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  1. 2016-02-26 at 16:01

    Sorry we missed it. Will be back in Victoria BC end of April and stick around for May. Starting our cross Canada trip in a Model X June 1.
    Any events planned for May yet?
    Rolf and Silke

    • 2016-02-26 at 18:23

      Hi Rolf and Silke,

      The board is meeting in early March. Hopefully we will have an event planned for May before you go on your journey!

  2. 2016-03-08 at 21:17

    Thanks Paul

  3. 2016-03-21 at 10:03

    Does this apply to Bus Lanes? IE Hastings street during rush hour?

    • 2016-03-21 at 10:20

      Bus Lanes, no, HOV lanes in the city, Yes. They are putting up signs with EV OK with decal to clarify.

    • 2016-11-03 at 12:19

      Update: The city will be posting EV Ok signs in Vancouver!

  4. 2016-03-21 at 16:49

    I received my sticker in the mail today.The letter says iIt is to be located either on the rear window or rear bumper, clearly visible to law enforcement.
    I’m driving a clean, green, HOV machine!

  5. 2016-04-07 at 15:19

    Sent in my application on Thursday, March 3 … over a month and still no sticker!!

    • 2016-04-26 at 17:24

      FINALLY!! Arrived in today’s mail after a mere 7 weeks …

  6. Chris Norton
    2016-04-08 at 15:44

    Emailed my application March 16th, still no sticker. Called and left a message, no response.

  7. 2016-04-08 at 18:23

    They returned my call and told me that they have received my application and they’ll be sending out another batch of stickers next week. She claims that they received a large number of applications, which I suppose is good news.

  8. 2016-04-18 at 18:47

    I went through a no touch car wash today and a third of the OK sticker disappeared all around the edges. Pretty poor quality I’d say. I fear another couple of washes and it will be unreadable.

    • 2016-04-18 at 18:57

      Try ordering a replacement as soon as you can, perhaps a bad batch. Also would be good to know the process to replace!

  9. Mark Fromberg
    2016-06-05 at 19:13

    I hate the new HOV sticker for several reasons: One, as has already been pointed out, it will eventually wear off/peel off. Second, I have little desire to affix anything to my paint job! Third, I think affixing it to the rear windshield is stupid, since it the profile of this window makes it poorly visible. Fourth, using the same emblem as on HOV lanes doesn’t seem right: Instead of having the electric car symbol with OK next to it, wouldn’t it make more sense to have something that implies that the car is OK to be OK in the HOV lane, such as “HOV OK” or similar, perhaps in green letters? And why not just have the sticker a little smaller so it can fit on the corner of the licence plate?

    I recently sent an email to the premier’s office to encourage remaking this sticker so that it is small enough to be placed on one corner of the licence plate. Please feel free to copy or paraphrase any of this, so that we might get some movement on this before the next rendition comes out.

    Premier Clark,

    I was delighted when, in March you announced that, as an incentive to “go green”, effective immediately, HOV lanes would allow electric vehicles without needing a passenger. Based on my electric car ownership, I recently received my HOV exemption permit sticker from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, along with the instructions to stick on the rear bumper or rear windshield.
    I have three concerns with what I received that I would hope the Ministry would consider:

    1) First, the sticker comes with instructions to be applied directly to the paint of a car, or to a window, neither of which are desirable, since the sticker can affect the paint and the cleaning of the car if on the bumper, and is not well seen on the rear windshield considering the almost horizontal profile of most rear windshields (especially Teslas); in both places, the sticker can be easily stolen.

    2) Second, the sticker is too large to affix to the licence plate, a much more desirable location. If this sticker was the size of the annual insurance sticker, it could be placed in one corner of the licence plate, it would still be easy to see, and it would be in a central location.

    3) The sticker itself is designed to look exactly the same as the sign over some HOV lanes–namely, with an image of an electric cord plugged into a car, beside the letters “OK” (see the image in the upper right part of the form, attached). Wouldn’t it make more sense to have the sticker have a message that implies that the car is “HOV OK”? Perhaps just the letters HOV in green, or with a check mark √ beside it…

    Thank you for spearheading this initiative, and for your consideration for some minor modifications to the sticker.

    Best regards,

    Mark

    • 2016-07-22 at 11:17

      I sent a similar letter to Todd Stone, who is the minister responsible (I think). Having a small sticker on the plate would be a simple solution and easy for enforcers to spot – if made the ‘required’ location. Problem would be if the plate is transferred to a non-EV… the sticker would have to be peeled off.

      • Mark Fromberg
        2016-07-22 at 13:49

        Now, who in their right mind would buy a non EV after having driven a Tesla???

        I did get an answer back from Todd Stone, who said they modelled this sticker idea from other jurisdictions, specifically California. However, in northern climates like ours, having a sticker on the bumper ain’t such a good option, where dirt, snow and grime would cause the sticker to deteriorate and fall off in pieces I suspect.

        • 2016-08-22 at 12:37

          I received my reply today, from their ‘policy analyst’ (whatever that is). Sounds like the same response as you received. Just because they did it in California doesn’t mean it was the best idea or even an appropriate idea for our jurisdiction and climate… I immediately came to the same conclusion as you – that winter grime and regular rain spray won’t allow much of a lifespan on these stickers… which seem to be pretty poor quality from the start. I’ve seen suction cup clear envelopes that are used to hang L and N stickers from the rear glass – I think I’ll see about doing something similar with my HOV sticker. There is no way it’s getting stuck on the paint! Especially considering how infrequently I’d need it living in the Interior…

          • Mark Fromberg
            2016-09-03 at 21:43

            I hope others might take the time to voice their concerns over this…spread the word if you can! Since an election is coming up, perhaps politicians will be a bit more accommodating for a while. In the meantime, I trimmed my sticker down, and put it on the lower corner of my licence plate.

  10. 2016-06-14 at 15:32

    We are looking to order a Tesla S60 D and if we order before July 15 and get a Tesla Owner’s special personal code we can get a $1200 credit.

    We used to own an RV Park in Castlegar and 3 years ago we offered a 50 amp charge to a nice young lady for her Tesla model S one evening when they needed to get back to the coast. If those folks belong to the club maybe they would oblige us as our desire to own a Tesla is all her fault! We moved to Hope, BC in late 2014 and ran into the couple again charging on Wallace St in front of the Blue Moose.

    If someone knows who that couple is, could you ask them to call us .. Dale (604) 860-0996

  11. Peter R B Ward
    2016-06-14 at 22:13

    Congratulations on this initiative to get a public charger in Cache Creek. I go through there about twice a year in my model S on my way from Vancouver to Big Bar lake and back, and the availability of this station would be useful. Let me know if I can help with future proposed stations in BC.

  12. 2016-07-18 at 13:27

    Well we got a kind referral from Brock Nanson and have ordered our S60 , thanks Brock. Looking forward now to our Sept delivery date.

  13. 2016-10-31 at 22:51

    I got some clear film (kitchen dept, they use this to line cupboards etc) from Dollarama and affixed the HOV decal to the rear window (right at the top edge, so that you don’t see the sticker from your rear view mirror).

  14. 2016-11-18 at 15:16

    Update: The City of Vancouver will be (or already has) putting up the Plug-In OK signs on Georgia Street and Grandview Highway HOV lanes. The bus lanes on Hastings and Broadway are just that, bus lanes.

  15. 2016-11-20 at 19:38

    Great news about Georgia Street ( and the others) as I frequently turn right on Cardaro and have had motorcycle police pull up beside me letting me know that I have spent too much time in the HOV lane ( apparently certain number of blocks is okay if turning right).

    • 2016-11-21 at 13:58

      @Ron Fleming: Yes, you may enter a HOV or bus lane when taking the next right. Now if that right hand turn is a long ways down and there are no other rights before it, I can’t see why you couldn’t do that. You aren’t through traffic, so you should be good.

  16. 2017-01-13 at 10:46

    Tesla is stating that per minute rates are used where there are issues charging by the kWh. I’m not sure why we’re seeing this as an issue in BC, because the DC FC network is already charging by the kWh. My understanding has been that charging for AC is a problem (essentially reselling Hydro’s power) from a legal perspective, but once it’s been converted to DC it’s a different commodity (so to speak). So why are the DC FC stations able to charge by the kWh, but Tesla evidently isn’t??

    And given the cost or power in BC, why are we on the upper end of the scale across the country? Something seems odd.

  17. 2017-01-13 at 10:51

    I believe the DCFC infrastructure are under municipal jurisdiction which have the exemption to resell by the kWh. I agree odd that our per minute rate seems higher. Likely taxes.

    • 2017-01-17 at 11:59

      This only confirms the fact that our laws governing the sale of electricity are antiquated. Once equipment is installed to make it into something BC Hydro doesn’t sell (high voltage DC), the threat to their monopoly no longer exists. It would be interesting to see how it’s all worded. If Tesla used BC Hydro’s power to charge a bank of of PowerPacks, which in turn powered the superchargers, could they charge by the kWh? If the power came from solar panels or wind turbines owned and operated by Tesla, could they charge by the kWh?

      It just seems odd that the DC FC network gets to play by different rules. At least they’re essentially overcharging for the power at 35 cents per kWh when compared to the Tesla rates!

  18. 2018-03-11 at 11:08

    Tesla has updated its rates:
    BC
    $0.40 per minute above 60 kW (12 cents increase)
    $0.20 per minute at or below 60 kW (6 cents increase)

    Alberta
    $0.36 per minute above 60 kW
    $0.18 per minute at or below 60 kW

    Washington
    $0.25 per kWh

    Oregon
    $0.24 per kWh

    California
    $0.26 per kWh

  19. 2018-11-11 at 01:37

    If you are anywhere near Kelowna, I have an electrician friend who has done this wiring for me on two different occasions. His name is Howard Tattersall (howtech@shaw.ca ). He is very experienced, now semi retired, fast, and fair. Having said that, it would be hard to imagine that any certified electrician would have any difficulty understanding the wiring by just following the manual provided with the product.

  20. 2018-11-14 at 07:35

    Please Note the following areas in which are not accessible with the decal:

    The Bus lanes in the City of Vancouver along Hastings Street, and Broadway Street
    The Bus/Vanpool lanes in the City of Burnaby along Hastings and Willington in Burnaby
    The Bus lane access to Lion’s Gate Bridge southbound

    The following HOV lanes are accessible:
    West Georgia Street to Denman Street (Lion’s Gate Bridge northbound)