A Tale of Two Journeys – Part One

Introduction

In May I received an invitation to a workshop to help plan future deployment of Level 3 DCFC infrastructure in BC. The workshop was to take place in mid June in Vancouver and hosted by PlugInBC. The workshop was to include representatives from government, educational institutes, BC Hydro, various EVSE network service providers and several other EVangelists. I was invited to provide some perspective from outside of the Lower Mainland and was extremely excited about the prospect of attending. I immediately went into planning mode and floated the trip by Marley later that evening – I could either do the trip by myself, attending the workshop on Monday and getting home late Tuesday night (or heading straight to work in Trail on Wednesday morning), or we could move some of our holiday plans around to allow her and the kids to come as well… and of course we would have to do the trip in our EV! It would have been crazy to drive our gas car to attend a workshop on DCFC infrastructure – I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to explore the current state of Level 2 and DCFC infrastructure in the various regions of BC!  (click here for an explanation of Level 2 vs DCFC and visit PlugShare to explore what infrastructure is available in BC currently) Continue reading A Tale of Two Journeys – Part One

Clean Energy Vehicle incentive returns

CEV

Well, the Clean Energy Vehicle incentives have returned.  I am slightly bitter, since the program was cancelled ran out of funds in February of 2014 and I couldn’t buy my electric vehicle until at least April.  It was ridiculous of the government to sit on their thumbs for a year and put a few hundred early adopters at a future disadvantage in the used car market; but nonetheless, I think it is a good program to help EVs and PHEVs get on their feet so am happy to see it return.

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Utility companies and EV infrastructure

I follow a few electric vehicle (EV) news websites fairly frequently and came across an interesting story today from California.  The US in general is quite far ahead of Canada in infrastructure, but despite the largest EV market in California, they have not had the best infrastructure to-date. Continue reading Utility companies and EV infrastructure

Starting an “EV Basics” series of Pages

I have added the first Page in a series of “EV Basics” to my webpage/blog.  You can head on over to “Charging” under the menu item, “EV Basics” to learn more about, well, the basics of charging an EV!  I will be adding more ‘static’ content in the weeks to come so that we all have a common basis for understanding the wonderful world of electric vehicles.

Follow-up on the Green Home and Energy Show

As mentioned in my last post, I was invited to attend the 2nd annual Nelson Green Home and Energy Show on October 15th.  I had a great time at the show and really enjoyed answering the different questions that people had and showing them the Leaf in person.

Some typical questions, in no particular order:

  • how much did your car cost?
  • how far can you drive on one charge?
  • how do you charge the car?
  • how did you get it to Nelson?

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Join us for the ride…

Welcome to the first post on the Kootenay EV Family website.  Head over to the ‘About‘ page to learn more about me and my family.

A life-change in the spring of 2014 meant that our family had to become a two-car family to support my 70 km commute (more on this in a future post). Continue reading Join us for the ride…