We are just barely into 2017 and there have been a number of interesting happenings in the electric vehicle (EV) space – I thought I would take a moment to list some of the items that caught my eye, and to list some plans for the blog this year. The best so far? Fast chargers are coming to the Kootenays!!
Yes, that’s right, no longer will the Kootenay region have to feel left out from the growing DCFC (direct current fast charger) network in BC! The Community Energy Association has been working behind the scenes to coordinate a dramatic expansion to EV charging in the Kootenays (up to 50 units!) It will consist of both DCFC units and Level 2 charging (go to my Charging page to learn the difference). (Update in April: accelerate Kootenays website is now live!)
In other awesome local news, I discovered in early January that the Kootenay Co-op had installed two Level 2 charging stations in the parkade of the brand-new Nelson Commons building. Nelson now has public charging, yay!
The first Chevrolet Bolts (new EV hatchback with 380 km range) have been sold in Canada, and Nissan has strongly hinted at an imminent announcement for version 2 of the Leaf (update in March: Nissan has confirmed next gen unveiling in September 2017), which will likely have similar range to the Bolt. Tesla held an information session at the Gigafactory in Nevada, announcing that they are now starting to build their next generation cells, which will go into the upcoming (late 2017) Model 3 (and the car after that, the Y); more interestingly, they showed further details on how the manufacturing facility itself is planned to be powered by a 70 MW solar array, and it also has a wide-range of other environmental best-practices, including water conservation/re-use, and battery recycling facilities onsite.
The Scrap-It program unveiled increased incentives this week – now you can get $6,000 for ANY car you scrap towards the purchase of a new EV! Used EVs also get a $3,000 incentive. Including the still-running Clean Energy Vehicle for BC program, that is $11,000 more you could get off the price of a car than I got in May of 2014. (I’m slightly jealous!)
And last for this general update, the BC gov’t has added another few categories of “special – use” EVs that get incentives now, some low-speed vehicles, buses, that kind of thing.
Some of my blog post plans and projects happening this year:
- We’ll take a look at lifecycle emissions of electric vehicles and calculate some values specific to our region
- I will finish editing and post a video of an EVenture daytrip from Nelson north to Kaslo, over to New Denver and back (update in March: finished!)
- Another secret video project which I am very excited to be a part of (update in April: here it is!)
- Hopefully a personal EVenture update on the Nelson to Vancouver journey, now that most of it is covered by the DCFC network
- An article on electrified buses
- And a side-trip into the world of sailing, solar power, and electric outboards
And last, if you have frequented my site in the past, you will note that I have added a Patreon link on the site. Currently I research, crunch my data, and add content as time allows, and pay for the hosting costs out of pocket. I had hoped that the ads would passively cover at least the cost of hosting the website, but that has not occurred. Anyways, this obviously isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme, I largely do the website because I love it. However, it would be nice for it to be self-sustaining.
I know I had a hard time finding quality content on EVs while researching my prospective purchase, and I hope this site fills some of that void. So if this site has helped tip you to buying an EV (or not, maybe the time isn’t right for your situation yet), and you feel it has been worth something, consider providing a ‘tip’ via Patreon.
Cheers to a constructive and joyous 2017 to all our readers.