Electric vehicles

Fruitvale council’s decision to start having EV owners pay for power consumed at the municipal charging station brings up the question of who’s footing the bill elsewhere. In downtown Trail this EV was charging up early Monday morning at one of the free charging stations. Photo: Trail Times

West Kootenay town nixes ‘free’ charging station for EVs

A grant had previously covered the expense at the municipal charging station in Fruitvale

Fruitvale council’s decision to start having EV owners pay for power consumed at the municipal charging station brings up the question of who’s footing the bill elsewhere. In downtown Trail this EV was charging up early Monday morning at one of the free charging stations. Photo: Trail Times
Indications are the production Volkswagen ID Buzz electric van will stay fairly true to the concept, pictured. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN

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  • Jan 24, 2022
Indications are the production Volkswagen ID Buzz electric van will stay fairly true to the concept, pictured. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN
According to the Province, B.C. is leading the country in transitioning to EVs with more than 60,000 light-duty EVs on the road. Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror file photo

Funding helps promote electric vehicle uptake in B.C.

Community groups and local governments throughout B.C. can receive funding through the…

  • Jan 20, 2022
According to the Province, B.C. is leading the country in transitioning to EVs with more than 60,000 light-duty EVs on the road. Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror file photo
An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Arizona’s auto aspirations make for unlikely ally in Canada’s EV tax-credit fight

Arizona is attracting parts and manufacturing service suppliers as well as EV companies

An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Canada looks to retool EV rebate program to include more expensive SUVs, pickups

Program restricts rebates to new vehicles with a max base price of $45,000 and $55,000 for upgraded features

An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
Petro-Canada’s electric vehicle charging station is photographed while on display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on February 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Canada’s electric vehicle charging ambitions falling short, industry group says

Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association says Canada needs to be building millions of stations

Petro-Canada’s electric vehicle charging station is photographed while on display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on February 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Canada looks to retool EV rebate program to include more expensive SUVs, pickups

Program restricts rebates to new vehicles with a max base price of $45,000 and $55,000 for upgraded features

An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
Dylan Tucker and Julian Sale of Motorize EV have fun in front of a Tesla Model 3 on their View Royal Lot. Sale said the uncertainty around gas availability in the aftermath of damaging floods has led to a surge in electric vehicle interest in Greater Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Julian Sale)

Greater Victoria fuel shortages supercharge electric vehicle interest

Independent delivery drivers especially interested in EVs as they look to stay profitable

Dylan Tucker and Julian Sale of Motorize EV have fun in front of a Tesla Model 3 on their View Royal Lot. Sale said the uncertainty around gas availability in the aftermath of damaging floods has led to a surge in electric vehicle interest in Greater Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Julian Sale)
A 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe with an e-Crate powertrain. (canEV photo)

Vancouver Island company puts a unique jolt into classic car production

Electric engines can fit into standard engine mounts of popular hot rods

A 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe with an e-Crate powertrain. (canEV photo)
An iconic 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible that has an e-Crate electric motor. (canEV photo )

Vancouver Island firms put a unique jolt into classic car production

Companies making electric engines to fit into standard mounts of popular hot rods

An iconic 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible that has an e-Crate electric motor. (canEV photo )
The city-owned electric vehicle charging station at the Dogwood Operations Centre in Campbell River. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

Campbell River latest Island town to slap user fee on EV charging stations

Electric vehicle users to be charged $2 per hour after half hour, in move aimed to bump turnover

The city-owned electric vehicle charging station at the Dogwood Operations Centre in Campbell River. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
One of BC Ferry’s new hybrid vessels, Island 3 ferry will service the Campbell River - Quadra route. (Photo courtesy BC Ferries)

BC Ferries aims to have 12-14 fully electric vessels by 2032

President and CEO Mark Collins says BC Ferries is working with feds to fund shore charging stations

One of BC Ferry’s new hybrid vessels, Island 3 ferry will service the Campbell River - Quadra route. (Photo courtesy BC Ferries)
Island 3 as it left Romania earlier this year. (Photo courtesy BC Ferries)

VIDEO: New ‘Island 3’ ferry arrives in Victoria

Ship completes 64-day, 10,000 nautical mile transatlantic journey

Island 3 as it left Romania earlier this year. (Photo courtesy BC Ferries)
New Toyota cars for sale are seen at an auto mall in Ottawa, on Monday, April 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

At least 70% of vehicle sales must be ZEVs to achieve Ottawa’s emissions plan: report

The plan projects a reduction of 213 megatonnes (MT) of greenhouse gas emission

New Toyota cars for sale are seen at an auto mall in Ottawa, on Monday, April 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Tofino's summer shuttle service has its first electric bus. (District of Tofino photo)

Tofino launches electric summer shuttle pilot

District partners with Vancouver Island based Wilson Transportation and BYD Canada

Tofino's summer shuttle service has its first electric bus. (District of Tofino photo)
The District of Tofino is cycling through new electric bike regulations in an effort to prevent the rapidly growing industry from putting Multi-Use Path users and beachgoers at risk. (Nora O’Malley photo)

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E-Bikes under consideration as path being built between Tofino and Ucluelet

  • Jun 19, 2021
The District of Tofino is cycling through new electric bike regulations in an effort to prevent the rapidly growing industry from putting Multi-Use Path users and beachgoers at risk. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The District of Tofino is cycling through new electric bike regulations in an effort to prevent the rapidly growing industry from putting Multi-Use Path users and beachgoers at risk. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino considers electric bike restrictions

Rapidly growing industry raising concerns on trails and beaches

The District of Tofino is cycling through new electric bike regulations in an effort to prevent the rapidly growing industry from putting Multi-Use Path users and beachgoers at risk. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A Tesla charging centre is pictured in Squamish, B.C., Tuesday, June, 1, 2016. More than $100 million in federal rebates designed to make electric vehicles more affordable to low and middle-income Canadians has gone to those buying a Tesla, government records show. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Federal rebate set to make electric cars more affordable see $100M go to Tesla buyers

Liberal government introduced the subsidy in 2019 for those buying or leasing new zero-emission vehicles

A Tesla charging centre is pictured in Squamish, B.C., Tuesday, June, 1, 2016. More than $100 million in federal rebates designed to make electric vehicles more affordable to low and middle-income Canadians has gone to those buying a Tesla, government records show. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Al Kowalko shows off the province’s first electric school bus, running kids to three elementary and two secondary schools on the West Shore. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

B.C.’s first electric school bus making the rounds in Victoria suburbs

No emissions, no fuel costs and less maintenance will offset the $750K upfront expense

Al Kowalko shows off the province’s first electric school bus, running kids to three elementary and two secondary schools on the West Shore. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
An electric car is seen getting charged at parking lot in Tsawwassen, near Vancouver, Friday, April, 6, 2018. Should Canada introduce a national mandate requiring the auto industry make or sell more zero-emission vehicles is a question facing the Liberal government as it’s not on the road to meet its own sales targets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Should Canada mandate sales targets for electric vehicles? Report says ‘yes’

Statistics Canada reported that 3.5% of the vehicles registered in the country last year were electric

An electric car is seen getting charged at parking lot in Tsawwassen, near Vancouver, Friday, April, 6, 2018. Should Canada introduce a national mandate requiring the auto industry make or sell more zero-emission vehicles is a question facing the Liberal government as it’s not on the road to meet its own sales targets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward