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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.
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.
Getting Ready For a Busy Week!

Getting Ready For a Busy Week!

National Drive Electric Week is upon us again and we are getting ready to take it on in style!

To start it all off, we have the Calgary Drive Electric Expo coming up on Saturday.

This event is bound to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to interact with the general public to answer questions on EVs and show what is available. Well worth coming out if you have an EV and even more worth while if you are looking to take the EV plunge!  Learn about EVs from the people who know – the owners!

IKEA is hosting the event again and celebrating EVs with us!  A huge shout out and thank you to IKEA for their involvement.

We follow this event up with a Sunday Drive where we will again have EVs on hand in an out-of-the-city location at a very cool spot. This event proves that EVs are not limited to urban environments and breaks the fears of range anxiety. What better place to do that than at a meadery?  Come join in the fun and check out what Chinook Arch Meadery and the Chinook Arch Honey Company have to offer!

This makes for a busy start of National Drive Electric Week, but we are not done!

We next follow this up with the September EVAA Coffee Meet!  Come join us for a coffee and chat on all things EV!  Wednesday is the date and Tim Hortons is the place for EV owners and people interested to come and have a beverage and talk about the EV world.

Central Alberta, don’t feel left out. We have action for you as well!

Edmonton Drive Electric Expo is up for the following Saturday and is again going to be an awesome time!  Lots of vehicles, lots of knowledgeable folks and lots of fun for all!

Southgate Centre is hosting the event for Edmonton this year and celebrating National Drive Electric Week with us!  Huge shout out and thank you to Southgate Centre for their involvement!

Now, all we need is you!  Come join in on one or all of the events you can and be a part of our community and National Drive Electric Week!

See you there!

Ford Ranger ICE conversion to EV

Ford Ranger ICE conversion to EV

I had the pleasure of being able to meet up with Terry Orr last week to check out his Ford Ranger conversion from an internal combustion engine to a full electric vehicle.

To be honest I was not sure what to expect before arriving at his home in Calgary.

I had seen little more than a short video of a Ford Ranger moving from a backyard parking stall to running up and down the alleyway, with the claim that he had made it work. At the point of seeing the video, I was already impressed enough to reach out to him to see about an interview or maybe getting some video, however when I spoke to him and found out that he accomplished the ICE to EV conversion on the truck in three weeks, I was simply floored and knew that this needed to be seen by people in his own words if at all possible.

I got to Terry’s house and we exchanging greetings, pleasantries and had a short chat about EV interests.

After a few moments of talking, he ran into his house and brought his wife and daughter out, pointing excitedly at my Nissan Leaf parked in front of his house exclaiming that he was so happy to see someone else driving one in Calgary. He lamented on his trip to British Columbia and how he saw so many EVs there and how few there are here in Calgary at this point. He talked about how hopeful he was that the EV adoption rate would increase here and that he hoped his contribution could help in it.

From there we went around into the back yard.

Bicycles were neatly parked by the back gate leading to a gravel parking pad with a Ford Falcon and a Ranger parked outside next to the garage.

Terry made mention that bikes are still his favorite mode of transportation for getting around his local community and talked a bit on his passions of skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding, but then the conversation started into cars.

Terry is very much a car guy.

He has played with a bunch of ICE vehicles over the years, including his Falcon that we did a fast look at before we started into the EV side of things. He said that he put an old Mustang engine into the Falcon but didn’t go with a big V8 like everyone else seems to want to go just to be different.

After a few short moments, Terry told me he wanted to wing the video and off we went.

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After doing up some of the video capture, Terry explained that he had a problem that developed on the Ford Ranger that morning as he was “tuning and playing” before my arrival and that the truck had a 12 volt power problem. He said that he had nothing going to his fuse box and as a result had no lights, signals, radio or anything else attached to it. He asked if I knew anything about electrical problems and tracking then down and faster than you can blink an eye, I was excitedly playing under the hood of his electric truck with his VU meter.

Within about 20 minutes we had found the problem and got it resolved; a simple ground bolt caused the issues of not completing the circuit.

I didn’t do much to help to be honest, but I am going to hold the bragging rights that in some small way, I got to work on a cool electric vehicle conversion and got my hands dirty (not really, his build was clean enough to eat off of)!

I left his house overjoyed with meeting him, talking about EVs, doing video, playing with his EV truck and the day.

Thank you Terry for a great meet and proving that you can be a “gear head” and “back yard mechanic” in an EV world and congratulations on your amazing EV conversion!

You can find out more about Terry and his conversion project on his blog at Forward Future Fun.