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This is a group for individuals (and organizations) interested in promoting the use of Electric Vehicles on Salt Spring Island.

Location: Salt Spring Island
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Latest Activity: Dec 16, 2017

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Started by Peter Freeman . Last reply by Jim Standen Aug 1, 2017.

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Comment by Peter Luckham on December 16, 2017 at 11:18am

Hello everyone from  Thetis Island, I am just reaching out to those SaltSpringers that own a Gen1 or Gen II Toyota Rav4 EV's. I just brought a Gen 1 (2002) up from Oregon and there are at least two others that I know of and am in contact with the owners. The one I bought dead and have since repaired and sold to a friend in Victoria and another in Chilliwack. I am led to believe that there might be two Gen 1's and perhaps 2 Gen II's in the "Capital of EV's in Canada". Anyway with a strong electronics back ground I have had significant success with both repairing a dead inverter and developed a good understanding of the common insulation resistance issue. The weekend of Jan the 14th I will be dropping the battery pack in mine to service the pack and evaluate a Lithium upgrade for the future. I am interested very interested in contacting any of you for mutual support. A friend of mine is looking seriously at buying a used 2014 RAV EV I would like to put her in contact with a present or even past owners of the Gen II Rav.

I am guessing you can send me a private message via this board or you can call or text me at 2five0 2five2 07five8 : Happy driving !!

Comment by Jon Healey on May 13, 2017 at 7:58am
An interesting Summary of EV uptake and charging station use. It covers the U.S. Chatgepoint world but would have some relevance for Canada.
Comment by Jon Healey on May 3, 2017 at 6:01pm
Comment by Bob MacKie on April 25, 2017 at 8:37am
Comment by Jon Healey on April 10, 2017 at 7:52am
Hi all.
Some people, particularly owners of late model IMievs are having difficulty with fast chargers (level3). Sometimes the charger shuts their car down and it needs a reset to be used. This has been discussed on the Vancouver Electric Vehicle group. Here is advice from Kelly Carmichael on that list.

The quick chargers can brick the LEAF as well, but it usually only happens if the charger looses power during the charging session.
The fix is to disconnect the 12v for 30 seconds or you can find the fuse that controls the main computer and that fixes the LEAF, maybe this can fix the imiev as Well?

For those with the LEAF SPY pro, you can clear the error through the service screen.

The chademo adapter for the Toyota RAV 4 causes similar problems, I have seen one guy who changed the nut holding the 12v terminal to a wing nut for easy disconnect when he has problems.
Comment by Dennis Lucarelli on March 7, 2017 at 1:46pm

Iain, these Discussion Forums can really vary depending; often many are, indeed, rather slow. Perhaps someone more knowledgeable than me, who is a part of this Forum, might reply re your Q about finding a vintage RAV-4-like EV. My answer is: I have never seen evidence of any kind of "compact SUV" like the RAV-4 [if these existed they'd probably fly off the shelves, or drive themselves off the floor for a better analogy]. Some people have retro-fitted old gas-cars with batteries (Jon Healey comes to mind). And there are higher-end, newer SUV-ish cars but the ones I'm familiar with are more at the high-price end. I don't think it will be too long .. the technology is there and many will say that EVs are already an economically competitive option for manufacturers... however if they (the makers) suddenly roll out all kinds of EVs then what (they would ask) will happen to their profits on manufacture and sale of conventional (gasoline) vehicles.  Lucky for all of us, I'm just heard from Jim Standen that Volkswagen is moving very heavily into EVs... (supposedly on the rationale that "why not, they tanked their reputation, so cannot sell their cars, so what have they got to lose?" ... speculative perhaps, but a big shift, big disruptions, are brewing for conventional car makers.

Comment by Iain Leckie on March 7, 2017 at 1:21pm

sorry again. maybe it belongs here if someone could  let me know where these kinds of queries should go [other then the basket] cheers

howdy does any know if there is a 2013 vintage rav4 or like ev on salt spring. or does anyone have a suggestion for that type of ev.  have been looking at the leaf but for our needs maybe an suv type would be better. any rec's or info welcome cheers

Comment by Bob MacKie on October 11, 2016 at 10:32am

Wireless charging?

The Mercedes S550e hybrid has a wireless charging option. And despite what that article says "as yet probably too slow for a fully electric vehicle"; another article suggests that will not be a permanent situation.

"You can be forgiven for thinking this convenience ought to come with a drawback, like longer charging times. But surprisingly, inductive charging turns out to be about as efficient as its tethered counterpart. "Because of things like AC to DC conversion, inefficiencies with connectors, and so on, traditional chargers have about 95 percent efficiency," Davison told us. "Wireless charging is currently around 90 percent." The rate limiter is actually how much energy the car will accept, but the system works with both 3.3 kW (13 amp, 220v) and 6.6 kW (20 amp, 220v) supplies."

Also, you may have seen this but "Germany’s Bundesrat votes to ban the internal combustion engine by ...". Non-binding but still a powerful signal from the country that invented the ICE.

Comment by Dennis Lucarelli on September 27, 2016 at 12:38am

Let's get a HUGE turnout at Green Drinks on Thursday, October 27, so when we pass each other on the road we will know who we are waving at, or who is waving at us!

Comment by Jim Standen on July 23, 2016 at 7:54am

Hi Brandon,

      I can also be reached at  Do you have a phone number or email so I can contact you ?




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