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The Climate Resilience Strategy and Action Plans to the City of Calgary Utilities and Corporate Services committee of Council on June 13

The Climate Resilience Strategy and Action Plans to the City of Calgary Utilities and Corporate Services committee of Council on June 13

The Climate Resilience Strategy and Action Plans will be presented to the City of Calgary Utilities and Corporate Services committee of Council on June 13th.

Over the last year there has been a lot of work put into strategic planning on green initiatives for the City of Calgary on everything from land use through to transportation and energy use. This planning has culminated into action plans that will be presented to the City of Calgary Utilities and Corporate Services committee of Council for them to weight in on and potentially adopt.

A large component of this plan is involving electric vehicle, land use as it applies, charging infrastructure and adopting incentives.

The City of Calgary Council meeting will be June 13, 2018 and give you the opportunity to be a part of the information share and voice your opinions on the strategy and action plan.

The meeting agenda and the plan documents will be available here on Friday June 8, 2018 for public review: http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Pages/Legislative-services/Agenda-Minutes.aspx

The public is welcome to attend this meeting, and anyone in attendance will be invited to speak for 5 minutes each on the topic of the plans (if you so choose).
You are invited to come and share your perspective!

Written comments can be submitted to City Clerk (cityclerk@calgary.ca) or to the Councillors’ offices directly (http://www.calgary.ca/CityCouncil/Pages/Councillors-and-Wards.aspx).

This will have huge implications on the adoption of electric vehicles and the direction of Calgary’s future.

Please come and make your voice heard!

City of Edmonton Survey On Curbside Charging

City of Edmonton Survey On Curbside Charging

I received an request from the City of Edmonton to get the word out on a survey on the curbside EV charging project that the City of Edmonton and ATCO are cooperating on.

Image result for city of edmonton logo“The project will be the first of its kind in Alberta, providing EV charging opportunities for Edmontonians and visitors as well as an opportunity for people to see and experience how EV charging works. ​We would like to hear from EV owners and potential owners as we feel that they are uniquely positioned to provide us with key insights on their preferences when it comes to where these stations will be located in Edmonton. ”

To complete the survey, click here. The survey is open until March 7.

For more information about the project contact Howaida Hassan, Senior Environmental Project Manager, City of Edmonton at 780-508-9584, howaida.hassan@edmonton.ca or Jeanie Chin at 780-508-4677 jeanie.chin@atco.com.

You can also learn more about the City of Edmonton’s work on this project and electric vehicles generally at edmonton.ca/ElectricVehicles.

Please participate in the survey and share the information to help get the word out.

February Update

February Update

Things have been a little slow on the local Electric Vehicle front over the past couple of months, but it sounds like that is about to change.

First and foremost is the Flo/ATCO Energy/Canadian Tire level 3 charger that is in Calgary that has not seen much in the way of progress of completion to meet the expected January activation date. In conversations with ATCO Energy, the date has been pushed back to the end of February for a completion date. In the conversation, there was no word on why there is a delay to complete the install or why they did an announcement so far from activation of the level 3 charging infrastructure let alone the installation of the level 2 chargers and method of payment.

I was told “We are currently anticipating to have the chargers (both L3 and L2’s) available for public use by the end of February.” I was also advised that there will likely be another public announcement when it goes live.

I asked why the location they chose on Macleod Trail Calgary was selected over that of the Canadian Tire Gas Plus in Pacific Plaza off of 3516 8 Ave NE, Calgary which would have been a closer charge point for both the East- West (16th Avenue) and North South (Deerfoot Trail) Corridors to which I was told “The charger locations were chosen by our partner, AddEnergie.  I believe it’s based on consultations with Canadian Tire.  I will get in touch with AddEnergie to see what was their basis for choosing the Macleod Trail location.  I will also pass along the suggestion for the one in Pacific Plaza to them for future expansion opportunities.”

I have been advised that there are some “big things” coming down the pipe from ATCO and the City of Edmonton with curb side charging following up on the announcement made during the corridor presser. I will be sure to update everyone as soon as I know anything.

Strathmore Peavey Mart has had a slight problem with the Sun Country Highway level 2 charger attached to the store for the last couple of weeks.

It seems that someone attached to the charger and somehow “drove away” while it was still connected according to a Sun Country Rep. The damage is expected to be repaired by January 15 if all goes well.

This information leads me to a few questions.

I was under the impression that an Electric Vehicle would not be able to be put into gear while it was in charge as a safety feature (I know that this is the case for our Leaf for sure). This makes me ask if this was the actual cause of the damage or if it was something else entirely.

(I would be interested in hearing about other electric vehicles and the ability to driver while having the charge ports connected for better clarity on the subject. Jump into the conversation on Facebook in the EVAAB Facebook Group Page to be a part of the conversation.)

In any case, for those of you who are looking to use the charger at Peavey Mart in Strathmore in the near future, it may be a good idea to contact them ahead of time to see if they have it repaired first ((403) 934-4915).

I have also heard some unconfirmed rumors that there may be a few new additions to the level 2 charging infrastructure with some being set up in Beiseker and another set up in Priddis and yet another in Longview.

(When I heard Longview I got a little excited that this may be a start of a level 3 connector to B.C., but so far it sounds like this is not likely the case (at least for this install). I will keep my hope high however.)

All locations are said to be private company installs but should be in play be end of March.

If you hear of any charging installs of note taking place in your local area, please let me know so we can help get the word out.

I have set up the February Electric Vehicle Adopters of Alberta Coffee Meet for being  February 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Tim Hortons 6815 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB. I pushed the date out a week from the normal date around the middle of the month as to not conflict with Valentines Day. I know we all love EV’s, but I thought it may be prudent to adjust the date to accommodate the people in our lives.

I hope to see everyone at the coffee meet!

Stay warm and charged!

 

ATCO, Flo and Canadian Tire Gas Plus Alberta North – South EV Charging corridor

ATCO, Flo and Canadian Tire Gas Plus Alberta North – South EV Charging corridor

For anyone in Alberta and involved in electric vehicles, November 28, 2017 was a fantastic day.

ATCO, Flo and Canadian Tire Gas Plus made an announcement of an electrified Alberta North – South corridor connecting Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary.

The announcement was held at the Calgary location at Canadian Tire Gas Plus 9940 Macleod Trail S.E. where a Level 3 fast charger has been installed and locations for level 2 chargers are waiting to be installed. Although not active yet, the Calgary fast Charger is expected to be live and functional in January of 2018.

French interviews:

Along with this announcement, stations are currently being installed at Canadian Tire Gas+ locations in Red Deer and Greater Edmonton area for a total of 3 fast chargers creating the corridor.

The locations of the charging stations are:

  • Greater Edmonton: 169 Ordze Ave., Sherwood Park, AB T8A 2G4, Canada
  • Red Deer: 5908 Gaetz Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 4C3, Canada
  • Calgary: 9940 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2J 3K9, Canada

This announcement is important for the ability of electric vehicles to make long distance driving more convenient and practical. The universal fast charging infrastructure is available every 150 km or so along Highway 2 between Edmonton to Calgary.

With having the fast charger available with both a CHAdeMO and a J1772 CCS connector, all vehicles able to take advantage of the fast charge service will be able to connect up.

Image of a CHAdeMo Adapter
CHAdeMO Adapter
Image of a J1772 CCS Adapter
J1772 CCS Adapter

As a redundancy, in the event of a failure of the fast charger or line up for the fast charger service, the level 2 chargers will be available to fill the need.

The Fast Charger by Flo is a 50kW service and is accessible by either a credit card payment or a prepaid account with Flo. The rate for level 3 is $20.00 per hour for charging and is billed to the second while connected and drawing power. For the average 30kW battery, the charge would be around $6.50 and would take roughly 30 minutes.

The Level 2 structure will be a 7kW service, but no price was announced on it for use.

As an update on December 1, 2017, ATCO Clarified the charging prices: 

Level 2: $1.50 per hour – average time to charge is 3-4 hours (varies) – you are charged by the second
Fast charger: $20 per hour – average time to charge is 30 minutes – you are charged by the second

There is an expected announcement coming up next year about an East – West corridor enhancing the viability of the charge network and making electric vehicle use even more simplified.

With Alberta now having roughly 1000 electric vehicles registered on the roadways, this infrastructure is a welcomed sight and cause for celebration. It is however still well inadequate for the province and leaves many locations inaccessible and in need. This however seems to be coming in the near future according to the hints left by the folks from Flo and ATCO.

Something you may have noticed in the videos, and worth mentioning is that ATCO brought out a new toy to the announcement in the form of a 2018 Chevy Bolt.

Comparing it out against the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf, it very much looks like the two had a love child to produce the Bolt.

I had a bit of a chance to take some pictures of the vehicle (and maybe even drooled in it a little). I can tell you that from what I saw, I am very impressed with it and would have loved to have spent a little more time with it on a street review. Sadly not in the cards for this adventure, but it was awesome to have the chance to at least check it out.

According to ATCO this is the second electric vehicle in their fleet for Alberta.

The Bolt is well marked, so it should be easily spotted in the wild if you are looking for it.

Please post up and share pictures of the rare sighting of any Electric Vehicle you see in the wild to the EVAAB Facebook Group so we can all enjoy them!

Canadian EV Numbers Are In

Canadian EV Numbers Are In

The latest data sheet is out for EV sales from Green Car Reports (click link for full data sheet) .

The Chevy Volt and Bolt EV continue to top the Canadian market for new plug-in electric cars during October.

Chevrolet sold 424 Volts to start the fourth quarter, down slightly from 483 in September.

Leaf sales somewhat stalled as the old models are cleared out but expected to pick up with the new 2018 version coming on the market.

Tesla is still holding strong with one of the strongest-ever sales months for the model S.

Ford and Hyundai declined to provide sales data for the Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion Energi, and Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid

Over all, the plug-in electric share of Canada’s new-vehicle market reached 1.19 percent in September, the first month it landed above the 1-percent threshold.

The high side is we are still seeing growth in the EV sector!

Provincial Zero Emissions Vehicle Initiative In Alberta?

Provincial Zero Emissions Vehicle Initiative In Alberta?

I got a reply back from the Minister of Transport Chief of Staff, Peter Dalla-Vincenza today in regards to a petition and submission for a Zero-Emission Vehicle Strategy.
 
“Thank you for your email regarding access to electric vehicles (EVs). As Chief of Staff to Honourable Brian Mason, Minister of Alberta Transportation, I am able to provide the following information.
 
The Government of Canada is currently developing a National Zero-Emissions Vehicle Strategy. It is being led by Transport Canada and is set to be completed by 2018. Alberta Transportation is participating in the development of this strategy, which could lead to actions that increase adoption of EVs by Albertans.
 
At this time, the Government of Alberta does not offer any EV programs for suppliers or consumers. However, as part of the work to support Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, Alberta Transportation is currently assessing potential options to best support the uptake of EVs in Alberta.
 
As Alberta Transportation moves forward with determining how it can support EV adoption, we understand the need to focus on both supply and demand issues.
 
I appreciate you sharing your concerns and hope this information is helpful.
 
Sincerely,
 
Peter Dalla-Vincenza”
 
The down side is that from all the contacts I have that are involved with the ZEV initiative from the Federal level, it is unlikely that the Q1 deadline for the ZEV will be met and if nto met, less likely that it will even be met within the next year.
 
With the Provinces and Municipalities taking a wait and see attitude on the Federal ZEV initiatives, positive change looks rather dismal.
 
I believe we need more of a grass roots movement to promote those changes and to both push and advise the government in a more proactive approach.
 
I would like to bring together anyone interested in the creation and vetting of submission documents to the Provincial Government, the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan, and Alberta Transportation to assist them in assessing the options and understanding our position.
 
If you are interested in being a part, please let me know and lets make it happen.
Electric Vehicle Society Needs Your Help!

Electric Vehicle Society Needs Your Help!

Electric Vehicle Society Needs Your Help!

EV Society is a non-profit EV advocacy group working on behalf of EV owners in Ontario.
They have submitted a project idea to the AVIVA Community Fund for a chance at up to $100,000 in funding that will help us educate our fellow Ontarians about the benefits of EVs.

We’re asking for your support by voting for our project.
(voting closes Oct 19)

Follow the link below to register; you’ll be given 18 votes.
(please cast all 18 for our project.)

Please register and Vote at avivacommunityfund.org

 

Getting Ready For The Pembina 2017 Alberta Climate Summit

Getting Ready For The Pembina 2017 Alberta Climate Summit

I am in the countdown mode for the Pembina 2017 Alberta Climate Summit and I am stoked!

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This year marks the 3rd annual Alberta Climate Summit and will showcase innovation and opportunities around clean energy, bringing together more than 500 leaders in industry, government, environmental NGOs and community stakeholders who will focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean technology and innovation, methane control, climate finance, and Indigenous energy solutions. .

We will be set up at and presenting at the 2017 Alberta Climate Summit with our 2016 Nissan Leaf SL talking about all things related to Electric Vehicles and maybe even some on solar PV energy creation and the link with electric vehicle adoption.

I still have a bit of work left to do in washing the car and doing some detailing just prior to going down to the BMO Centre to get set up for tonight but the most part I think I have everything prepared as much as I can for the big event to take place tomorrow.

I will be at the vehicle during all of the breaks taking questions, giving out information and with a little luck and some multitasking, grabbing some pictures of the event to share on line after its all done.

If you are at the Climate Summit, come by and say “Hi” while you put your name in the draw for a ride in a Tesla by the EVAA.

This is going to be fun!

Is This The Range Extender Option We Need Now?

Is This The Range Extender Option We Need Now?

For many, the belief that electrical vehicles being great for in city but for that 2% of the time when you need to go out of town and take long road trips, the EV world is just not there yet are still valid to some degree. It is also true that over the years of electric vehicle adoption there have been many concerns about range and charging availability but there have not been a lot of options out there other than just buying as big of a battery you can get for the vehicle and wait for the infrastructure to come into being.

That seems to be changing, at least in France and soon (2018) in North America, with an interesting take on range extension and the ability to turn your EV into a quasi-hybrid with the EP Tender.

Rendu_HD_1.jpgThe EP Tender is a tow behind electrical generator that provides power to your electric vehicle, but what is interesting is it is being marketed as a service rather than a purchase of the unit.

You simply rent the trailer for those long trips you want to take and cut down on the expense of actual ownership like maintenance and storage.

The electrical attachment is a direct DC connection through the trailer hitch and is a one handed operation according to the video of the product (below) and the generator claims to be able to power all makes and models of electric vehicles using its built in 100 liter fuel tank and giving up to 20 kW of peak charging power.

There is an interesting PDF data sheet on the unit here.

It looks like they are taking tenders on dealers in the North American market now and are starting up implementation shortly.