Monday, April 6, 2020

Yes, We are Still Here!

EV Fest 2016 Got Interrupted by an Urgent Family matter, and never quite got going again.... In 2017, 2018, 2019! Work - got in the way, among other things!

Today - COVID-19 Seems to be the only thing in the News, but in the mean time the world of Electric Vehicles - has continued to Grow!

Updates on ideas and Event topics are planned, soon.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Event Update > Moving Next Door to IKEA!

Urgent! Urgent! Urgent!

EV Fest 2nd Public EV Charging Station Show - Sunday, January 22nd, 2017!

Public Charging Stations at Toronto Region Conservation Authority are not yet Turned on, and the Schneider Electric Stations are strictly for Fleet Vehicles! 

      Please Register using This Link for this event, Now! 

So - we are moving Next Door to IKEA, who is equipped with 4 convenient Spaces to share 2 EV Charging Stations, and we can discuss the coming DC Quick Charger at IKEA, while there!



Please Register using This Link for this event, Now!
Just over 24 hours remaining!


More Complete Directions now updated on the Event Page now!


Two 48A Sun Country Highway chargers wrapped with IKEA's wrapping. Map marker location is exact, 4 EV parking spaces in front of the two chargers. 

Opposite the curb/sidewalk behind the chargers there are an additional 4 spaces "reserved for low emissions vehicles", in case the 4 EV spaces are ever all full or ICE'd!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year! Join us for our 2nd EV Charging Station Show! This one in Vaughan, Ontario, on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017!

Happy New Year!

EV Fest 2nd Public EV Charging Station Show - Sunday, January 22nd, 2017!

First one in Vaughan, Ontario!

This one is at Highway 7 & 400, near IKEA

Eventbrite - EV Fest 2nd Public EV Charging Station Show

Toronto Region Conservation Authority
101 Exchange Ave
Vaughan, Ontario L4K 5R6
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 :
Noon to 3 PM Only.
Exhibitors $5, Guests $2.


Toronto Region Conservation Authority Map-View  Satellite View - Direction Overview

Basically, to get to this event: Exit Hwy 400 for Hwy #7 East, Travel towards Jane, St., but Turn South at Interchange Way. You can Also Get to this Event from the 407 ETR: Exit Jane St., North, Turn Left at Interchange Way, and continue past IKEA, as above!
Location - Access, Detailed Directions:
From Highway 7, Eastbound after exiting the Highway 400, travel towards Jane Street, Turn Right (South) at Interchange Way, travel to the End where it meets an intersection in front of IKEA, Turn Right (West) by the IKEA Flags.
If you are coming from the Hwy 407 ETR, at the Jane Exit - continue Straight through. Continue west past the 1st IKEA Entrance on your left, and 2nd Entrance on your left, until you are at the Third sign for IKEA Parking, and have moved to the Left Turn Lane there, Turn Left (South), and continue South right into parking lot.
As you enter, you will be at the Level 2 Charging stations. DC QC Chargers are just to your left around the corner!

Entrance to Conservation Authority Parking, at the Charging Stations - North Side

Get More Complete Directions on the EV Fest Website now! Join us with your Electric Vehicle, share EV Charging Experiences, Tips, and Discoveries, and help us all grow!

Eventbrite - EV Fest 2nd Public EV Charging Station Show


Saturday, December 24, 2016

EV Fest 2nd Public EV Charging Station Show - You are invited!

You are invited to the following event:
EV FEST 2ND PUBLIC EV CHARGING STATION SHOW

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations around Ontario, and Toronto are Growing in Numbers, and not everyone is aware of many of the new locations! 

This Event is the 3rd (Third) of what we hope to be many, many, such small events, and the Second for the General Public, where we will be creating a smaller event, showcasing the sites where there are more than one Electric Vehicle Charging Station available for Public Access.

Eventbrite - EV Fest 2nd Public EV Charging Station Show

This one is at (Click Link >) Toronto Region Conservation Authority - Head Office - a New Location only recently listed on  PlugShare! Overflow EV Charging at IKEA, Next Door!


Sun, 22 January 2017; 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Toronto Region Conservation Authority

101 Exchange Ave

Vaughan‎, Ontario‎ L4K 5R6



Toronto Region Conservation Authority - Head Office - PlugShare Info 


We will be inviting Electric Vehicle Owners and Operators with EV's and PHEV's to come out and Join us for a Charge, and to Meet other EV Owners, plus inviting Past EV Fest Guests, and the Public, for Events, to Join us and See Just how Easy and Quick it is for Electric Vehicles to be Connected and Disconnected from a Public Charging Station, and how convenient it is to use a Charging Station (IF Electric Vehicle Owners are willing to share these points)!
Toronto Region Conservation Authority Map-View 


There will be a small Token Fee for these events, usually at the pocket change level, and the events will be shorter in duration than the normal EV Fest Show Hours. Donations for supporting Future Events and EV Fest Growth will also be accepted when Registering.
It is OK to come early - but if you come late - the event might be already over!
Guest and EV/PHEV Numbers may be limited, as these events will be generally in parking lot spaces where there is vehicle traffic, and there won't be an unlimited Number of Charging Stations.

Be Advised - Watch for Vehicular Traffic - Some Won't Be EV's!

Not All such Events will be Scheduled with a lot of notice, or with specific permission to have priority access to such Chargers, as they are Public, but as for much of the time most such sites are underutilized, and we will try to invite less EV Owners than the number of Charging Stations on site, so there is room for the general public as well, we feel that for the most part, this would be a great introduction of the realities of EV Charging, showcasing the benefits, and opportunities, as well as any learning opportunities for the uninformed public to develop a respect for Electric Vehicle Charging Spaces, their uses, and diplomacy.

Anyone wishing to Volunteer an assist with organizing these events, please contact us.
Thanks for coming, and Supporting EV Fest!

Eventbrite - EV Fest 2nd Public EV Charging Station Show


Friday, June 24, 2016

EV Fest 2016 Guest Tickets Now Available Here!

Now that you are here, you can get your Tickets to EV Fest 2016 right below!

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Growth of Tesla Superchargers - In Ontario, Nearby, and Worldwide, since Revealing the Tesla Model 3!

At the March 31st, 2016 Reveal of the Tesla Model 3, Elon Stated the plans for a massive increase in Tesla Provided Charging Stations, by the end of 2017!

The Numbers were basically - to Double the Supercharging Stations (to 7200), and Quadruple the Destination Chargers (to 15,000)! Of course, if you drive a Tesla - you have the possibility to access all Local Public Level 2 Charging Stations, Shared J1772 and Tesla Home Chargers, NEMA 14-50 Campsite Power Plugs (And other types), and also CHAdeMO Public Charging Stations (If you have access to or have the CHAdeMO Adapter)!

As to CHAdeMO - they update their numbers periodically on the website - http://www.chademo.com/ and the latest update showed "The number of CHAdeMO DC Quick chargers installed up to today is 11291. -- (Japan 6469 Europe 3028 USA 1686 Others 108) last update 2016.04.20" 

Update: The number of CHAdeMO DC Quick chargers installed up to today is 11389.
-- (Japan 6469 Europe 3028 USA 1784 Others 108) last update 2016.06.02 
Also New - CHAdeMO ANNOUNCES HIGH POWER (150KW) VERSION OF THE PROTOCOL

Supercharger information can of course be found at Tesla's Page - https://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger but it can also be tracked on another, quite popular site - http://supercharge.info/ - which might differ in numbers of sites counted, but is a bit more interactive in tracking the build out with presentation of sites that are in permit state, under construction, and completed!

To see how many the http://supercharge.info/ counts as having come online, enter permit stage, or start construction, since March 31st, we click on the 'Changes' Link up at the top right of the sites page, and to see how many in each region - and in total - click the 'Charts' Link up at the top right.
Top Right Menu on www.supercharge.info




Asia-Pacific Region has gone from 119 Supercharger Sites open - to 125, since March 31st, 2016. (+6)
Europe has gone from 222 Supercharger Sites open to 228 - since March 31st, 2016. (+6)
America has gone from 276 Supercharger Sites open to 283 - since March 31st, 2016. (+7)

In all - Each region has been pretty much growing at the same pace of Open Superchargers, with America leading by just 1 more than either Asia Pacific or Europe, and with 19 new sites overall, Tesla owners are seeing steady support in each of their regions, for expanding routes and increasing density in busy routes and areas! The numbers of new sites equal about 1 new site opening in each region, each 10 days as an average!

Looking at the Changes - there have been 75 new additions or updates in 59 days, or about 1.27 Supercharger Additions or updates per day since revealing the model 3! Update: + 12 items - see below.

During this time - Sites that went from Permit Stage to Construction Stage (# of Days*):
Alexandria, LA (20); Augusta, GA (1); Magog, QC (27); Miner, MO (2); and Plattsburgh, NY (18).

Sites that have gone from Construction Stage to Open (# of Days*):
Shreveport, LA (21); Reno, NV (1); Pocatello, ID (31); Magliano, Italy (1); Leonberg-Ost, Germany (2);
Hawthorne, NV (8); Grimsby, ON (23).

*These are the differences in the dates reported on Supercharger.info from one step to the next (Permit - Construction, or Construction - Open), and may not be precisely accurately reported, but are reasonable indicators of the various amounts of time between steps in the development.

This accounts for 12 sites that have changed status from permit to Construction, or from Construction to Open, but 51 others remain that have simply reported a single change from not showing - to permit, or were updated to construction, or updated to open, during this time!

There have been 12 Additional Permits issued to allow Supercharger Construction, 21 New sites that began Construction, and 18 other Sites that Opened for access!

Permits (12): West Des Moines, IA; Sweetwater, TX; Springfield, MO; Meridian, MS; Lee, MA; Landsberg, Germany; Ewingsdale, Australia; Cuernavaca, Mexico; Cisco, TX; Burgos, Spain; Bowling Green, KY; and Bay City, MI.

Construction (21): Vystrkov, Czech Republic; Tonopah, NV; Sulphur Springs, TX; Steg-Hohtenn, Switzerland; Southampton, NY; Saint-Laurent, QC; Peru, IL; Nebbenes, Norway; Murcia, Spain; Lindale, TX; Laurel, MD; Katowice, Poland; Idaho Falls, ID; Harrisburg, PA; Erie, PA; Egg Harbor Township, NJ; Dugopolje, Croatia; Catoosa, OK; Buena Park, CA; Bernau, Germany; Bend, OR.

Open (18): Zarechye, Russia; Ya'an, China; West Yellowstone, MT; Wertheim, Germany; Terre Haute, IN; Temecula, CA; Suzhou - Wuzhong, China; Shijiazhuang - Healthy City, China; Sanya - Mingzhu, China; Pearl, MS; Kunshan - Qidi Park, China; Kostomłoty, Poland; Harrisburg, PA; Dongguan - Songshan Lake, China; Chengdu, China; Châteauroux, France; Champaign, IL; Beijing - Youth Road, China.

Update: Since I sat down to write this blog post - last Sunday, May 29th, 2016 - with interruptions and an injury at work slowing me down - http://supercharge.info/ has added 12 new Events - updating some from Construction to Open, from Permit to Construction, and New Permits! CHAdeMO has also updated their numbers - added in above!

New Permits: Oakdale, MN; Port Huron, MI have been added, Now in Construction Stage is Bowling Green, KY, and Now Open are: Dugopolje, Croatia; Miner, MO; Cuernavaca, Mexico; Tonopah, NV; Southampton, NY; Strasbourg, France; Bristol - M5, UK; Erie, PA; and Shanghai- Grand Gateway, China.

Of course - there is a good distance to go towards doubling the number of Superchargers, and - I don't know of a site like Supercharge.info that tracks Destination Chargers - so for that we just have to watch Tesla's page - https://www.teslamotors.com/destination-charging and observe the general action there.

By 10:30 AM on June 5th, 2016 - here
is what Supercharge.in was reporting.