August 2015
Plug in BC News

Join West Coast Electric Fleets
Fast-Charging in BC
Emotive campaign engages BC communities
SFU Research: The EV Study
Join West Coast Electric Fleets 
The West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative is here! Check out 3 ways it can support you and your organization:

1. Toolkit
The new West Coast Electric Fleets toolkit provides resources on everything you wanted to know about electric vehicles, fleet integration, infrastructure and more.

2. Webinar Series
West Coast Electric Fleets is offering a free Peer-to-Peer Network
 webinar series to highlight partners' case studies, sharing their valuable EV adoption experiences.

The second webinar in the series, Best Practices for Integrating ZEVs Into Your Fleet is scheduled for
Aug 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM PDT. Register now!

A recording of the previous webinar featuring City of Seattle and LA Department of Water and Power can be found here.     
3. Pledge

Is your organization considering purchasing electric vehicles for its fleet? Join the group of progressive fleet managers participating in the  West Coast Electric Fleets Pledge . The Pledge provides an opportunity for both public and private sectors to make commitments and take action towards greening their fleets and reducing vehicle emissions.

Congratulations to BC's Charter fleets:
District of Saanich, City of Surrey, City of Vancouver, BC Hydro and the Province of BC. Read the media release from July 30 for more. 
Fast-Charging Stations in BC 
Abbotsford's EcoDairy Farm is home to a fast-charge station, the first to be hosted by a private business. The station is close to HWY 1 Sumas Way exit.

BC's DC Fast Charge network has grown to 15*. You can now find a quick charge in Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, Squamish, Sechelt, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Hope, Penticton, Merritt, Kamloops and Revelstoke. Currently, these stations support the CHAdeMO standard only, but stay tuned for SAE Combo chargers in the future. A gap analysis is also underway, with input from EV owners and stakeholders to help prioritize the next phase of roll-out for the province.

To access the fast-charge stations, register at to create an account.

*This count does not include the Tesla Superchargers
Emotive Campaign Engages BC Residents  
Emotive, Plug In BC's public outreach campaign, has been at over a dozen community events this summer. Hundreds of people visited the Emotive booths to learn more about  battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and talk with EV owners on how exciting and fun driving an EV can be! 
Emotive has also run two EV Ride & Drive events this summer: Electrafest 2015 and the 2015 Abbotsford Air Show, giving people the chance to test drive the latest EV models in the market, including: Kia Soul EV, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi iMiev, and Smartfortwo.
A lot more has been planned for the Emotive campaign in the upcoming months. Join Emotive on Facebook to get updates on future events and upcoming contests
Insights about EVs and Consumers in Canada 
Simon Fraser University's Energy and Materials Research Group (EMRG)  released the Canadian Plug-in Electric Vehicle Study. This research paper looks at the potential market for plug-in electric vehicles in Canada's passenger vehicle sector, and investigates how consumer interests may guide such shifts in Canada .
Find out more about this research and read the full report.

For a great summary of 5 things to learn from the report, read Clean Energy Canada's guest article by Matthew Klippenstein.  
About Plug in BC 

Plug In BC is administrated by the Fraser Basin Council. It 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, EV owners, and over 180 communities and businesses.   


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

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Sechelt's Drive Electric Week   
Join SecheltIsPluggedIn on September 19 in Sechelt to celebrate Drive Electric Week! Several events are in the planning - a quiet ride on the Sunshine Coast Highway, a big BBQ, and much more. 
Sechelt is home to 10 public and private Level 2 chargers and a Level 3 charger!
Modo takes on a KIA Soul Electric!  
Modo, the car co-op announced its 400th vehicle this week: an all-electric KIA Soul EV, placed at Dockside Green, Victoria.

Now members of the car share can experience driving electric in Victoria. This is in addition to two Nissan Leafs in their Vancouver fleet. Read More.  
Past Plug In BC News 

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

April 2015
December 2014
September 2014
June 2014
April 2014
March 2014   
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