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Winter is coming! Tesla latest winter driving tips!

Tesla Defrost Option on the Mobile App
Model X during the fall

Similar to the conventional internal combustion engine vehicles, owners need to change their driving behaviour during winter and prepare their cars for winter.

Learn how to enhance your winter driving experience by following these tips as summarzied below, please see the full details at Tesla Winter Driving Tips.

 

 

 

 

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BC Election 2020 – EV Policy Recommendations

BC Election 2020: Electric Vehicle Policy Recommendations for a New Government

Vancouver, BC October 6, 2020 – for immediate release

Electric vehicle associations representing 42,000 EV owners across the province have submitted a list of ten recommended policies for parties to include in their platforms. These measures will ensure that electric vehicle adoption remains a priority for the new government to enable British Columbian residents and businesses to share in the economic and environmental benefits of electric vehicles, more generally classified as Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV).

Recommended Policy Initiatives

  1. Support current Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Legislation and ZEV Incentives regarding Light Duty Vehicles (LDV) going forward to help BC meet our Climate Change commitment.
  2. Enhance current ZEV Legislation to include medium and heavy-duty vehicles (MDV/HDV) at the same 10% sales in 2025, 30% in 2030 and 100% by 2040 going forward to help BC meet our Climate Change commitment.
  3. Encourage and aid BC municipalities and BC crown corporations to achieve 25% ZEV fleets by 2024 and 100% by 2030.
  4. Amend the programs of Clean Energy Vehicles (CEV) and Scrap-It to be accessible to all BC registered dealerships ensuring greater citizen access to both new and used ZEV sales.
  5. Direct BC Hydro and encourage other BC utilities to provide a rate tariff with a flat per kWh rate, without demand charges, for providers of Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) so that known energy costs can be used to appropriately price and encourage commercial build out of the DCFC network within the province.
  6. Support the implementation of BC Hydro’s DCFC Accessibility Guidelines as a matter of compliance with the accessibility rights protected by the BC Human Rights Code, to enable everyone, including persons with disabilities, to access and operate EVs.
  7. Continue to support a comprehensive build out of public DCFC EV charging infrastructure on all primary and secondary highways in the province, particularly in remote and rural areas, including all end-point destinations to ensure equal availability for province-wide EV travel, EV tourism, and EV adoption.
  8. Direct ICBC to include on every new and renewed policy a statement indicating the average annual GHGs emitted by the vehicle being insured – this will raise awareness of individual citizens’ impact in their vehicle choices.
  9. Support and Enact the Recommendation of the Union of BC Municipalities Resolution B144 on “Right to Charge” for all multi-unit residential buildings, whether strata owned condos or rental apartments.
  10. Support Low Income Residents access to ZEVs by increasing incentives and removing Provincial Sales Tax on used ZEVs.

According to Vancouver EV Association President John Stonier, who co-sponsored the letter, the recommended policy measures will not require the new government to spend taxpayer money yet will make a real difference in light of the significant increase in EVs across the province.

Stonier noted, “EV ownership in the province has nearly doubled each year over the past five years.  These increases underscore the need for sensible government policies to ensure that more British Columbians can switch to zero emissions driving with appropriate EV charging access and infrastructure.”

The policy measures were submitted to the BC NDP, Liberal, Conservative, and Green parties by the following electric vehicle associations:

    • Vancouver EV Association
    • Victoria EV Association
    • Comox Valley EV Association
    • Sunshine Coast EV Association
    • Transition Saltspring Island EV Group
    • Prince George EV Association
    • Mid-Vancouver Island EV Association
    • Kamloops EV Owners
    • Tesla Owners of British Columbia

The letter sent to the parties can be downloaded here.

Trans-Canada Supercharger Route Now Open

Since 2012, we’ve installed more than 18,000 Superchargers globally. With the Trans-Canada Supercharging route now open, every owner has the freedom to charge from Vancouver to Halifax—including more than 50 new charging options at Parks Canada locations.

The epic coast-to-coast route includes mostly V3 Supercharger Stations, which can add up to 290 km of range in 15 minutes of charging. Simply add a destination with Trip Planner and your car will automatically suggest Supercharger stops and estimated arrival times, with popular destinations and amenities along the way.

Click Map Below to Enlarge (Van Isld to Nelson, BC)

Tesla leads in test driving

Tesla delivers on its promise of a safe, touchless test driving experience.

BY GUY HALL, ELECTRIC AUTO ASSOCIATION SECRETARY

Now that Tesla is delivering the Model Y, I thought I would check into a test drive. But given the global pandemic, and the inability to go to a dealer, what are the options for a prospective customer? 

I visited Tesla’s website, specifically set up to reserve test drives, and  a couple of clicks later, I was scheduled for 4 PM that afternoon. As my wife and I drove to the Tesla store, I was eager to see how Tesla technology is used to support their “Touchless” test drive. I expected a low touch experience, and it was, aside from exchanging my driver’s license with the advisor and using one finger to sign an insurance agreement. We were told that the Model Y interior surfaces had been wiped down, and that it was ready for my wife and I to take for a spin. So far, pretty standard treatment, not unlike any other dealership.  

Touchless also meant no key to hand to me.  The sales rep had not only started the car with his phone, he had programmed the route into the navigation. There was a caveat; because the Tesla is keyless, it was important to leave the car running, even when switching drivers. Of course,  the sales rep was able to monitor our test drive on his phone (including our speed), so it is likely he would have noticed our mistake and remotely started it up again.

It is interesting to note, that with their dynamic “over the air” updates, Tesla can add special capabilities, if necessary, to deal with touchless test drives and deliveries. With other electric vehicle brands, each dealership must invent its own process, and it would not include the tightly-coupled level of support from the Tesla engineering team. The results are pretty clear given the most recent overall sales statistics.

So off we went. We were driving the car while ‘under surveillance’ from afar.  As most readers know by now, Tesla has really cool technology.  Because they are the only auto manufacturer that owns the entire delivery chain, from engineering to manufacturing to showroom to final delivery, they can tweak any part of the car or process with helpful improvements. 

 Need room for the kids?

Considering a Model Y for the family? EV Vlogger Ben Sullins who has spoken at some of our Electric Auto Association events shared this video of his family’s entertaining experience test driving the Model Y.

New Cure for Corona Virus

Ecurie Horse Heaven Stables

June 8 at 3:42 PM

It has been scientifically proven that horse manure protects you from coronavirus.

Take the fresh horse manure and rub your hands

It has the following actions:

1. It prevents you from bringing your hand to your nose, eyes, mouth.

2. People will keep at least 2 meters away from you

3. No one will want to shake your hand

4. You will safely wash your hands well before going to lunch.

5.  I swear it works

TESLA MODEL Y PRICE LIST August 2020

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about pricing, incentives, taxes and options. Here’s our new attempt at a current price list. Please let us know of any errors or omissions. Prices are in Canadian Dollars.
Note: as of most recent info, the base prices for colour of white for the models shown are now reduced as follows: Model Y long range is $69,900 and the performance version is $83,900

There are limited options at this time. The standard range and seven seat versions are due out in 2021.

Beyond Exciting!

June 9 ,2020

The first Canadian delivery of the Tesla Model Y

Paul Carter, Founder/President of Tesla Owners Club of British Columbia. Programmer/Instructor, Sustainability Advocate & Baker*

#StartWith1Thing #DifferentTogether🏳️‍🌈

⚡️ 🔋 🚙 🚗 🏍️ #GoElectric

The moment the happy family who became the first proud owners of a new 2020 Tesla Model Y in Canada. Along with their new Tesla family, the Tesla Team and Owners all shared in this momentous occasion. The delivery was arranged for June 9 after the vehicle arrived during the weekend to prepare for the awaiting owners. Orders first started during the night of the reveal nearly 18 months ago.

In May 2020, Tesla again moved up the timeline to the delight of customers who’ve had orders placed since the reveal or since. Initially slated to begin production in the United States in 2021, Tesla moved it up to Summer 2020 in October 2019. Tesla has again delivered ahead of schedule for its two latest vehicles. Something that had been a bit of frustration with prior reservations holder anxiously waiting for the car of their dreams and perhaps the most enjoyable and safest cars on the planet.

On delivery day at the Tesla West 4th Sales, Service, and Deliver Center in Vancouver, BC, Canada, everyone gathered around to witness the 5th Tesla vehicle to hit the roads in Canada. The excitement was so energizing. Everyone expects the Model Y to be a huge hit. After all the crossover segment in the auto industry and 2nd to pickups for light duty vehicles. Tesla and friends posing for the camera to capture this great occasion gave the camera the number one salute and me, the club President, in an exciteful Y stance. I’ve been fortunate to experience a few times before, first being an owner in 2014 of a Tesla Model S 60, trading up to a Tesla Model S P90D and now has two (a Model X P100D and a Model 3 Performance). I was so ecstatic for the owners for their own Model Y it felt I just got a new car too! So hang onto your shorts, the Model Y could very well become the highest selling vehicle in the Tesla S3XY line-up!

I’ve created a story to welcome the Tesla Model Y to Canada around a theme. It’s “Y We 💙U” (“Why” We love You), a play on Model Y letter: why. Check out the presentation below. Don’t worry, it’s mostly full of wonderful photos I took along with a few Tesla stock photos.

Future Tesla Owners

The Model Y is now also available for the Tesla referral program, where the soon to be owner, is sometimes eligible for incentives. In most places the owner who refers you also gets some referral rewards like small perks, a chance to win some great prices, invites to events, and earn their way into a free car! However in a few places (like BC and 2 States), it’s against the law. Write into your MLA and tell them it’s unfair as virtually everything you can buy these days has perks like this (if you agree).

Likely, by now you’ll probably know someone who owns a Tesla or chatted up a total stranger and about theirs! So before you buy, reach out to an existing owner who you know or has helped you and ask for their code.

If your curiosity is now peaked, go up to any owner, they will be more than delighted to answer any questions you have. That’s one of the great things about the Tesla family. Owners who have seen the community around Tesla foster kinship and community. Chances are they will also know about the benefits of other electric vehicles, not just Tesla. Some are advocates like myself who help educate the benefits of the performance, time, costs, and environmental savings that come along with it also be extremely fun to drive due to the instant torque that all electric vehicles provide that joy.

Current Incentives

Check for electric vehicles incentives and do the math on total cost of ownership. The extra upfront costs for this state of the art technology and battery

The current referral program gives the new owner 1,500 free Supercharger enabled kilometres. The Supercharger network allows for very fast charging while on long distance travel and fast charging while shopping at some malls.

You’re now free to go about the country (Well via Highway 1 from Victoria to Nova Scotia with a few detours available on you trek in a great piece of high tech!

As of June 2020 there are 100 Supercharges in Canada allowing you to go from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia via the Trans Canada Highway. In the USA there are 824 in which covers nearly the entire United States.

Happy Hypermiling or dreams of never going to the gas station again!

Paul CarterTesla Owners Club of British Columbia

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