December 2014
Plug in BC News

West Coast Electric Fleets
EV2014VE Conference Highlights
Emotive Sweepstakes

West Coast Electric Fleets   


Join West Coast Electric Fleets to access tools, technical assistance and a network of peers to help you reduce costs by incorporating zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) into your fleet - and be recognized as a leader in transforming the market for ZEVS on the West Coast. 

West Coast Electric Fleets is an initiative of the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC). The leaders of the PCC jurisdictions - British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California -  have set a goal to: "Take actions to expand the use of zero-emission vehicles, aiming for 10 percent of new vehicle purchases in public and private fleets by 2016."

Fleets can become a partner by taking the pledge. The pledge is flexible, recognizing the diverse needs, opportunities, and time frames of public and private fleets.

Visit the West Coast Electric Fleet website, or contact the Fraser Basin Council, BC's implementation partner to find out more.


We'd like to recognize the District of Saanich for being the first fleet to sign on, as an Express Lane partner!

Monitoring Station Use with evCloud 







Did you know that EV station use has more than doubled in the past year? The evCloud is tracking nearly 400 public charging stations throughout the province. This portal monitors how the stations are being used, and provides interesting data such as total energy dispensed, weekly charge events, and emissions reduced. 
The evCloud is part of the BC EV Smart Infrastructure Project, a project led by BC Hydro and funded by Natural Resources Canada and the Province of BC. If you have questions about the project, contact Jeff Turner at Powertech Labs. 


EV2014V� Conference Highlights  

















Did you miss the EV2014V� conference held during the last week of October? The annual event organized by
Electric Mobility Canada brought over 250 participants and speakers together. This conference was a chance to showcase the work being done across the country and around the world to support electrification of our transportation systems. Located in Vancouver this year, it was well represented by Plug In BC partners, who shared the many projects, research and innovations happening in BC. You can read about many of these projects on the Plug In BC website


Special recognition went to Christina Ianniciello, Director of Communities and Transportation with the BC Ministry of Energy Mines, and chair of Plug in BC. Christina won the Al Cormier Award for outstanding services in the promotion of electric mobility in Canada. Congratulations Christina! 


Emotive was also on-hand to support a successful EV ride 'n drive, giving the public an opportunity to test-drive a variety of electric cars, including the Nissan Leaf, Misubishi iMiEV, Ford C-Max Energi, BMW i3, Smart Fortwo Electric, and Chevy Volt.  


EV2015V� will be held in Halifax, NS, May 25-27, 2015. Details can be found here

Enter to Win!   


Emotive has launched a new sweepstake to Electrify Your New Year! The winner will get an iMiEV for two weeks, a snow-filled day on Grouse Mountain, and a GoPro to capture all their adventures.

Enter by sharing three of your New Year resolutions on Facebook!

Here's a suggested tweet or post to spread the word!
Electrify Your New Year Sweepstakes with #Emotive! 

About Plug in BC 

Plug In BC is an initiative co-chaired by the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and BC Hydro to lay the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related electric charging infrastructure in British Columbia. It is a broad collaboration between the Province of BC, BC Hydro, the Fraser Basin Council, several academic institutions and over 180 communities and businesses.   


Visit the Plug In BC website for resources, program updates, upcoming events, and more.
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EV Drivers Wanted! 

Survey participants are needed to help us learn about the current EV market and how owners drive and charge their vehicles.  


Researchers at SFU are looking for EV owners in BC to participate in a 3-part survey. If you are connected to EV-owner networks, we invite you to share this opportunity.


To participate, BC's EV owners can:


1. Register by clicking here , OR


2. Visit this webpage for more information


Participants will receive a $50 VISA Gift Card after completing all 3 surveys. 
Free EV Charging Stations for Select Municipalities 
Sun Country Highways has introduced an Electric Vehicle Destination Fund, to support 1000 stations across the Country! If you're a municipality, you may be eligible to receive a free station. Click here for more details.
EVs profiled in the Report on the Budget 2015 Consultations  
Many stakeholders submitted letters in support of EVs during the public consultation of the 2015 Budget.

These were captured in the report provided by the BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, including a recommendation to:  provide incentives for greater use of electric vehicles, including purchase rebates, provincial sales tax exemptions, and financial support for the installation of chargers in homes and businesses.  
You can read the full report here
Past Plug In BC News 

Did you miss previous Plug In BC newsletters? Read them here:

September 2014
June 2014
April 2014
March 2014
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