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Electric vehicle drivers will now see new charging fees at Victoria’s city-owned parkades and surface lots. Pictured is the Store Street charging station in downtown Victoria. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria)

Victoria sets new public electric vehicle charging fees

Rates apply to city-owned parkades, surface lots

Electric vehicle drivers will now see new charging fees at Victoria’s city-owned parkades and surface lots. Pictured is the Store Street charging station in downtown Victoria. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria)
Heavy equipment is shown at the Cheetah Resources Nechalacho Project near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in an undated handout image. The country’s first rare earth mine has started delivering concentrated ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ BILLBRADENPHOTO / HO-CHEETAH RESOURCES

First Canadian rare earth mine starts shipping concentrate from N.W.T.

Minerals critical for computers, wind turbines and electric cars

Heavy equipment is shown at the Cheetah Resources Nechalacho Project near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories in an undated handout image. The country’s first rare earth mine has started delivering concentrated ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ BILLBRADENPHOTO / HO-CHEETAH RESOURCES
An electric vehicle charging at the University of Victoria. (Courtesy of Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)

Buying an EV in B.C. isn’t easy these days, but more supply expected by 2026

B.C. Hydro report found 34 per cent of buyers hesitant to pick EVs due to lack of supply

An electric vehicle charging at the University of Victoria. (Courtesy of Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)
A hydrogen fuel pump in Vancouver. (Courtesy of Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association)

Vancouver Island’s first hydrogen fueling station opens in Saanich

Station one of five in B.C., latest of an additional 10 the province is funding

A hydrogen fuel pump in Vancouver. (Courtesy of Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association)
The Alfa Romeo Tonale is a compact utility vehicle that in base trim comes with a 256-horsepower four-cylinder engine. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version. Look for it for the 2023 model year. PHOTO: STELLANTIS

The Auto Sleuth: Alfa Romeo, Dodge Ram and Winnebago get electrified

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The Alfa Romeo Tonale is a compact utility vehicle that in base trim comes with a 256-horsepower four-cylinder engine. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version. Look for it for the 2023 model year. PHOTO: STELLANTIS
In this photo made on Thursday, May 6, 2021, a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E is seen as it is charging. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

More cars, SUVs to qualify for electric vehicle rebates as feds expand program

In 2021, about one in 20 new vehicles was electric

In this photo made on Thursday, May 6, 2021, a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E is seen as it is charging. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition March 9, 2020, in Washington. Musk’s lawyer says a federal judge would trample on the Tesla CEO’s free speech rights if he ordered Musk to stop talking about 2018 tweets saying he had the funding to make Tesla a private company. In a court document filed Wednesday, April 20, 2022, Lawyer Alex Spiro says a motion from a group of Tesla shareholders seeking a gag order doesn’t establish that Musk’s comments will prejudice the pool of jurors who may hear the case. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Judge rejects gag order in suit over 2018 Elon Musk tweets

Lawyers have argued Musk is trying to influence potential jurors

Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition March 9, 2020, in Washington. Musk’s lawyer says a federal judge would trample on the Tesla CEO’s free speech rights if he ordered Musk to stop talking about 2018 tweets saying he had the funding to make Tesla a private company. In a court document filed Wednesday, April 20, 2022, Lawyer Alex Spiro says a motion from a group of Tesla shareholders seeking a gag order doesn’t establish that Musk’s comments will prejudice the pool of jurors who may hear the case. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
A Victoria Electric Vehicle Association volunteer counting EVs in the morning commute Wednesday from the Helmcken Road overpass, the view from which is shown here, attracted a well-being check from West Shore RCMP, after a citizen called about a possible person in distress. (Black Press Media file photo)

Concerned West Shore citizens mistake EV counter for a person in distress

Volunteer at Helmcken Road overpass railing approached by responding police

A Victoria Electric Vehicle Association volunteer counting EVs in the morning commute Wednesday from the Helmcken Road overpass, the view from which is shown here, attracted a well-being check from West Shore RCMP, after a citizen called about a possible person in distress. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Victoria Electric Vehicle Association conducted its annual EV count during Wednesday’s morning commute. (Courtesy of Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)

Victoria’s annual electric vehicle count sees 70 per cent increase over last year

Victoria Electric Vehicle Association counted 1,728 EVs during morning commute

The Victoria Electric Vehicle Association conducted its annual EV count during Wednesday’s morning commute. (Courtesy of Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)
The Victoria Electric Vehicle Association is conducting its annual EV count during Wednesday’s morning commute April 13. (Courtesy of Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)

Annual Victoria EV count set for Wednesday morning commute

Victoria Electric Vehicle Association looks to measure the growth of EV usage

The Victoria Electric Vehicle Association is conducting its annual EV count during Wednesday’s morning commute April 13. (Courtesy of Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted his government’s electric vehicle moves during an appearance at Royal Roads University in Colwood on April 11. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Prime minister rolls into Greater Victoria to boost Liberal electric vehicle moves

Trudeau advanced EV sales mandates, faced questions on where electricity will come from

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted his government’s electric vehicle moves during an appearance at Royal Roads University in Colwood on April 11. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
An electric car is seen getting charged at parking lot in Tsawwassen, near Vancouver B.C., Friday, April, 6, 2018. The Canadian auto industry says federal budget programs for electric vehicles and charging stations aren’t enough to reach the government’s ambitious new sales targets.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Automakers say federal budget not doing enough to hit new electric vehicle targets

2022 federal budget promises to extend $5,000 purchase rebate on electric vehicles

An electric car is seen getting charged at parking lot in Tsawwassen, near Vancouver B.C., Friday, April, 6, 2018. The Canadian auto industry says federal budget programs for electric vehicles and charging stations aren’t enough to reach the government’s ambitious new sales targets.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Demand for electric vehicles in Greater Victoria is surging alongside gas prices, according to car dealerships. (Courtesy of Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)

‘Ridiculous increases’: Greater Victoria car dealerships see surge in EV interest

Electric vehicle sales on rise for years, but recent gas prices pushing more drivers to convert

Demand for electric vehicles in Greater Victoria is surging alongside gas prices, according to car dealerships. (Courtesy of Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)
A car is charged at a charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s new electric-vehicle registrations soar in 2021 but still lag behind Europe

More EVs registered in first 9 months of 2021 than any previous full year

A car is charged at a charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Victoria Fire Department added these five new electric vehicles, nicknamed FireBolts, to their fleet in the spring of 2021. Victoria will attempt to replace an estimated 143 vehicles with EVs by 2030. (Photo courtesy of City of Victoria)

Victoria looks to green up fleet by replacing 140 vehicles with electric options by 2030

Council-adopted Green Fleet Plan lays out pathway to reduce emissions from city vehicles

The Victoria Fire Department added these five new electric vehicles, nicknamed FireBolts, to their fleet in the spring of 2021. Victoria will attempt to replace an estimated 143 vehicles with EVs by 2030. (Photo courtesy of City of Victoria)
Rapidly expanding the public charging network in the city of Victoria is key to getting more drivers behind the wheel of an electric vehicle. Pictured is an EV charging station in the city’s Broughton Street parkade. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Victoria aims to add 650 public electric vehicle charging stations over 5 years

City’s adopted EV strategy pegs expansion cost at $8.5 million, 100 charging ports coming in 2022

Rapidly expanding the public charging network in the city of Victoria is key to getting more drivers behind the wheel of an electric vehicle. Pictured is an EV charging station in the city’s Broughton Street parkade. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Langford will officially be the first community on Vancouver Island to host a Tesla Centre and the West Shore RCMP will be the first detachment in Canada to operate a front-line electric police car. Both announcements were made Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Tesla centre. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Langford gets Island’s first Tesla centre, RCMP’s first EV cruiser

The centre is expected to open June 2023 with the police car set to arrive later this year

Langford will officially be the first community on Vancouver Island to host a Tesla Centre and the West Shore RCMP will be the first detachment in Canada to operate a front-line electric police car. Both announcements were made Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Tesla centre. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The Capital Regional District has received federal funding to develop a mobile electric vehicle demonstration unit. (File photo/courtesy of City of Victoria)

CRD granted $224,000 towards EV promotion in Greater Victoria

Funding to be used to develop zero emissions vehcile mobile demonstration unit

The Capital Regional District has received federal funding to develop a mobile electric vehicle demonstration unit. (File photo/courtesy of City of Victoria)
The Chicago Auto Show is back for a 10-day run and electric vehicles will be taking centre stage, with everything from an indoor EV test track to a slew of new model debuts.

The atmosphere’s electric at this year’s Chicago Auto Show

By Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune The Chicago Auto Show is back at…

The Chicago Auto Show is back for a 10-day run and electric vehicles will be taking centre stage, with everything from an indoor EV test track to a slew of new model debuts.
Fruitvale council’s decision to start having EV owners pay for power consumed at the municipal charging station brings up the question of who’s footing the bill elsewhere. In downtown Trail this EV was charging up early Monday morning at one of the free charging stations. Photo: Trail Times

West Kootenay town nixes ‘free’ charging station for EVs

A grant had previously covered the expense at the municipal charging station in Fruitvale

Fruitvale council’s decision to start having EV owners pay for power consumed at the municipal charging station brings up the question of who’s footing the bill elsewhere. In downtown Trail this EV was charging up early Monday morning at one of the free charging stations. Photo: Trail Times
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