summaries by the current directors, 5 new directors were elected by acclamation:
Bruce Stout, J-M Toriel, Suzanne Fairley, Paul Carter, Randy Rinaldo
- December 16, 2015 - J-M Toriel
Xmas gathering was at Electra Meccanica on 1st and Quebec where we saw their current 3-wheelers.
Also, J-M Toriel was back from Paris and talked about his COP21 experience.
- September 16, 2015 - Victor Martinez
Victor Martinez from Kwantlen's Wilson School of Design talked about his concept for an open source car and called for assistance from the community for a local proof-of-concept implementation.
Bruce Sharpe talked about his 12,000 mile round trip to the US east coast while charging almost exclusively at Tesla Superchargers.
- July 15, 2015 - Rebecca Abernethy
Rebecca talked about her trip from east Vancouver to Hope, then Boston Bar, Lytton, Lillooet, Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish and back to Vancouver to do a south coast loop on the weekend in her 2013 Leaf. She was pleased to report that the 149.5 km journey was done on one full charge at full highway speeds on highway 1 (defined as going the speed limit, +/- 5km/h, and keep in mind the speed limit about half of the distance is 110 km/h), in the rain, arriving with about 5% charge remaining. She did a few laps around Hope just to further bolster her longest trip record, and pulled up to the charger when upon reaching the turtle mode at 156.6 km!
- June 17, 2015 - Bruce Stout
VEVA President Bruce Stout did a show and tell about his 17,895 km drive from Vancouver to PEI - and back using NO GAS - charging for free. See blog HERE.
- May 20, 2015 - Chairiot Demo, 2016 Chevy Volt Preview
The Wolfe Mobility Chairiot was driven into the Dueck showroom and demonstrated with a chair.
About to receive Transport Canada certification as an NEV, it's sized for traditional wheelchairs
and small powerchairs. List price will be $23,500 before grants.
Dueck had the Cadillac ELR and Volt vehicles to show and talked about the completely new 2016 Volt.
Peter Miller summarized the plans and volunteer assignments for our upcoming ElectraFest show.
- April 15, 2015 - Wolfe Mobility
Featured: Wolfemobility.ca showed a novel NEV for the handicapped that has a rear entry door for wheelchairs. Also, developers talk about a new social media app designed for the Model S and future cars with web browsers. You could display your team's locations or even car parameters via OBD-II as you drive! The API will be made available to developers.
- March 18, 2015 - David Flather, Mahsa Jamsaz
David Flather of Pinnacle Innovations presented ELCO motors for marine applications as well as a complete line of energy storage solutions. Mahsa Jamsaz, representing BC Sustainable Energy Association asked for VEVA support for the upcoming April 24 Science World EV display and test drive event, now into its second year.
- February 18, 2015 - Bill Hayley, Don Chandler
Bill Hayley presented an entertaining slide and video show of his 30 foot 1960s powerboat conversion to pure electric drive. Don Chandler presented a new online summer trip planning tool using as examples today's 100 km range EVs. There definitely is some support for EVs and alternative fuels in the Provincial Budget and some conjectures were put forth.
- January 17, 2015 - Kelly Kienleitner
Kelly Kienleitner, trainer with IBEW Local 213, did an overview of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) for certifying Red Seal electricians as EV charging installers, starting with a complete history of EVs.
Don Chandler reported on governments.
AGM with elections. Re-elected mostly the same slate as last year.
Bruce Stout covered event plans for 2015, reviewed 2014 events.
Sun Country Highway announced their plans for 1000 charger installs across Canada in 2015/2016
Heather Clarry reported on Victoria Chapter events from Victoria
- December 20, 2014 - Year-end Social
Christmas gathering with food. Last meeting at Main St and 2nd Ave Vancouver location. Future meeting locations might vary.
- October 16, 2014 - Scott Fleenor/Landon Aldridge, Terratek Energy Solutions
Scott and Landon of terratek.ca gave an excellent presentation on the advantages of Solar Photo Voltaic installations over Solar hot water and an increasingly logical cost justification.
Mike Thompson of Dueck GM provided us with an overview of the Chevrolet VOLT and the Cadillac ELR as well as test drives of the Cadillac ELR.
Don Chandler discussed the importance of writing to your local government MLA based upon the letter that VEVA sent to the Government Minister about budget items for the spring budget. Please write them this week using the link below, this will only take 5 minutes and will make a huge impression.
Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services
Room 224, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Rob MacGregor talked about the E-Mazing race that Sun Country is sponsoring that is really a rally and opportunity to promote Battery Powered Vehicles.
SATURDAY November 1st is the end of this event at Concord Place where VEVA held ELECTRAFEST this summer. Plan to attend with your EV as we want to fill this parking lot with vehicles so the media will cover this event and we can help more people understand why we have purchased these Battery Powered Electric Vehicles.
Please take the 3 minutes to register for this event at https://suncountryhighway.ca
If VEVA has 25 registrants then Sun Country will donate a SC40 Charging Station to VEVA and we can think of a number of locations where VEVA members would benefit from its installation.
Please tell everyone you know about the FREE OEM EV Ride N Drive Oct 27 all day till 7pm at BC Hydro, 333 Dunsmuir. Register in the lobby! More info from Vanadis at 604-488-5362.
EMC (Electric Mobility Canada) conference will take place from Oct 28-30 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. http://emc-mec.ca/ev2014ve/en/at-a-glance.html
This conference provides a technical insight into the future of Battery Powered transportation in Canada.
The Trade Show is open to the public Thurs Oct 30 from 17:00-19:00. This is a great opportunity to attend this event at no cost and see the exhibits.
- September 1, 2014 - Sumeet Gulati, UBC Associate Professor
Pre - Eric Smith from semaconnect.com showed his company's well-designed Level 2 EVSE.
Featured - Discussion of EV incentives with Sumeet Gulati, Associate Professor at UBC and co-author of Green Drivers or Free Riders? An Analysis of Tax Rebates for Hybrid Vehicles.
Post - Don Chandler, on VEVA's EV incentive wish list for the BC government.
- July 16, 2014 - Various Speakers
Announcement - Robert Shaw - 24v 10 amp 250W Solar Panel group purchase
Bruce Sharpe - website
Alec Tsang, BC Hydro re Fast Charging
Fast Charging Cost Setting Discussion with Alec
Peter Miller - ElectraFest
General Discussion re targeting a younger demographic
- June 18, 2014 - Various Speakers
Kelly Carmichael - BCIT GAIT Giant Solar Carport - 2 DC Fast Chargers
Matthew Klippenstein - Report from Gronn Bil (“green car”) - Progressive EV and Energy Policy has made Norway very wealthy
Bruce Stout - Short mention of EF2014 Poster
Dian Ross (BC Hydro) - DC Fastcharge Locations in BC - update
Steam Powered Vehicle conversion concept
Peter Miller - Electrafest planning, Emotive launch, Saturday EVs and coffee at lower mainland charging stations, summer events
- May 21, 2014 - Various Speakers
Suzanne Goldberg (SFU) - Multi-University Research Project. Online survey for EV owners, reporting on general Vehicle use and charging, 7-day trip and charging log, how well your EV fits your own requirements.
Ron Prudhomme (BCAA) - Diary of his Nissan Leaf trip to Vernon and back. The trip was eventful in that two fast chargers were not working en route.
Bruce Stout (VEVA) - Summer Local Events and VEVA Advocacy Summary.
Dian Ross (BC Hydro) - DCFC Survey for EV Owners - 7 out of 12 DC Fast charge stations installed in Phase 1. In a nod to Ron Prudhomme and others, the Coquilhala Highway station is most likely to be installed at the Britton Creek rest area along with some level 2 stations. Now it's time to consider where to place the remaining 15 stations for Phase 2 for a total of 27 stations.
Peter Miller (VEVA) - ElectraFest Planning
Bruce Stout and others (VEVA) - Summer Events on the Sunshine Coast, North Vancouver, New Westminster, etc
- April 16, 2014 - John Stonier
Presentation: Are Electric Cars Here to Stay?
- March 27, 2014 - Jim Black
Our special guest, Jim Black was one of the earliest local EVangelists, described the experience of leasing a GM EV1 in BC back in 1995 when it was called the Impact. There was not another electric car as well engineered and built despite it having lead acid batteries.
- February 19, 2014 - The entire group
Topic - Why we drive Battery Powered Electric Cars
What made us buy into electric cars? Owners and visitors one by one shared
personal experiences and explained why and how they came to they go electric.
Satisfaction and lack of environmental inpact was pretty much 100% from what the group said.
- January 15, 2014 - Rob MacGregor
Rob MacGregor did a slide show on the Sun Country Highway sponsored EV Car Rally in 2013 from Seattle WA to Summerside PEI via Vancouver and all points in-between.
Bruce Sharpe talked about the new website coming in 2014.
Don Chandler talked about his work with governments past, present and future.
- December 18, 2013 - VEVA AGM, elections and seasonal gathering
The board of directors elected in alphabetical order were:
Heather Clarry, Marlaina Elliott, Matthew Klippenstein, Bruce Sharpe, Bruce Stout, J-M Toriel.
- November 21, 2013 - Edelman Public Relations
Mahafrine Petigara and Steven Park from Edelman Public Relations discussed their findings so far to help build a communications plan to raise awareness/promote uptake of electric vehicles. They engaged VEVA members to give their opinions and experiences.
- October 16, 2013 - Tesla Model S Focus
TESLA factory reps and several Tesla Model S owners were available to answer questions. Much discussion about charging. Sun Country Highway plans to cover the circle routes in BC soon. Rides were given at the end of the meeting.
- September 18, 2013 - Members' Circle
The meeting offered literally a circle discussion on how VEVA should plan to meet the needs of a growing community of EV owners. As promised, Robert Shaw brought an example setup (less than $100) to adapt a wire-in Level 2 EVSE (about $700) to a typical dryer socket.
- August 21, 2013 - Robert Shaw
The meeting featured highlights from the recent Sechelt Rod Run and car show. Robert Shaw talked about car camping on the Sunshine Coast as far as Lund with his Leaf and how with an an external 12 volt to 110 volt kilowatt inverter, he had the resources of his 20 kWh vehicle pack to draw on. He also described how to charge from a dryer outlet with a 90 foot extension cord and an adapter to an EVSE. He will be holding a hands-on adapter building workshop - please contact Robert at 604-738-2641 ahead of time if interested.
- July 17, 2013 - Randy Taylor
Bruce Stout lead a discussion, planning for ElectraFest 2013.
Randy Taylor gave a talk about his BC2BC EV rally experience - and it was very interesting trip. The projector was missing an adapter cable so we huddled around the presentation on his MacBook. You can read his blog at http://hobiemon.blogspot.ca/
- June 19, 2013 - Various
- Carshare: 23 Nissan Leafs available in Montreal this summer
- Fresh Market in West Vancouver cuts one charging station
- Demographic Data for Charge-to-Go rebate program
Demo / Presentation
- Bosch charging stations - Jean-Michel Toriel of Big Green Island
- G-Zero Series (Electric Go-Karts) getting started
- Kelly Carmichael described his record-setting 1430 km 2-day LEAF round trip to Eugene, Oregon
- Intro visitors
- Summer VEVA activities announcement - Bruce Stout
- May 15, 2013 - EVSE Extravaganza!
Meeting Minutes May 15, 2013
Meeting started at 7:00 PM
Meeting began with a welcoming and introduction of people in the room, who they were, do they have an electric car, etc.
Dale Lutz presented a Power Point slide show on his visit to the Tesla factory and the purchase of his new Tesla S. Included in that was his enjoyment of his Tesla and subsequent follow up visit to the factory.
Charlotte Argue from the Fraser Basin Council presented a Power Point presentation on the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund (CCIF) called Expanding the charging network in BC Sean Allen did a presentation on DC Fast Charging.
Hazel Rempel, West Energy Solutions Manager, from Nedco used power point to highlight some of the EV charging stations and equipment that are available from her company. She also handed out brochures with a sample water container.
Bruce Stout discussed Electrafest and called for volunteers. Katie, Yve, and Don volunteered to coordinate this event.
Bruce announced that the next coffee shop meeting for EVs is at the charging stations in the upper parking lot at Brentwood Mall, corner of Lougheed Hwy and Willingdon Ave.
- April 17, 2013 - LEAF Discussion Lead by Robert Shaw
Meeting Apr 17, 2013
Start 19:00 Finish 21:30
Steve from Motorino brought in his blue Vespa like scooter with Lithium Ion battery pack. He talked about the Earth Day celebration. Don Chandler Introduced Steve and praised his many years of service to VEVA and gave several notable examples, not the least of which was his help in the restoration work of the VEVA trailer.
Rob Shaw made the following announcements:
Metro Town Mall is opening 6 new EV charging stations. He asked for volunteers to bring their EVs for this event and photop.
Saturday apr 18th. Another photo op at the new Horseshoe Bay charging stations at 11:30. Rob requested volunteers be there at 10:00
Rob offered his now famous “Battery Powered” magnetic signs to new EV owners.
Rob’s “Battery Powered” sign is now on the back cover a British Electric Vehicle Association magazine. Bruce Stout opened the floor to the open discussion of new EV owners and how they were experiencing the EVs:
1) Question: Can the Nissan Leaf be charged from a 110V extension cord? Rob McGregor replied that the Leaf senses the power cord capacity and will not charge beyond the power lines capacity. He recommended that if you are charging from a 110 V power cord that you get a power cord with a larger diameter guage wire to reduce line losses.
2) How does a Leaf charge? Answer: It charges at full power available up to about 80% capacity and then reduces the charge rate to slowly charge up to full capacity.
3) If using GFCI outlet does the Leaf trip the circuit breaker Answer: Katie replied it does not. If you are experiencing problems there may be a fault in the GGCI circuit.
4) What kinds of costs and problems do you have installing your outlet or charger? E.g. What is the average cost? Nissan for example insists on their preferred installer, but this is not necessary as long as the charger is installed by a qualified electrician. One member paid $1,300 for the cost of running the 220V line to the garage. Rob McGregor specified a cost of $2,900 for the charger an installation , but the installation point must be no more than five feet from the electrical panel. Clearly, the costs vary and must be assessed on an individual basis.
5) Bruce Stout showed a plastic tray for the Nissan Leaf glove box to keep things organized.
6) Drivers of EVs tend to have the range extended over time as they become more aware of driving efficiently.
7) The Leaf is the fastest car in reverse, i.e. it can go backwards as fast as it can go forwards because the motor is direct drive and there is no transmission.
8) The air conditioning use does not seem to affect the range or if it does it will not be by much. Depending on when you turn it on or off it may not immediately update the computer, i.e. air conditioning may still be running even though you are not cooling the car.
9) Rob Shaw has service manuals on CD for the Leaf
10) What about driver safety re speeding and quietness? It is so quiet you have to be conscious of your speed. The US now requires a sound to be generated so pedestrians can here the car.
11) The tires on the Leaf are designed for minimum rolling resistance but some owners say this detracts a little from cornering. Changing the tires improves cornering but reduces range
12) The backup camera gets rain drops on it and has obscured vision. Peter has made a plastic hood that acts line an umbrella and prevents rain drop build up.
13) What is the left SD slot in the GPS for? The right SD slot is the one for the maps the GPS uses. The left optional one is for an SD card to record your points of interest such as restaurants, or charging stations.
14) Rob Shaw distributed signs to EV owners for the dashboard when the car is plugged in to a public charging station. The card has two sides, one says “OK to unplug” and the other side says “Please do not unplug”
Roberto DePaschoal of TKBE Industries presented his patented process design for a swappable battery pack on EVs. He patented this process in the era of the EV 1. His email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- March 20, 2013 - A 1000 km road trip in a LEAF
Kelly Carmichael took an extended winter trip of 1,000 km into the USA.
Lots of details and lessons learned.
Some gotchas - Nissan cautions that the pack heats up too much if fast charging is used more
than once per day, and it takes more than 24 hours to cool down!
So maximum daily drive must be under 300 kms.
Charger products and their installations have both been too rushed, human factors were ignored.
For examples, all the chargers with touchscreens were only semi-functional in our rainy climate.
Also, no way to determine if a given charger is up or not.
Carwings does not work cross-border - presumably a Nissan scheme to prevent cross border
trade of cars.
This had the effect of no connectivity or stats while across the line!
At least all the charging was free.
After the short meeting, everyone went out to check out the TWO Tesla Model S Signature Series,
one red and one dark green which came out to the meeting.
Finally, Jack Chung from thebigkids.ca brought an intriguing folding electric bike with
smallish wheels, that shrunk rather than folded into a 22x24 inch form that is perfect
for roaming about while charging at EVSEs.
- February 20, 2013 - Condo Charging continued
Two brand new Mia Electric cars were trailered to the meeting, with everyone poring over them. David Carley commented on the success of the LEAF display at Whole Foods Park Royal. The meeting proper was about condo charging strategies and started rather late but generated a lot of enthusiasm as it went. BC Hydro may become a defacto supplier yet!
- January 16, 2013 - Condo Charging Brainstorming
We brainstormed ways to facilitate EV charging in strata corporations. We had limited time and used it up so, to-be-continued next meeting. Video was not taken. Mike Schuler gave us a capsule summary of load balancing and accounting schemes being explored by the EVSE industry.
- December 19, 2012 - (Xmas potluck)
This turned into an extraordinary brainstorming session.
- November 15, 2012 - JM Toriel
J-M brought news from the EV2012 conference and tradeshow in Montreal that had 563 attendees.
- October 17, 2012 - 2012 AGM
This month was the much delayed AGM.
The SE1 cafeteria where we met for years is no longer under control of BCIT
and so we moved to BCIT building NE1 which is just across from BCAA.
Newly elected are
- Bruce Stout, North Vancouver, president
- Ron Burton, Port Moody, secretary
- Robert Shaw, Vancouver, Treasurer
- Heather Clarry, Victoria, member at large
- Marlaina Elliot, member at large and Sidney BC director of development
Further business -
Don Chandler presented the results of our members' response to the provincial EV survey. Robert Shaw addressed the need to strategically focus on production EV owners instead of ICE convertors.
- September 19, 2012 - Craig Carmichael, inventor
Craig Carmichael from Victoria BC showed off an amazingly large number of original
home-power-style inventions. Many details are publicly available on his site at
Demonstrated was his planetary gear EV drive proof-of-concept three years in the
making - the Electric Hubcap.
- June 20, 2012 - Kody Baker, Perkuna Engineering
Kody gave us an insight into the engineering and tools behind a factory glider EV conversion. The second part of the talk was all about the J1772 charging interface standard, emphasizing its simple-mindedness and its shortcomings. Also detailed was a simple plan to modify an existing EV to accept the J1772 charge plug.
- April 18, 2012 - John Stonier
John Stonier presented Part 1 of his Boxster conversion. An impressive engineering feat considering that John's background is accounting. Also, Robert Shaw showed off the newest Prius plug-in conversion kit from Enginer.
- March 21, 2012 - Mark Ergetowski, Martin Waliszewski
Mar 21 was about European name-brand e-bikes. Mark Ergetowski from Evolution Bikes showed BH Emotion ebikes in a complete presentation. Also, Martin Waliszewski from transportation-alternative.ca showed the Bullitt cargo bike. Betty Liang, a rep of new rugged hi-cycle, hi-capacity lead-oxide batteries (Firefly done right) also spoke. For the first time we broadcast our meeting live on Justin.tv.
- February 15, 2012 - Dave Elderton
Dave Elderton talked up Sparky, his speedy GBS Lithium powered electric catamaran project.
- January 18, 2012 - Alec Tseng, BC Hydro
Alec talked about active EV charging infrastructure projects in Vancouver
and planned for BC. The main objective was to address the chicken-and-egg problem
of EVs and charge points.
A power distribution diagram was shown to identify
the weak links in the chain when talking about mass adoption of EVs. Actually,
the weak links are almost always at the neighbourhood level - transformers in the
50 kW range that supply a dozen or two residences. Thse are typically loaded to
200% due to conservative construction, cool ambient temperatures and little
air conditioning usage in the summers.
The psychology of charging was hinted at - most EV drivers will not likely use
the public charge points in their own neighbourhood, with home and at-work charging
comprising the bulk of the charging activity.
The BC Government is funding the pilot to the tune of $11 million immediately.
Vancouver's EV early adopter geo-distribution assumption is based upon the
clustering of hybrid owners over the last several years. Maps of Vancouver and
transportation corridors in the province showed more rigorous planning compared
to the recent ad-hoc installation of charge points in the US cities and highways
upon a recent federal initiative.
A smart grid concept was shown. Of course most of the standards have not yet
gelled which is why is was just a bit blurry in places. As an example, the
plugs for DC fast charging have two camps currently - the Japanese CHAdeMO
standard and the US/German version which integrates the AC charging J1772
standard into the same plug as DC Level 2.
There is AC Levels 1 and 2 and DC Levels 1, 2 and 3.
Some of these are not yet defined.
- December 21, 2011 - Justin Lemire-Elmore, Grin Technologies
Justin shared some seven years of experience with hub motors for ebikes.
Here's the hour-long video of the presentation.
After having supplied several thousand ebike hub motors from multiple suppliers to enthusiasts all around the world, Grin Tech has learned a lot over the past seven years. Failure modes were presented along with troubleshooting/repair procedures.
Of particular interest was a detailed experimental study on the nature of water ingress into apparently sealed hub motors, and some tips on how to mitigate failure caused by this.
Then modelling and simulation techniques in his lab for accurate prediction of vehicle performance were shown.
Also presented was the theory and the presentation of an assembled prototype already laced into a wheel of a new high performance lightweight direct drive / geared design which could be produced in the future.
The hour-long presentation complete with hundreds of slides was quite engaging and understandable even for those without a technical background.
A Dueck GM rep and VEVA member Phil Dayson showed not one but TWO Chevy Volts, with exhilarating rides in the empty BCIT parking lot. Also, VEVA member David Kronstein brought his new Nissan LEAF.
- November 16, 2011 - Casey Mynott, Delta Secondary School
Casey Mynott presented in an in-depth slide and video presentation the exciting story of Delta Secondary's drag racing pickup truck and the amazing support he received from the school system and the many automotive, battery and other businesses in the lower mainland.
Robert Shaw from Electric Auto Sports showed two new products, the EAS Lithium Upgrade, a two-way stackable lithium power building block, and the EAS Master Control Box (containing a Kilovac contactor and electronics) that can act as a safety shutdown for any reasonably sized EV pack up to 450 volts and 2000 amps.
- October 19, 2011 - Bradley Oldham, Azure Dynamics
Bradley Oldham, head engineer at Azure Dynamics repeated his informative, quite technical and mainstream presentation straight from the EV2011 conference in Toronto. We got a good sense of the tradeoffs to consider when sizing components for a particular vehicle type, in this case, the Ford Transit Connect, a fleet delivery vehicle. You can buy the Transit Connect at your local Ford dealer now.
- September 21, 2011 - Robert Shaw, EAS
In September we had look-and-ride in the Nissan Leaf courtesy of Morrey Nissan. Then Robert Shaw talked about GBS/Elite Power Systems complete battery subsystems for EVs. GBC is a former Thundersky factory offering a new plug and drive system complete with charger and cell-level management. Very neat and high tech look with integrated terminal covers and intelligent cell design for stackability.
- June 15, 2011 -
It was Elections, then discussion on ElectraFest 2011 just past. We drew for the Motorino BTr electric trail bike provided by Greenwit and E-Ride. Entries were limited to those received onsite at ElectraFest 2011.
- May 18, 2011 - Gordon Dower, Ridek
At the May meeting, Gordon Dower, the Ridek
Corporation, talked about the Ridek III, a multi-
patented SUV-sized electric drive platform that he has
developed. The deck will accept variations in body
subassemblies to suit different markets.
- April 20, 2011 - Greg Webster, karting promoter
Greg Webster introduced us to the G-Zero Championship
Electric Kart Racing Series. He plans to have a series of
events in the lower mainland in 2012. See gzeroracing.ca
- March 16, 2011 - Nigel Fitzpatrick, Azure Dynamics
Nigel Fitzpatrick of Azure Dynamics did a presentation on
the hybrid and electric drive market for delivery trucks and
net carbon reduction.
- February 16, 2011 - Stev Miloshev, E-Ride
Steve Miloshev, E-Ride CEO had just returned from Zhenzhen, China and
gave all a rundown on the latest news about 2 and 4-wheel EVs from the
EVS conference/show there. China, with large hydro resources and a
massive pollution problem is a leader in EV introduction. In addition,
Stuart Kerr from ethicalbean.com did a slide presentation on a planned
'73 BMW conversion. He was looking for a student group to convert a
classic 73 BMW 2002.
- January 19, 2011 - Ricky Gu, UBC
Ricky Gu talked about his 16-day cross-Canada trip in a Lithium powered
1972 VW superbeetle. Ricky and his UBC team designed their own BMS for
the 53 kWh Thundersky pack using the well-known Arduino platform, and
the Linear Technologies LTC6802 chip.
- December 15, 2010 - Mike Schuler
Mike Schuler outlined some important interface considerations inside a typical EV charger made for J1772.
- November 17, 2010 - Justin Lemire Elmore, ebikes.ca
The November meeting featured Justin Lemire-Elmore of ebikes.ca who spoke on his seven year odyssey with modern batteries.
He outlined caveats and many practical details on the pitfalls of dealing with Ni and Li cells and in particular the problems that can be attributed to BMS designs. Very instructive.
- October 20, 2010 - Brian Lunt, Leviton
The October meeting featured Brian Lunt from Leviton who showed their home EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) line. Brian indicated that as soon as the standard settles to the point where it makes sense, selected VEVA EV owners just might be able to beta test J1772 inlets courtesy of Leviton.
- June 16, 2010 - Mike Schuler
Mike Schuler gave a lengthy outline of variablegrid, with hardware and software demos ; he is offering this tool - which provides modulated, rather than on/off load control - freely to utilities that wish to shorten their smart grid planning horizons.
Bruce White gave a great picture show of his conversion in Australia and the off-peak grid usage scheme he himself convinced the utility to implement. One of the cleanest DIY conversions we have seen. And he is going for LiIon soon!
- April 21, 2010 -
The AGM was held and 5 nominated directors were elected by acclamation. Since this is a volunteer organization, many people got the message that they were needed, so support from members at large is epxpected to increase. President Vincent Law listed a few committees for consideration. Also, Dave Koehn showed a 20AH lithium polymer cell from the X-Prize prototype eVaro.
- March 17, 2010 - David Feldhaus
Dave Feldhaus presented on what EV organizations are up to these days, including Electric Mobility Canada and their big conference coming to the Vancouver Convention Center in Sept 2010. Then Ricky Gu (UBC Engineering EV Project) showed their VW Beetle EV and did a presentation about the car and future plans to compete in SolarTaxi-famed Louis Palmer's Zero Emissions Race to go around the world in 80 days.
- February 17, 2010 -
(no meeting - BCIT closed)
- January 20, 2010 - Joel Lazardeux, Azure Dynamics
Joel Lazardeux of Azure Dynamics did a 45 min. presentation this month on Azure's specialization in hybridizing delivery van fleets numbering in the hundreds of vehicles. They are working on the Ford Transit Connect EVan to be sold through Ford dealers.
- December 16, 2009 - Brian Beck, City of Vancouver
Brian Beck of the City of Vancouver showed the City's new Mitsubishi i-MiEV and later gave almost everyone a drive or ride in it. Thanks for the opportunity, Brian! David Feldhaus has been to Nissan LEAF presentations in both Seattle and Vancouver and related his experiences.
- April 16, 2008 - Sandy Constable, Piotr Drozdz, Advanced Lithium
Sandy Constable and Piotr Drozdz from
Advanced Lithium Power
in Vancouver gave a talk on various lithium chemistries and their characteristics.
Key to their increasing momentum is their BMS development program and
close partnership with another local company, E-Moli Energy who manufactures lithium manganese
cells in EV-sized cells. These cells are completely safe.
Key partners in the US are about to receive a limited production run of a few dozen PHEV-10
Ford Escapes powered by Advanced Lithium packs and battery management systems.
In hybrid applications, the cycle life of these cells are measured in the hunderds of thousands
and for PHEV duty perhaps 3,000. This translates to a battery life exceeding the shelf life
of the cells. Their prototype PHEV-10 Ford Escape was present at the meeting.
- March 19, 2008 -
Greg Murray from E-SUV presented
the EXV4 electric mini-SUV from E-Ride industries.
The shiny black vehicle he brought in for display that evening was very close to being
licensed for BC roads. E-Ride Industries
has shipped over 500 of these utility vehicles to airport authorities and various campuses.
- February 20, 2008 - Erik Hagman from Altoverra, Jurgen Borovica
At the meeting the newly-converted dark blue GMC Sonoma pickup conversion was
displayed. This EV features a good 80 km range, 156 volts, a Cafe Electric Zilla 1000
amp controller, Manzanita Micro PFC-20 3kW charger and Link-10 E-meter. The silent
auction for the vehicle was won by Don Chandler. Four or five of the course
participants told their stories from the course. There was nothing but praise for
Randy Holmquist and how he made it possible to re-build the truck into an EV in just
Erik Hagman from Altoverra which represents LionEV vehicles and complete
Lithium packs in Canada gave a short presentation.
Jurgen Borovica, an serial personal EV builder, will showed his new Electric Moto racing electric trials
motorcycle which now runs Thundersky lithium and competes quite well with gas bikes
in the under-200cc class.
- January 16, 2008 -
The 50 people that attended the January meeting
were in for a real experience as president Don Chandler
and vice president Robert Show, along with John Stonier
reviewed a draft proposal for VEVA's policy statements and goals.
Then everyone split into groups by region to
network and perhaps try to duplicate a model
already established where a small group
meets many Saturday mornings to discuss EVs and how
to get them into as many households as possible.
They do this by planning VEVA activities and partipication in the community.
After that, we reorganized again into areas of endeavour where
volunteers could come forth to help the organization grow,
again with the same aims. By the end of the evening, it became
clear that if we are to change the world, members need to get
- December 19, 2007 -
The December meeting was a non-meeting because it was a social at
Walter Wardrop's energy efficient house in West Vancouver.
- October 17, 2007 - Randy Holmquist, Robert Shaw, Gordon Day
65 people attended the lively and fast-paced September meeting.
VEVA president Don Chandler formally announced a two-weekend
hands-on EV conversion course to be held the last two weeks of January at the
Canadian Electric Vehicles
facility in Errington, BC on Vancouver Island. Any VEVA member interested in the
$300 course is encouraged to contact Haakon MacCallum at 604-527-4288.
The course is now fully subscribed but Haakon is putting interested people
on a waiting list in case there is enough interest for a second course
The main focus of the evening was an interview with Randy Holmquist of
Canadian Electric Vehicles
and Robert Shaw, e-bike conversion hobbyist. This interchange highlighted
some of the unique issues of doing EV conversions as a business and
the similarities of car and bike conversions. Watch for coming sound clips.
The full audio podcast will be available in the members' area soon.
Members will be notified by email when it is available.
We had the priviledge of looking inside and under the hood of
Gordon Day's AC-150 powered AC Propulsion
eBox (a Toyota Scion xB frame-up rebuild). Gordon was an hour late getting to
the meeting because his cobalt 18650 lithium pack was empty (and our meeting
location is not easy to find on a stormy night!).
A quick charge from the 240v at 50 amps in his garage gave Gordon
the 8 kWhr it needed to make the round trip from Point Grey to BCIT and back.
The car does a quick 0-60 mph in 7 seconds and has a comfortable 150 km range with
30 kWhr of energy onboard.
We also were amazed at the Alé tri-wheeled custom low-production
car which showed up. In its current incarnation it gets 92 MPG and does
0-60 in 5 seconds from a modified Honda engine and special custom
pre-vaporized fuel system. The manufacturers are now interested in an
electric drive model.
As usual, there was much networking afterward.
Thanks go to Don Chandler for the organization, Randy Holmquist
for travelling four hours each way from Errington, Al Godfrey
for helping with the transportation and Lawrence Harris for the audio.
- September 19, 2007 -
Fifty people attended the lively and fast-paced September meeting. VEVA president Don
Chandler announced a two-weekend hands-on car-to-EV conversion course currently in the
planning stages. He also pointed to an article in the September 19 Vancouver Courier
reporting on the City of Vancouver's plan for the installation of AC outlets for EV
charging in new construction. This was directly on the advice of VEVA and other
organizations and due also in part to recent annoucenments ofplug-in electric cars from
GM and Toyota.
Gordon World and Lance Hui, co-founders of E-Cycle gave a slide
presentation on trends in the e-bike and e-scooter industry.
A new member, Doug Campbell
showed his California factory-converted Solar Electric Escort Wagon with 108 volts and
GE motor. This vehicle was orginally owned by former VEVA member Eric Nielsen who was
the Government Leader of the Yukon Territory before becoming a Member of Parliment and
then the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. As usual, there was much networking afterward.
- June 20, 2007 - Diane Gratton
Diane Gratton spoke and provided a slide presentation on the topic:
Are electric cars dead? If not, where are they?
She looked at some of the electric cars being developed today around the world,
where they can be found and the conditions that enable the development and
sale of electric cars.
It was decided that Al Godfrey, who put a bid to host the Enfield,
would be given the change to work on it.
It was decided to keep the Detroit at the Powerhouse and not allow the
BC Museum to 'rent' it for a year for $10,000
- May 16, 2007 - Andy Frank
Special Guest Andy Frank, noted engineering professor from UC Davis gave an
almost two-hour presentation on plug-in hybrid and vehicle-to-grid research.
The largest automaker, governments and power utilities are onside with his ideas.
Click on "Andy Frank" at this link
Streaming audio, 1:39:00 MP3 (23MB), as well as the set of slides in PDF, is available in the members area.
Dr. Frank has had 35 years of hybrid concept conversion experience.
His test vehicles that range from converted EV1s to 6000lb trucks have an
engine 1/3 the normal size and get at least twice the factory mileage per gallon of gasoline.
Astonishingly, they retain all the performance the consumer would expect in today's new cars.
The surprise was the realization that plug-in hybrids in conjunction with micro-generation
(a 1-2 kW solar array, wind or hydro power on your property) and bio-fuels can wean us 100%
off fossil fuels - if indivuduals and industry comply with the concept.
This appears to be the best solution to address declining fossil fuel stocks, stop our
contribution to global warming, and get free power for our homes and cars - all at the same time!
... more ...
- April 18, 2007 - Don Chandler, Jeremy Whyte, Diane Gratton
Don Chandler and Jeremy Whyte gave a talk and slideshow from the
Skills Canada Solar Challenge from earlier in the day.
Diane Gratton talked about Medium Speed Electric Vehicles and
their consideration by two American states. MSVs are allowed
to run to the legal speed limit on roads marked 40mph/60kmh.
Robert Shaw's bicycle hub motor demo was shown.
John Stonier announced the formation of various committees for
Membership, Newsletter, Website, 1912 Detroit, Events and Governments Liason.
Volunteers are encouraged to help on these committees. The members to approach
for these committees are listed in the members area of the website. You need
to be a member to access the site but send us an email if you are interested
in working on a committee.
John Stonier also listed a number of coming events which VEVA will either hold
or take part in: Earth Day on April 22, REV on June 9, North Vancouver show on June 10,
Canada Day on July 1, Delta on July 24, Langley Cruise-In, PNE car clubs day.
Justin Lemire Elmore gave a slideshow presentation
on automated battery pack testing for NiMH chemistries,
the design evolution of the Drain Brain energy monitor/integrator
and showed a new dual hub-motored skateboard design using strain
gauges to read rider intent and handle safety conditions.
The newest version Drain Brain with backlit LCD multiline display
costs $140 and will handle pack voltages to 200v peak, read up
to 2000 amps and work with both brushless and brushed motors.
Inputs are motor/speedo tach signal, B+, current shunt inputs etc.
See his web page at www.ebikes.ca
- March 21, 2007 - Ron Burton, David Kronstein
Haakon chaired the meeting in his inimitable style.
Business at the AGM ran at least an hour longer than expected due to discussions
amending the bylaws to accommodate the automatic retirement of directors each year.
A number of new faces were there and most endured the AGM portion of the meeting.
At least one of them said the recent EPIC show was the reason for their attending.
Others may have also come from that event but left during the AGM.
A slate of eight directors was elected. Don Chandler is the new president,
Robert Shaw becomes the Vice-President (a new position because we have to abide
by the rules of the Societies Act) and John Stonier will be Secretary/Treasurer.
Alan Cumberlidge, Dave Koehn, Gordon Wong and a new member (?) will also be
directors at large. Lawrence Harris will continue as a director for the time being
because he was out of the country at the time of the AGM and the new retirement
rules do not yet take effect until written or registered.
Past president Haakon MacCallum was nominated but he preferred to retire.
John Foster will continue as membership secretary but not a director.
Ron Burton entertained us with a 40-frame slide presentation on the history of electric cars
from the 1890s to today, citing several reasons why they disappeared in the 1920s
but are poised to make a big comeback as obstacles are removed for them while
other obstacles appear for gas cars.
John Stonier and Alan Cumberlidge gave a report on the progess of repairs for our 1912 Detroit.
David Kronstein showed his work-in-progres, a 300-volt 300 amp inverter employing IGBTs
for a brushless motor.
- February 21, 2007 - Adam Thorvaldson, the Provincial Program Manager of Skills Canada BC
February meeting recap: Sixty people attended, of which half were new faces! This record attendance might have been due to the recent publicity from various events such as the "Who Killed the Electric Car" screening or perhaps the new awareness of climate change and new policies drafted by all levels of government in the last few months.
Adam Thorvaldson, the Provincial Program Manager of Skills Canada BC, a not-for-profit agency that actively promote careers in the skilled trades and technologies for secondary and post-secondary students, gave a preview of a youth Solar Car Race to be held in April at Tradex in Abbotsford. The winning team moves on to the National solar vehicle event. They are looking for volunteers so if you can help, please contact Adam through Skills Canada BC at http://www.skillscanada.bc.ca
- January 17, 2007 -
Over 30 people attended the January meeting, with 12 new faces.
Nominations for the positions of President were suggested and will be voted on at
the AGM in February, along with other positions.
John Stonier made an announcement for the "Who Killed the Electric Car?" movie that VEVA is sponsoring.
Don Chandler summarized the meeting he attended at the working group that is rewriting the Canadian
Electrical Code that deals with electric vehicle charging.
- December 20, 2006 - Nigel Fitzpatrick of Azure Dynamics
John Stonier chaired the meeting with Don Chandler assisting. New members were
introduced. Ross Granger reported on the history of the nickel-iron batteries for the Detroit.
Apparently, the alkaline solution was leaking at the battery tops as early as the
Expo 86 display so they were removed shortly afterward.
John reminded everyone that tickets sales were being promoted for the January screening
of Who Killed the Electric Car? and panel dicussion along with the accompanying free
Special Guest Nigel Fitzpatrick of Azure Dynamics gave a corporate overview of
Azure. They are strongly research-oriented and the leading producer of hybrid bus and
delivery truck conversions in North America. He also made a pitch about the non-profit
Electric Mobility Canada
organization which was formed a year ago in Vancouver to promote electric driven transport of
all types. Members are federal, provincial, regional and local governments, energy providers,
manufacturers and suppliers of vehicles and components for electric drive technologies,
private and public fleet managers, organized labour, academic institutions,
research organizations, consultants, etc.
There was an announcement by Chris Eich, a member of the BCSEA Vancouver Chapter Steering
Committee. He is organizing a "Transportation And Health" event slated to be held at the end
of March, 2007 and currently in the planning stages.
Don Chandler announced that an EV charging infrastructure was being considered by the
City of Vancouver and that they will consult with Electric Mobility Canada (EMC)
on details of implementation. A working group will be formed within VEVA which may
influence the City's plans directly or via its existing membership in the EAA which
is a member of EMC.
Greg Fung volunteered to compile a map of currently available opportunity charging stations.
Steve Burgess asked how he could add a gas engine to extend the range of his 1500
watt EVT-4000e for when he needed to go 100 km at a time. It was suggested that
a direct drive arrangement (parallel hybrid) would be preferred over using a
generator to charge the batteries as he drove (series hybrid) to avoid power
- November 15, 2006 -
John Stonier chaired the meeting. Turnout was lower as November/December meetings
tend to be. There were couple of new people but we forgot to ask who they were. John
Stonier mentioned that he would speak on VEVA's behalf at the Saturday December 2nd
Clean Air Auto Show event at Delaney's pub, 5665 Kingsway, 3-5pm. The Detroit will
be there on display and perhaps some some other EVs in addition to the biofuel
vehicles that the show was originally centered around.
John is coordinating the
Sunday, January 21 Ridge Theatre EV event. He showed a copy of the poster that Barry
Shell the graphic artist has graciously created for us. Some volunteers for that day
were found during the meeting. The event will be billed as a fundraiser for required
repairs to VEVA's 1912 Detroit Electric car.
Dave Koehn mentioned that the book by
Darryl McMahon called The Emperor's New Hydrogen Economy is now out at $30 and VEVA
members can get free shipping with a group buy. Dave annouced that he will have the
2007 calendars ready for the December meeting.
It was decided to keep everything
about the REV show the same in 2007 as in 2006, unless a better opportunity
presented itself. Stephen Burgess brought his new red EVT-4000 1500 watt scooter
again and got some good suggestions for mounting the charger onboard. A very
impressive PowerPoint presentation created in a weekend by John Stonier, Don
Chandler and Robert Shaw was shown to the group.
- October 18, 2006 -
Another large turnout! The number of new faces this year at meetings is eclipsing the long-timers about two to one. On display by the proud owner was a brand new red EVT-4000 1500 watt scooter capable of 60 km/hr - definitely not classed as a bicycle. The nice thing about electric scooters is that they can be brought into a public cafeteria and not stink up the place!
Robert Shaw and John Stonier co-chaired the meeting, with Haakon in the gallery. A motion was made (and passed) to co-sponsor a screening of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" with the BCSEA group at a local movie theatre. Funds were collected at the meeting for 35 of the 70 tickets required to waive the screening charge. The event will be billed as a fundraiser for required repairs to VEVA 1912 Detroit Electric car.
- September 20, 2006 -
A dozen new faces! This is a record level of interest in electric drives! Is it saving money on gas and repairs, global warming, peak oil, our troops, health concerns, recycling, the tinker factor or learning about the future of personal transportation? People both old and new talked about themselves and what their interest was in electric vehicles. The small chats and Q&As went on for longer then the meeting!
- August 16, 2006 -
22 people came to the August 19th Snalam BBQ! Thank you to the Snalams for another great BBQ! What a great day for a BBQ, and as usual the Snalams are great hosts. All of the food was great - and homemade everything including the potato salad. So much better than store bought! Lots of great conversation, a lovely setting in the back garden, a rousing game of bocce - what more could we ask for?!? Thanks again to the hosts for a great time, - Haakon, on behalf of all of VEVA.
- June 21, 2006 -
Discussion centered around the recent REV! show and Detroit restoration.
- May 17, 2006 -
So many new faces that we lost count. All kinds of interests and talents were represented. Interest in converting cars was high because of the rising cost of fuel. The final planning for the REV show took place. Haakon is hosting a learn-to-drive-the-Detroit field trip on Sunday May 21st for members.
- April 19, 2006 -
A very short meeting due to unscheduled maintenance of the meeting room. Two new faces. Don Chandler reported that the REV!2006 show site will be the far west parking area on the beach at Spanish Banks near UBC. The date will be June 10th. He reported that it will be more of a static display because of the small size of the lot, but there can be on-road rides possible. Washrooms and food would be at the concession building to the east, about 400 metres. John Stonier has volunteered his Honda generator for onsite charging. John and Don also wanted to mostly do away with the paper newsletter. The members in attendance voted to make the newsletter delivery electronic, with an option for a mailed newsletter at membership renewal time.
- February 15, 2006 -
A couple of new faces, and the FrankenPrius builders are back! The new executive and directors were elected, mostly by default, as volunteering for executive positions is not our strength. A team of four (!) people volunteered to plan REV!2006, with Don Chandler leading the charge (sic). Much discussion ensued afterwards about everything to do with electric drives.
- January 18, 2006 -
Half a dozen new faces! The January meeting is always charged! (sic). On show this time, mostly from the visitors were ... a 100+ kW
AC drive wheeled into the meeting area on a cart, a Ford Escape hybrid just outside and a home-built prototype brushless motor built
for RC planes up to four foot wingspan. Lots of networking before and after the meeting.