The Transition Salt Spring - EV Group is:
Jim Standen - TESLA Model Y, Team Lead, media, web site, EV registrations, interface with Victoria EV Association, SSI Chamber of Commerce, automotive dealers.
Barbara Dempster - CHEVROLET BOLT, FIAT 500e, Team Lead Backup, Charger expert, Exchange interface. Vancouver EV Association and CRD interface.
Markus Wenzel - TESLA MODEL 3, financial considerations.
John Holmes - NISSAN LEAF, ice conversions, public EV charger support.
Ky Fox - NISSAN LEAF, entertainment coordinator.
Rob Lowrie - CHEVROLET BOLT, TSS Climate Action Coach.
Dennis Fortin - BMW-i3, EV 101 instructor, on-line / local and tourism charger maps (ie. Gulf Islander Magazine).
Tom Mitchell - NISSAN LEAF, special events (like parades and Green Drinks). Anti-plastic group interface.
David Elderton - NISSAN LEAF, electronics and e-bikes. Islands Pathways interface.
Ron Watts - KIA SOUL EV, Event Photography, Community Energy Group Society Interface.
John Newton - NISSAN LEAF, Emission Statistics
Peter Lamb - NISSAN LEAF, Events, Emission Statistics.
Mark Ritchie - TESLA MODEL 3, Lions Club Interface, solar, emergency planning (POD)
Anonymous - EV Myths.
Our team mantra’s are: "make every hour of effort count", “Keep the EV conversation going” and “have LOTS of fun with our mission”. All EV Group members drive EV's.
ACHIEVEMENTS - 2022
Summary: A very good start to the year, with the announcement of global EV sales in November, 2021 of 11.5% and 65% of sales in 2021 in Norway. Tesla is firmly in the lead with a massive 72% global market share.
1. EDUCATION and PUBLIC AWARENESS:
Jan 6. EVfriendly recognizes the Salt Spring Island - high EV penetration rate on Facebook (See image Below).
Jan - Feb 8. Assisted the Climate Action Coach, Rob Lowrie and Natasha Kong with the Feb 8th Transportation presentation. This involved ZOOMs, reviewing and amendments to two media articles, providing photos and statistics, advising on regional EV Dealer Principles and many other facets.
Jan - Feb. Assisted the TSS Climate Action coach by arranging local EV owners to support the video endorsement project (invitation to the Feb 8th ZOOM session).
Jan 14. Invited Rob Lowrie to attend a EV Group ZOOM session to discuss the upcoming Feb 8 event and the video project.
Jan 16. Responded to a request from the Prince George EV Association for input for their Annual Report.
Jan 18. Received copies of the promotional post cards used by the Mid-Island EV Society to promote EV adoption. We have supplied them with copies of our "Why Own an EV on SSI" booklet. We may try their approach as it has been well received.
Jan 20. Donated $50 towards a gift prize for the Feb 8th ZOOM course. The gift to be selected from those to stay to the bitter end. Gift to be used at the Salt Spring Inn, who has supported e-transportation for locals and tourists for many years (car and e-bike charging)
January. Many phone calls or ZOOM sessions with prospective EV purchasers seeking advice. Far too numerous to mention but I will highlight, as an example, the numerous emails and a fun ZOOM session with Anne Parkinson (TSS) and Susan Hannon (Conservancy) on Jan 21.
Jan 26. Attended a meeting with EV Group members stats team members Peter Lamb and John Newton to review the new Stantec Consulting Ltd. emissions reports generated for the CRD. Stantec employs different methodology and different statistics categories. We have decided to maintain our existing statistics methodology for 2021.
Jan 24. Reviewed in depth the CRD report on the strategic use of EV's after the next big earthquake (Earthquake Resiliency implications of CRD EV Adoption - Mike Churchill). Copies of the report and informal discussions held with Gary Holman, Darryl Martin, Peter Lamb, John Newton and Charles Nash (Charles is the Emergency Program Coordinator for Salt Spring). This is a very important document that could be used to leverage funding for the promotion of additional independent or grid-connected solar and battery storage on Salt Spring Island. The bottom line. In times of great challenge, the greater the energy independence, the greater the community resilience. Potential uses include transportation of people and critical goods, unique communication services and energy distribution.
Jan 26. Responded to Shannon Cowan and Rebecca Martin on the EV statistics in the upcoming Viral signs report. I also assisted Maggie Hodge Kwan in directing her to Sean (e-bike store) and David Elderton to attempt to produce parallel statistics for the e-bikes sales, ownership, emission reduction and usage on the island.
Jan 27. Responded to a request from Erinanne to write to a TSS member query about the TYEE- Nicolas Nikiforuk article which painted EV's in a less than kind viewpoint.
Jan 28. Completed the creation of the foundations for our "Ask an EV Owner" program. This responds to the question - what we can do to promote EV's, normally a touchy-feeling thing, during a pandemic. The program involves identifying the diverse range of EV makes and models on Salt Spring, gaining agreement on the rules as well as determining and achieving agreement on a filtration. process. Then approaching owners to see if they wish to be part of the program, creating a resource database. And finally, creating the media outreach. I am happy to report, that we have 14 makes and models in the database, including and Apterra (on order). Most in the database have a resource and backup resource.
============Jan + Feb 1-12. Many support projects including with the TSS-EV Buyers Seminar. This included providing information for two supporting articles, assisting in connecting with the "good" dealers, lots of connections with Rob Lowrie and Natasha Kong. And preparing and giving a presentation on the history and current state of EV's and CAP 2.0 emission reduction targets for passenger vehicles on Salt Spring Island.
Feb 11. Met with the board of the Victoria EV Association on the strategic use of EV's after the next big earthquake (Earthquake Resiliency implications of CRD EV Adoption - Mike Churchill).
Feb. Engaged with EV Group Members and IG Consultant/TSSEC members Markus Wenzel and Ky Fox and loaning a portion of our excess EV Group finds towards TSSEC EVC Charger loans or other projects.
Feb 13. For the first time ever, EV advertisements were featured in the Super Bowl LVI. This is very significant as it shows the direction and commitment of the manufacturers. They are now "all in,"
Feb 14. Assisted Country Grocer management with upgraded charger recognition data for the replacement of the donor recognition signage.
Feb 16 Driftwood. See reflective cartoon below by Dennis Parker responding to record high gas prices in BC.
Feb 24. Additional Investigation of TSSEC loan opportunity (Markus Wenzel meeting)
Mar 1. Meeting - Mark Ritchie. Lions Club charger investigation, POD emergency location (CRD report). Potential car show location.
April 11. The stats team met to discuss the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "must do" goals.
The first goal is that emissions must peak by 2025.
The second goal is a target of nearly halving emissions in this decade (2020 to 2030).
Our progress in meeting the new IPCC goals
Goal #1. Happily, for passenger vehicles only, we estimate that the peak in emissions was reached in 2018 (7 years early). There are several factors that contributed to this fact, but it is certain that the addition of 164 electric vehicles on island up to 2018 is a significant contribution.
Goal #2. By the end of 2020, there were 272 EVs on SSI, and, as time advances the addition of more EVs will make an even greater impact. We are still awaiting the 2021 data from ICBC to determine if we are on track to meet the SSI Climate Action Plan 2.0 goals of 50% reduction in 2030 over those in 2007. After close examination, we can determine that the modelling we created for the above CAP 2.0 2030 target for passenger vehicles can be applied as well to the second IPCC goal (nearly 50% in the decade). Again, when we get the ICBC numbers we will be able to report our progress. We have distributed these important statistical factoids via the TSS newsletter and the Driftwood.
April 14. First Post Pandemic Green Drinks. Hosted by the EV group. Mobys. About 20 of us EV-ers met up and chatted about EV's. Fun time was had by all.
April 14. Approached by Karla Campbell of the CRD to assist in locating potential DCFC charger locations for SSI. Responded in writing and in-person reporting.
April 14. Approached by "Tour Des Isles" representatives Darryl Martin and Robyn Williams to investigate the EV owners supporting this years event.
April 15. Approached by the Community Energy Society to assist in the donation of a charger for a building project they are working on. The EV Group reached out to the community and in early early May, 2022, we were able to announce that local Real Estate agents, Kelly Regan and Julian Bruce will sponsor two Level two chargers and a pedestal for the IWAV Croftonbrook affordable housing project.
April 20. Jim met with Karla Campbell of the CRD to provide possible DCFC (Level 3) charger locations in the Ganges area.
April 28. Jim met with the dealers in Duncan for a general update and future directions discussion. The dealers selling 2 years forward and no longer taking taking wait lists. Quote from one dealer "the situation is awful".
May Implement charger donation wait list (Markus, Jim). Visits to IWAV (Jim, Ron). Organized donations of chargers to IWAV (Kelly, Julian).
June 17. EV Group charger meeting (Barb).
June 24. Jim connected with Ruth Midgley of the CRD to assist in the planning of a few outreach visits to SSI with their Nissan Leaf and e-bikes. Assisted with contacts to Sean (Outspoken), David Elderton (Hill Eater Bikes) and Country Grocer. We will fully support their initiative.
June 18. Finalize loan to TSSEC from EV Group reserve funds (Ky, Markus, Don, Jim). Connect with Nora Laird on P/R release.
June 29. Green Drinks - EV theme - Moby's (organizer: Tom Mitchell).
July 6. Meeting with Rob Lowrie and introduction to Morgan, the new Climate Action Coach.
July 12. Meeting - Country Grocer on chargers.
July 14. Meeting - Duncan Hyundai/Motorize.
July 22. Stats Team meeting in the meadow.
August 4. Stats Team meeting in the meadow.
August 11. Reached out to Kacia Tolsma, the TSS resource assigned to producing the climate action report card.
August 25. Green Drinks - EV theme - Moby's (organizer: Tom Mitchell).
August 29. Met with Steve Mulherin, owner of the Francis Bread, Woodshed, SSI Kitchen complex to discuss the installation of Level 2 and DCFC chargers.
September 1. Articles on our EV growth and EV Charger loan pool in the Driftwood.
September 27. Initiated contact with the owner of the Woodshed/Francis Bread complex. There is an expansion taking place and we initiated the discussion of adding free public EV chargers to the site.
September 29. Green Drinks - EV theme and celebration of 40% growth rate of EV adoption from 2020 to 2021. - The Golf Club Restaurant. The concept was a group photo of some of the SSI EV drivers, showing signs of why they drive EV. The Driftwood attended to capture the event. (organizer: Tom Mitchell).
2. FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
- the EV Group is well funded for the immediate future with a very happy TSS frozen funds envelope.
May, 2022. EV's are all sold out 2 years into the future. Dealers are no longer adding to their wait lists. Cartoon from the Victoria times.