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.


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

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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


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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Tesla’s Andrej Karpathy talks Autopilot

Tesla’s Director of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision is training Autopilot to allow faster and more accurate image detection.


Tesla moves toward full self-driving

For over three years now, all new Tesla models have included cameras, along with radar and ultrasonic proximity sensing, to provide more than just driving assistance. What the company terms full self-driving has been slowly evolving with incremental improvements.

Tesla’s approach is based on advanced artificial intelligence for vision and vehicle movement planning, supported by efficient use of their on-board inference hardware. The company believes this is the only way to achieve a general solution to full self-driving, and coupled with GPS and map data, it has seen impressive results.

Karpathy offers insights

In mid-April, Andrej Karpathy, Director of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision on Tesla’s Autopilot Team, spoke at the 5th Annual Scaled Machine Learning Conference 2020. In his talk, Karpathy explains how Tesla trains Autopilot with its customer-collected data feed using long tail examples such as stop signs painted on buildings or occluded by tree branches. To improve Autopilot’s reaction in these instances, Tesla uses an over-the-air software detector sent to each of its 800,000+ roving vehicles to know whether or not owners have purchased the software. This detector, for example, can identify images of occluded stop signs.

In contrast, GM’s Cruise Automation and Waymo have limited access to such data for their fleets that operate in the hundreds in several cities instead of Tesla’s hundreds of thousands operating across the country.

As described by Karpathy, the clever use of a growing fleet to gather data bodes for an impressive head start. These cars sense and are robots networked together to gather data from the remote corners of wherever the car takes its driver. This entire new fleet already includes enabled active safety emergency braking capabilities to warn drivers in case of need.

Karpathy explains how Tesla bridges the gap between cameras and LiDAR, and plans a major foundational core system rewrite to allow the “neural net to absorb more and more of the problem.”  The rewrite also enables rapid updates, including the use of 3D video labeling (as opposed to 2D image labeling), which in turn allows faster, more accurate image detection and vehicle path planning.

In this new version, LiDAR will better recognize images, and assess direct depth of objects, with a higher level of accuracy than is achieved with cameras. In an effort to clarify the difference here, Karpathy explains that cameras use a two-step indirect process, first taking a shot of an image and then employing software to improve the outcome by gauging depth through   analyzing changes in the pixels. Mistakes involving a few pixels can translate into meters or yards of inaccuracy. By  labeling 3D videos of driving scenes, Tesla is compensating for the camera’s weakness as the primary image sensor. With the recent upgrades to on-board processing software, this can apparently be accomplished in a more timely fashion.

Local mapping with lower definition

Tesla uses far less detail than the high definition maps employed by its competitors. While a Waymo vehicle drives with preloaded information about the exact location of a stop sign, within centimeters of accuracy, a Tesla would detect only the presence of a stop sign somewhere in the vicinity. In addition to vague local maps and its camera-based approach, 3D video labeling separates Tesla from its competitors, enabling improved recognition of corner cases in solving for full autonomy.

This approach of using ‘curated unit test sets’ definitely “sets” Tesla apart (pun), making it nearly impossible for a competitor to replicate. While autonomous driving is an extremely complex problem to solve, Tesla could enjoy a near-monopoly in autonomous ride hailing if it is successful. The most recent rollout of stop sign and traffic light recognition has been seen as a significant improvement, yet drivers should still remain vigilant and cautious. Carelessness could easily bring the same results as Covid-19!

Even those lacking significant skills in software may want to check out Tesla’s recruiting webpage. There, one can view live images of what the car’s system “sees.”