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Calgary EVAAB April Coffee Meet Date Moved!

Calgary EVAAB April Coffee Meet Date Moved!

Due to the City of Calgary’s closed session (as in invite only) on the City of Calgary’s Electric Vehicle Strategy being held on the proposed date for the Electric Vehicle Adopters of Alberta Calgary Coffee Meet, we have been forced to move the date from April 18 to April 25 so that I can attend the city event.

With luck I will have some insight that I can share at the coffee meet as a result.

Sorry for the short notice, but I only got the information of the Calgary date today.

I hope to see you all at the coffee meet!

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!

 

Electric Vehicle Adopters of Alberta November Coffee Meet

Electric Vehicle Adopters of Alberta November Coffee Meet

I would like to extend an invite to anyone in the Calgary area who is interested in Electric Vehicles to come join us for our Electric Vehicle Adopters of Alberta November Coffee Meet.

November 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tim Hortons 2616 39th Ave. NE Calgary, AB T1Y 7J9

Awesome people, fantastic vehicles, great conversation and amazing information to be garnered and shared!

Don’t have an Electric Vehicle but are interested in finding out if they are the right choice for you?
Come to a Electric Vehicle Adopters of Alberta Coffee Meet and get REAL information from people who actually own them!

Part of the coffee meet will be a break out group to discuss the Province of Alberta Zero Emissions Vehicle Initiative and brainstorm over a petition submission and submission documents.

Reference documentation can be found here for those interested in taking part in the breakout group.

 

Another Great Coffee Meet!

Another Great Coffee Meet!

Last night had us at the October Electric Vehicle Adopters of Alberta EVAAB Coffee Meet where we got to meet some old friends and some new.

I believe I have started a conversion of some of the folks from the aquaponic side to checking into electric vehicles and although we did do some talking on aquaponics before the EVAAB coffee meet, there was also a bunch of electric vehicle conversation talked about as well.

We had the opportunity to meet the Chen family at the meet.

They recently got both a Nissan Leaf and a Chevy Volt that they seem very excited to have. They brought the Volt to the coffee meet and allowed us to check it out!

I only managed a couple pictures of the Volt in the parking lot after the meet.
(I have to work on getting more table shots of the actual turn out.)

 

 

 

 

Again, the meet was full of good conversation and thoughts on moving forward in electric vehicle adoption.

Huge thank you to everyone who came out and took part in the night!
I cant wait to see you all again!

EVAA Coffee Meet

EVAA Coffee Meet

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We set up the first EVAA coffee Meet for August 8, and I can honestly tell you that it was fantastic.

I was not sure how it was all going to play out with only a couple folks seeming interested in the event, but Trevor Dewaard Marc Verones and Donna Hayes made it a huge success!

We had fantastic conversations on a range of topics from EV adoption to vehicles details to autonomous driving and pet peeves of some of the vehicle features. One of the big topics of conversation was the lack of information available locally on EV’s from dealerships and the amount of misinformation and misconceptions there is out there from other sources. I believe that these coffee meets could be an awesome means of delivering that information to the masses by people who know about and own EV’s.

There is something to be said for bringing people together face to face, away from the screens that we think we know people by. This event proved that in many ways. I got to know these people from a completely different perspective and we had very pointed conversations with honest and open dialogues that I dont think anyone was actually ready to walk away from when the night ended.

I would like to thank Trevor, Marc and Donna for being a part of the event, and look forward to the next one.

If you have an EV or are just interested in finding out information about EV’s, I welcome you in attending the EVAA Coffee Meets (Find more information in the Events).

I would also like to make the challenge to anyone out there with an EV outside of the Calgary area to set up a monthly coffee meet in your area for EV owners and for those interested in getting information. If you do set one up, please let me know and I will add it to the events Calendar and send you the graphic for the table card. I will also post up the pictures of the event that you take and the write up about it!

Lets make this happen everywhere in Alberta!