Mar 3, 2017
Is it time to buy an electric vehicle?

Dustin and Amanda Batchelor bought their first electric car, a Nissan Leaf, in early 2013. At the time, the model was one of only a couple of electric vehicles (EVs) on the market. An IT professional and car aficionado, Dustin had long known about EVs but never seriously considered buying one.

Smart tech
Mar 2, 2017
Three charging speeds for electric vehicles

Fuelling up an electric vehicle (EV) is as easy as putting a plug into a socket. The amount and speed of your charge, however, depends on the technology in place. Right now there are about 1,000 public charging stations located in cities and towns across B.C. About 80% of charging...

Myth busters
Mar 1, 2017
Are EVs always cleaner?

It’s a common question: are electric vehicles (EVs) always cleaner than internal-combustion vehicles?

Smart living
Feb 28, 2017
Low-impact getaway

Manning Park, located a three-hour drive from Metro Vancouver and the Okanagan Valley, is surrounded by the spectacular Cascade Mountains and filled with glacial lakes and alpine meadows. A new direct current (DC) fast-charging station at Manning Park Resort lets electric vehicle (EV) drivers plug in, making this natural setting...

Seasons of savings
Feb 27, 2017
B.C. is getting warmer

The winter deep freeze is barely behind us but B.C. has been warming up over the long term, says meteorologist Mark Madryga. He looked at Prince George, Penticton and Vancouver Airport (all have long-term weather data). “The averages I looked at compare the periods of 1961–1990 and 1981–2010, which gives...

What in the world?
Feb 26, 2017
Videos: Spring 2017

B.C. isn’t the only place where the appetite for electric vehicles (EVs) is growing fast. Here are three videos that give you a taste of what other countries are doing to move EVs into the mainstream.

Smart eating
Feb 25, 2017
The low-kilowatt diet: B.C. spot prawn boil

Robert Belcham, chef and owner of Campagnolo restaurant, shares an easy recipe, plus tips for buying and prepping this seafood delicacy Yield: Serves 4 as an appetizer; 2 as a meal Ingredients 1 lb B.C. spot prawns 4 slices ginger 1 whole scallion, smashed (crush with the back of a chef’s knife) ½ tbsp. salt 8 cups...

Smart shopping
Feb 24, 2017
Going electric

It’s getting easier to crunch the relative costs and benefits of owning an electric vehicle (EV).

Ask an expert
Feb 23, 2017
Plugging in to electric vehicles

Alec Tsang, BC Hydro’s EV infrastructure manager, answers questions about how electric vehicles work, from accelerating to braking

Feb 22, 2017
Range anxiety

(n.) Apprehension, by a person driving an electric vehicle, around whether the car’s battery has enough range to reach the destination or charging station (leaving the car’s occupants stranded). But a new MIT study estimates that electric cars would meet the needs of 87% of drivers.

The list
Feb 21, 2017
Electric vehicles speed ahead

Last spring, the number of plug-in electric vehicles sold worldwide surpassed 1.5 million, with a 15% increase in sales during the first five months of 2016 alone. Who are the leaders when it comes to market share? The small European nations of Norway and the Netherlands are racing ahead in sales...

We asked you
Feb 20, 2017
Would you buy a plug-in electric vehicle in the next five years?

There are now more than two dozen models of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) available in B.C., ranging from the compact Smart Fortwo Electric Drive and Kia Soul to luxury EVs such as the Tesla Model X and the BMW i8 (go to for a full list). Manufacturers are racing to...

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