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Norway vs. British Columbia: The Great Electric Vehicle Race

Update; March 2015: Norway now has 45,500 EVs. 15% of all new vehicles are electric, and there are 6,000 EV charging stations.

I wish I could have traveled to Norway to research this story—but the Solar Impulse 2, which is on a round-the-world flight with solar-covered wings wider than a Boeing 747—only has room for the pilot.

Norway and British Columbia are very similar. Both have rugged ocean coasts, mountainous terrains and ample hydro electricity, allowing 95% zero-carbon electricity in BC and 100% in Norway. They also have similar populations, with 4.4 million people in BC and 5 million in Norway.

But when it comes to electric cars, is there ever a difference.

Kamloops Looking to Lead the Way in Vehicle Efficiency

UPDATE

This story was an April Fool's Day spoof, as you may have guessed! We were lucky that Mayor Milobar and CAO Mr. Trawin approved its distribution and the story was carried by Mel Rothenburger and Kamloops This Week.

 

MEDIA RELEASE, APRIL 1, 2014

BY BC SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ASSOCIATION, KAMLOOPS CHAPTER

April 1, 2014, Kamloops – Kamloops drivers are going to be required to add an additional piece of equipment to their vehicles this year as part of the City’s push to meet the goals laid out in its Sustainable Kamloops Plan, according to David Trawin, Chief Administrative Officer. As of July 1st, 2014, all vehicles owned by City residents will be required to display an efficiency identifier, a sign showing that vehicle’s fuel efficiency on the back window.

UPDATE: BCSEA Vancouver Chapter to host Electric Vehicle Fair

In partnership with the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association (VEVA), and in honor of Earth Week, BCSEA Vancouver is hosting a celebration of electric vehicles on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 from 5:30pm - 9:30pm at the TELUS World of Science

The event will feature:

The Case for Better Transit

We have an update to this story, as of March 25 when Kamloops City Council made their budget decisions. BCSEA Kamloops is delighted to report that the proposed transit enhancements were approved! The decision was just one vote short of being unanimous. Improvements will be effective September 1, 2015: for regular transit there will be 3 new buses and 6000 additional service hours, and for custom transit (HandyDart) there will be 1 new bus and 2500 additional service hours.

We're very proud of our City Council for their vision and dedication to providing a strong transit system. Kamloops leads all BC cities of our size in having the best hours of service, ridership and cost recovery. Council has continued their tradition of making smart transit decisions.

Thank you!

And here's the letter that we submitted prior to the budget decision.

CLIMATE ACTION NOW

Dear Prospective Member of the BC Legislature,

Please, let’s not beat about the bush.

We know healthcare and education are important, and so are debt-repayment and many other things. But we’re all together on this one small planet, sharing our berths on the Good Ship Civilization, and as a direct result of the fuel we’ve been burning and other careless activities a god-almighty storm is bearing down on us, with the ability to toss our puny boat up in the air and down into the depths, wrecking everything we love and care about, from our children and grandchildren to our forests and food, our furry friends and our future.

BCSEA Welcomes BC Government’s Commitment to Clean Energy Vehicles

 

The BC Sustainable Energy Association welcomes today’s announcement from BC Environment Minister Terry Lake that the government will continue BC’s successful electric vehicles program, and that the Clean Energy Vehicles Program will be retained for at least another 12 months.
 

The Future Includes Cargo-Bikes - Ting-a-ling!

Cargo-Bikes - it’s got a nice ring to it. Ting-a-ling! If you do a Google image search on the phrase you’ll find a wonderful array of cargo-carrying bikes and trikes, from functional to fancy, cute to crazy.

Kamloops EV Show Resources

The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter and TRU Sustainability Office are happy to share some resources from our EV Show on June 23.  For now, we have a one-page handout about electric vehicles and the current incentives (see the attachment below).  We'll have more to share later so stay tuned.

Energy Connections 2017 - The Day It All Happened (Part 2)

This is Part Two of a two-part summary of Energy Connections 2017. Click here to read Part One!

Session 2 – Renewable Energy Success Stories

Energy Connections 2017 - The Day It All Happened (Part 1)

Energy Connections broke new ground this year, tackling the difficult but inspiring topic of community empowerment. People from across BC, heralding from various different backgrounds and industries, united under one roof for a day of information, inspiration and engaging dialogue.

Looking back on the event as a whole, it is difficult to envision a more appropriate keynote speaker to kick off this incredible day; a day marked by passionate and like-minded individuals learning from one another and engaging in the broad vision of sustainable energy.