VEVA: end-of-2012 stats updates, and Vancouver area charging station updates

(Cross-posted from the VEVA mailing list and LinkedIn group)

A few final updates, before the end of the year. :)

a) Metrotown’s charging stations — all 10 of them — should be up and running in January. I’ve been in touch with one of their project managers, who said he’d let us know when the official unveiling is. It’d be super cool if we could get a bunch of folks coming down for the grand opening, because then we could get some media mentions… maybe encourage some people to consider going electric… and who knows, maybe we’ll get a few new members too?  :)

b) I just found out that the super-polarizing local environmental titan David Suzuki, is a plug-in Prius owner. He’s not a VEVA member yet, but I know a, um, very eccentric mutual friend. It’d be nice if we could get him to join, eh? If nothing else, maybe we could convince him to get one of those “battery powered” stickers for his vehicle. :)

c) I’ve been doing some updates on the car sales statistics for the US and for Canada. Again, the spreadsheet is located here.

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Canadian sales are running at around 0.1% of total car sales, but with the introduction of the plug-in Prius (and more aggressive LEAF promotion efforts by Nissan) our American cousins’ EV’s are now about 0.5% of the market.

It’s hard to know the best way to interpret those numbers, so in the next few weeks I’ll be trying to calculate what % of the market EV’s are in the US and Canada, among $30,000+ vehicles.

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