Wednesday, November 22, 2023

To our EU Friends - Fully Charged LIVE is an Electric Train Ride Away!

This weekend's show at the RAI in Amsterdam is once gain ground zero for anyone wanting to decarbonize their lives and for the hundreds of companies offering products and services to enable that path.  We would attend in person if it were possible to get from North America to the EU without burning jet or Marine fuel. Someday, we hope companies like Duxion ( can offer electric Aviation options for air travel or that Acel Power ( powered ships were in the Atlantic, ready to take passengers.

There are several notable companies at Fully Charged LIVE in the EU this weekend. One we highly recommend visiting (for the two-wheeled crowd) is Verge Motorcycles!  They are out of Estonia and have a massively cool looking electric motorcycle (Photo below).

Get your tickets/learn more here:

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

The World's Largest & Most Diverse Collection of EVs!

The Zeekr X is literally one of the many EVs that will be on display at Fully Charged LIVE in Amsterdam Nov 24-26 this year.  Everything Electric's (formerly Fully Charged LIVE) Elliot goes for a spin in the new Zeekr X. A sister car to the excellent Volvo EX30 and Smart #1, but packed with more gadgets than the two combined, has Zeekr created a truly desirable, luxury family car - or just a gimmick on wheels?

The event this weekend is believed to be the world's single largest collection of diverse brands of EV ever.  Don't take our word for it, attend and see for yourself. Tickets still available -

Another Reason to see Fully Charged LIVE in Amsterdam at the RAI!

 I live in Canada, the country of 1,000,000 lakes and 36,000,000 people who love to use them.  Sadly, boating has a huge negative GHG footprint.  We all strive to reduce our CO2 footprint but we also love boating.  One of the coolest answers to this dilemna is shown off by Thames Electric in this interview with Robert Llewellyn. 

If you are in Europe, come to Fully Charged LIVE in Amsterdam, November 24, 25 and 26 -   Travel via EV, rail or your choice of non-greenhouse gas producing method of transport.  

Thursday, November 02, 2023

Another First for British Columbia to Reduce GHGs

 The innovative uses of technology to help the population reduce reduce their GHG footprint and (gasp) even complete decarbonization continues. 

Following a visionary speech by CEO Daniel Sitnam at a climate event a few years ago where he pledged to reduce GHGs, Helijet announced plans to become the first Canadian air carrier to provide passenger and cargo services using electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL). HeliJet has placed firm orders for ALIA eVTOL aircraft from BETA Technologies.  Helijet President and CEO Danny Sitnam and BETA Sales Director Skye Carapetyan made the announcement with British Columbia Premier David Eby at Helijet’s Victoria Harbour Heliport.

Needless to say, we want to see this at Fully Charged LIVE in Vancouver September 6-8 , 2024.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

This EV Is 111 Years Young - And Still Going Strong!

This video on a 100 year old Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) puts modern EVs into perspective.  We (Fully Charged LIVE) will be back in 2024 with a bigger show! This means you may get a second chance to see this.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

A Fully Charged Success!

 I've now recovered after working Fully Charged LIVE. Not tired because the team wanted to me to work un-fathomable hours, only because I was so totally enthusiastic about working for this team that I pushed myself to the limits.

Fully Charged LIVE is literally the best thing I have been part of as a profession in the last decade. They are a global group of people 100% committed to solving the causes of climate change. As people, I witnessed the CEO and founder, Robert Llewellyn (of Red Dwarf fame) roll up his cleaves and putch in to move heavy iron gates as the show closed. I have almost never seen CEOs work at such tasks but it speaks volumes for their character.

Fully Charged LIVE is a show with one clear objective - to help educate people how to save our planet. The events are filled with information sessions exhibitors and keen individuals who are all working towards that goal.

I personally learned so much that I am still digesting the lessons.  For example, running a 2 stroke  leaf blower for one hour is as harmful to the environment as driving a modern car 500 KM. All modern autos have very advanced emissions control systems. Leaf blowers have zero emissions treatment and emit all the harmful gases to our atmosphere.

I also learned how to take steps to make my house more environmentally friendly. Starting with using a heat pump instead of gas heating, I also learned how to cook great dishes using induction stove tops rather than gas stove tops by two esteemed chefs.

Fully Charged LIVE is coming back to Vancouver in 2024. Although I am a contractor, I really hope to be involved in that event. It was the nexus of efforts to move our planet to a sustainable course.

More to come.

Monday, September 04, 2023

Fossil Fuel Subsidies rise to over $7 Billion; Why Fully Charged LIVE is Important!

  • As reported by, BP's CEO Bernard Looney and even the most pro-transition governments believe investing in immediate energy needs, like oil and gas, is essential, leading to record subsidies in 2022.  This is WRONG from a perspective of saving our planet, but understandable?  Why?  Even the local government here in British Columbia makes a ton of revenue from Fossil Fuel taxes.   Oh, you didn't know that? Understandable as it is well hidden. The taxes at the pump do fund many good things, but in the long run, they hurt us.

  • A recent IMF report indicates that the majority of the $7 trillion in subsidies is "undercharging for global warming and local air pollution," while climate think tank IISD criticizes the G20 for record-breaking state support for the fossil fuel industry.

  • The IMF also suggests that full fossil fuel price reform could reduce global CO2 emissions significantly but faces challenges from governments wary of public backlash due to increased living costs. We need to revise what we are doing here ASAP!

  • If you want to do something about this, join me at Fully Charged LIVE in Vancouver, September 8-10, 2023 and join the conversation to move to electrify everything.  We do not need fossil fuels as much as we think we do. We need to transition now. Yes, in the sort term, they are a low cost way to get stuff done, but in the long term, the costs will be mind-blowingly more expensive.

    I am not being sensationalist. Some outlets report that global fossil fuel subsidies are as much as $450 Billion annually!  This is outrageous given climate change costs are far higher.  Many leading organizations are now claiming that fossil fuel burning contributes to global annual costs that far outweigh the benefits.

    If you want to help, come to Fully Charged LIVE Sep 8-10 in Vancouver. Join us in a conversation to end this madness.

Friday, September 01, 2023

A preview of the Fully Charged LIVE Show Program

You got it here first!  Well, at least at the same time as other published it.   

The 2023 Fully Charged LIve Vancouver, BC event, scheduled for Sep 8-10, 2023, it now live. The list of exhibitors, speakers, programmes, sessions and other activities is awesome. In full disclosure, I do work for Fully Charged LIVE and am very happy to be part of the team.  

The official link is here ->

Great reading for your long holiday weekend!

Thursday, August 31, 2023

So what is Fully Charged LIVE?  Fully Charged LIVE is an electric vehicle and renewable energy-focused event hosted by the YouTube channel "Fully Charged." The show aims to educate and engage the public about sustainable transportation, renewable energy technologies, and their environmental benefits. 

For those who care about our planet, Fully Charged LIVE likely features informative sessions, workshops, and presentations about electric vehicles (EVs), clean energy solutions, and environmental sustainability. The show can play a crucial role in disseminating accurate information and dispelling myths surrounding these topics.

The event offers attendees the opportunity to see and experience the latest advancements in electric vehicles, renewable energy systems, and energy storage technologies. This can contribute to raising awareness about the rapid progress in these fields.  If you are interested in reducing your CO2 footprint, this is a great place to learn.

Fully Charged LIVE is an inspiration for sustainable living. By highlighting the benefits of electric transportation and clean energy, the show could inspire individuals to adopt more sustainable lifestyles. It might motivate people to consider purchasing electric vehicles, installing solar panels, and making other environmentally conscious choices.

The event offers great opportunities for networking. Events like Fully Charged LIVE bring together enthusiasts, experts, industry professionals, and advocates from various fields. This fosters networking, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas, which can further accelerate the adoption of clean energy solutions.

FCL has many engaging presentations as well. The list of sessions is posted online, lead by BC Hydro.  The show could feature engaging presentations, demonstrations, and interactive activities that make learning about EVs and renewable energy enjoyable for attendees of all ages.

Renewable energy is a focus of the show as well. By emphasizing the benefits of renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and hydroelectric power, the show contributes to increasing public support for the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner alternatives.  Note that all attendees are encouraged to travel by the least harmful manner possible and if unavoidable, to offset their GHG footprints by whatever means are available.

As the world continues to grapple with the challenges of climate change and pollution, events like "Fully Charged LIVE" play a role in promoting solutions that can mitigate these issues. The show can contribute to a broader movement towards sustainability.  People who are experts in helping corporations understand their impact and reduce their footprints are speaking at the event. 

It's important to note that whether "Fully Charged LIVE" is the "best" show depends on individual preferences, interests, and the specific goals of the event. Different people might prioritize different aspects of the show based on what resonates with them the most. As of my last update, the show's reputation might have grown or evolved, so I recommend checking the latest reviews and information to gauge its current standing.  The details are at

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Fully Charged LIVE - Vancouver, BC Sep 8-10, 2023

Well, I joined Fully Charged LIVE at the beginning of July 2023 and I am happy to say, the exhibit hall is full and we are fully on our way to an amazing show! BC Hydro, a company that has achieved stellar renewable vs non-renewable energy production, stepped up to lead the efforts and is totally engaged in making the show a huge success.  All the major EV manufacturers are there with only one or two exceptions.  Miss 604 is actively blogging leading up to the event and great companies like Sartee's, 7Gen, Fast Co (more on this in a bit), Innovabot (yes - the Eboo will launch in Vancouver!), Penguin Pickup, Vancouver Community College, Atlas-ESS, Zygg, Shaboardz, ENVO, Electrom, Ohm Cycles, Predator Designs and others including Porsche, Kia, Hyundai, etc will all be there. This is ground zero for those who want to reduce their CO2 footprints.

For anyone on the fence who also owns an EV, Fast Co is raffling off an amazing set of wheels at this event. Come by their booth to enter and have a chance to win a wicked prize!  I am personally going to be checking out the Predator helmets and I do want an eSkateboard for commuting - Shaboardz!

Here is a quick overview of Fully Charged LIVE:

Billed as the World’s Number 1 Home Energy & Electric Vehicle Show, Fully Charged LIVE (FCL) is coming to Vancouver September 8-10, 2023.  This will be one of only six Fully Charged Live events held around the world in 2023 and only one of two in North America.  The Live show was forged from the massive success of the Fully Charged Show, which started as a single Youtube Channel in 2010 that has now grown to a Clean Tech media powerhouse online and through social media with nearly 1M subscribers and over 4M views per month.  

It's unique digital first strategy delivers an audience ready to embrace and purchase new clean technologies.

FCL Canada will showcase what is new and next for electrification, renewable energy and clean technologies for consumers and businesses alike, all while hosting world class presentations from industry experts and Fully Charged personalities.  Clean Energy is what FCL is all about and with the full support of our Title Sponsor BC Hydro, FCL is working with industry, government, the private sector, sustainable leaders and industry experts to showcase everything to help electrify our lives and our future.

The event has a strong emphasis on transportation with a major focus on EV’s but including everything from e-bikes to micro-mobility, transit, commercial vehicles, marine vessels and even airplanes, all while presenting charging options, mobility planning and various related products and services. Attendees can explore and even test pilot a wide variety of transportation and mobility options of all shapes and sizes to fit their lifestyle and needs.  FCL has a variety of test drive/ride options including, an indoor/outdoor EV test drive, a LSV (Low Speed Vehicle) test drive, E-Bike track and Seawall access, and a Micro Machine test track.  

FCL also presents ways of transforming your homes and businesses to be more efficient with solar and wind technologies, battery storage, heat pumps, insulation, smart control tech and the latest and greatest for efficiency and aesthetics. The internationally celebrated feature, the Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT), presented by Vancity, will allow attendees the opportunity to book one-on-one time with industry experts to discuss their personal household considerations and plans to be more energy conscious.   

Government programs, municipal governments, trade associations, new innovations, education, fleet services, B2B connections/opportunities, will all be under the living green roof of the Vancouver Convention Centre at FCL. Our ‘whole industry approach to electrification’ ensures we are not simply an auto show nor a consumer marketplace, rather a multi-faceted platform where businesses and consumers can find real world solutions for today that will be future proof moving forward. FCL delivers a values-based audience that have their purchasing and lifestyle decisions rooted in doing better for the environment by way of clean energy solutions.  

Get your tickets now!

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

EV Batteries - Essential Knowledge for Consumers! Come to Fully Charged LIVE to learn more.

As part of evangelizing the Fully Charged LIVE event in Vancouver, BC Sep 8-10, 2023, I have many people who are going tell me they are currently not considering an EV due to several preconceptions about the batteries.   Aside from the show being a great place to learn about this, I wanted to post a few thoughts in this post to raise awareness over the key considerations.

One of the more common concerns is "What happens if you are driving on a long, lonely highway and your battery runs out of power?".   My answer is basic - "Pretty much the same thing that happens in an internal combustion engine (ICE) car when you run out of gas.  You're stranded until help arrives".   The point is that any technology has the potential to run out of energy and if you manage to not run out of gas on a regular basis, you will probably be equally adept at not running out of electrical energy. In fact, EV's will warn you a lot more than ICE vehicles as the electronics are generally far more advanced.

The second concern is the battery. Yes, there are some horror stories about batteries eventually needing to be replaced.  Here is a short primer on the lifespan of EV batteries (and batteries in general).

The lifespan of electric vehicle (EV) batteries can vary based on several factors, including the specific chemistry of the battery, how it's used, how it's charged, and the overall design and quality of the battery management system.   Here is a short list of some factors consumers might want to understand.

Battery Chemistry: Different EVs use different battery chemistries, such as lithium-ion (Li-ion), lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4), and others.  Many eBikes and other Micromobility devices use similar batteries.  Specific chemistries tend to have longer lifespans and better durability than others.

Usage Patterns: How an EV/eBike is driven and recharged can impact the battery lifespan. Aggressive driving, frequent rapid acceleration, and high-speed driving can all put more stress on the battery. On the other hand, gentle driving and moderate speeds can be less taxing.

Temperature: Operating in extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can affect the performance and lifespan of EV batteries. High temperatures can accelerate battery degradation, while cold temperatures can reduce the battery's efficiency and capacity temporarily.  Research Gate has an excellent article on this topic.

Charging Habits: The way an EV is charged also matters. Rapid charging and frequent deep discharges can contribute to faster degradation. Charging to 100% and keeping the battery at a very low state of charge for extended periods can also impact battery health.

Battery Management Systems: Quality battery management systems (BMS) can help extend battery life by monitoring and controlling the charging and discharging processes, ensuring balanced cell voltages, and protecting against overcharging or over-discharging.

Technology and the future will play a big part in mitigating some of these considerations.  The EV industry (as well as cell phones, laptops, eBikes and a million other industries) is continuously working on improving battery technology, which includes developing more durable chemistries, better thermal management systems, and enhanced BMS.

So what can you do?

Many EV manufacturers provide warranties for a certain number of years or miles that guarantee a minimum amount of battery capacity retention over that period. This is a testament to their confidence in the longevity of their batteries.  When you are shopping for an EV, ensure that you are asking questions about this.

At the same time, come to Fully Charged LIVE and ask the major EV companies about replacement costs.  Eventually an EV may reach the point where the battery needs replacement. This can take several years, and by that time, technology advancements and decreasing battery costs may have made replacements more affordable but don't count on that. Ask for prices now and use those to weigh your decisions.

It's important to note that battery technology is evolving rapidly.  In general, the lifespan of modern EV batteries is expected to be quite reasonable, often surpassing 100,000 miles (160,000+ kilometers) or more before significant degradation occurs. As EV technology improves, we can expect even longer-lasting batteries in the future.  When considering costs of ICE vs EV, consider that things like timing belts, top end rebuilds, sensor replacements etc are all part of servicing an ICE vehicle and can add up.  BY comparison, EV's do require less maintenance.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Lamborghini Lanzador 1,341 BHP EV Shatters Supercar and EV Expectations Alike (In a good way)

Like all major automobile manufacturers, Lamborghini is moving toward an electric future.  The first major stake in the ground is the Lanzador concept, scheduled for arrival in 2028. The 2+2 Lanzador isn’t merely a design exercise, but rather an early look at the automaker’s first full EV entry.  From what I see, I am impressed!

The "Lanzador" sets the bar with impressive power and features to compete with models like the Ferrari Purosangue and Rolls-Royce Spectre. Lamborghini is known for its bold and powerful vehicles, and the Lanzador certainly aligns with their design philosophy.  True to its heritage, V12 or not, the Lanzador is purported to have a staggering power output of 1,341 BHP.   The 100% torque of an EV means we are likely to see some rather fast 1/4 mile times.


Lamborghini EV

Photo Courtesy of UK Motor 1

The Lamborghini electric vehicle represents a compelling fusion of the brand's signature performance and luxury with a sustainable, forward-looking approach. Departing from the roar of traditional ICE engines, Lamborghini's electric venture embodies a harmonious blend of cutting-edge technology and breathtaking design. With instant torque and seamless acceleration, this electric marvel promises an exhilarating driving experience while adhering to eco-conscious values.

The sleek, aerodynamic lines that define Lamborghini's aesthetic are reimagined in an electric context, exuding an aura of modernity and innovation. The silent hum of the electric powertrain doesn't diminish the unmistakable presence and aura that Lamborghini is renowned for. Inside, a futuristic cabin seamlessly integrates advanced infotainment and driver-assistance systems, ensuring that the Lamborghini electric isn't just a leap in performance but also a stride into the automotive future.

Friday, August 25, 2023

Landing on the Moon: I am so Proud for My Friends from India!

Chandrayaan-2 mission should give all of India a cause for celebrations.  Just 75 years ago regarded as a third world country, India is now at the very edge of technological achievements. I've spent a ton of time over there teaching developers how to program in various languages and loved it.  The people are fun loving, eager and smile more than most in North America.  So how did we get here?

On September 6, 2019, India achieved a momentous milestone in its space exploration journey by successfully landing the Vikram lander of the Chandrayaan-2 mission on the lunar surface. The achievement placed India among a select group of nations capable of performing soft landings on the Moon, showcasing the country's technological prowess and commitment to space exploration.

Chandrayaan-2 was the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) second lunar exploration mission, following the success of Chandrayaan-1 in 2008. The mission's primary objective was to further investigate the Moon's south pole region, where water ice was suspected to exist in permanently shadowed craters. The presence of water on the Moon could hold significant implications for future lunar habitation and space exploration.

The Chandrayaan-2 mission was comprised of three main components: the Orbiter, the Vikram lander, and the Pragyan rover. The Orbiter, equipped with advanced scientific instruments, played a crucial role in mapping the lunar surface, studying the exosphere, and analyzing minerals. The Pragyan rover was designed to explore the surface and analyze soil samples.

The most critical phase of the Chandrayaan-2 mission was the descent of the Vikram lander to the Moon's surface. The world watched anxiously as the lander initiated its descent. However, as it approached the lunar surface during the final stages of its journey, communication with the lander was lost. The nation held its breath as ISRO engineers worked tirelessly to re-establish contact. After several tense moments, ISRO confirmed that the Vikram lander had experienced a hard landing, a setback that could have potentially overshadowed the entire mission. Despite the challenges, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the ISRO team's dedication and encouraged them to persevere in the face of adversity.

The discovery of water molecules on the lunar surface by the Orbiter was one of the mission's major accomplishments. This finding not only bolstered the scientific community's understanding of the Moon's geology and evolution but also opened doors to the possibility of sustainable human exploration on the lunar surface.  Well done India!

India moon landing updates: Chandrayaan-3 makes space history | Space News  | Al Jazeera
A Young Indian Space Enthusiast - courtesy Al Jazeera

India's space program has always been about more than just technological achievements; it's about inspiring future generations to dream big and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Chandrayaan-2 exemplified this by sparking the imagination of young minds across the country.

I suspect today, there are armies of young Indian women, men and children all researching how to join the space program.  If I were there, I'd be at the front of the line.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Harnessing the Power of AI to Combat Climate Change

I have children. To me, our world is facing an urgent crisis in the form of climate change, a phenomenon that poses significant threats to our planet and its inhabitants. My children will be the ones affected which is why I am now exploring ways that computational intelligence can help us better understand and change our habits.   Amid this challenge, a beacon of hope emerges from the realm of technology: Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI, with its unparalleled ability to process vast amounts of data and make intelligent decisions, has the potential to revolutionize our efforts to combat climate change. In this blog post, I will delve into the remarkable impact of AI on climate change and explore how it is being harnessed across various sectors to drive positive environmental change.

These are the proverbial "low hanging fruit" answers which come easily. Of course the devil is in the details.

AI Enhancing Climate Modeling & Prediction

NOTE: Please join me at Fully Charged LIVE in Vancouver, Sep 8-10, 2023.  Travel in a way that does not suck for our planet and be easy on the planet but come and check out over 100 + exhibitors with ways to reduce your own CO2 footprint.

AI has the capability to significantly improve climate modeling and prediction, aiding scientists in understanding complex climate systems and making accurate forecasts. By analyzing historical climate data and considering numerous variables, AI algorithms can uncover hidden patterns and provide insights into the intricate interactions within Earth's ecosystems. These AI-powered climate models can offer more precise projections about future temperature changes, sea level rise, and extreme weather events, enabling governments and organizations to take proactive measures to mitigate potential impacts.

AI to Extend Energy Efficiency and Renewable Resources

AI is a powerful tool for optimizing energy consumption and promoting the transition to renewable resources. Smart grids equipped with AI algorithms can dynamically balance energy supply and demand, reducing waste and carbon emissions. Additionally, AI-driven systems can optimize the operation of wind farms and solar installations, enhancing their efficiency by predicting weather conditions and adjusting energy output accordingly. This not only maximizes energy generation but also minimizes disruptions to the power grid.

Sustainable Agriculture and Deforestation Monitoring

AI's capabilities extend to agriculture, playing a crucial role in ensuring food security while minimizing environmental damage. AI-driven precision agriculture techniques enable farmers to make data-informed decisions about planting, irrigation, and fertilization. This leads to increased crop yields, reduced resource wastage, and decreased use of harmful chemicals. Furthermore, AI-powered satellite imagery and machine learning algorithms can monitor deforestation activities in real-time, aiding in the protection of vital forest ecosystems.

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

If you can't fight, join?  Nope!  However, adapting to the changing climate requires innovative strategies, and AI can facilitate these efforts. By analyzing historical climate data and predicting future changes, AI systems can aid urban planners in designing resilient infrastructure that can withstand extreme weather events. Machine learning algorithms can process large datasets to identify areas prone to flooding or other climate-related hazards, guiding the development of effective disaster preparedness plans.

AI for Climate Research and Scientific Discovery

AI accelerates the pace of scientific discovery by processing and analyzing vast datasets that would be nearly impossible for humans to manage manually. Climate researchers can leverage AI to identify new trends, correlations, and potential solutions to climate-related challenges. This collaborative effort between AI and human experts can lead to groundbreaking insights and novel approaches to mitigating climate change.

The conclusions are a big vague, yet do appear to point in a direction worthy of more exploration.  The intersection of AI and climate change presents an unprecedented opportunity to address one of the most pressing issues of our time. From improved climate modeling to sustainable energy solutions and resilient infrastructure, AI's impact on climate change is multifaceted and promising. However, it's essential to recognize that AI is not a panacea; its successful integration requires collaboration between governments, industries, researchers, and communities. As we continue to harness the power of AI, we must ensure that ethical considerations, transparency, and equitable access remain at the forefront of our efforts. By doing so, we can pave the way for a more sustainable and resilient future for generations to come.

Fully Charged LIVE - only 4 Exhibit Spaces left!

 I have been working as a contractor for the 2023 Fully Charged LIVE show in Vancouver September 8-10. We re now down to the last 4 exhibit spaces being left for hire.  The show is shaping up to be an all around epic event.  To get more details, visit

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

CanAm Dual Sport eBike

 As first reported by ADV Pulse, Canadian CanAm has introduced the ultimate Dual Sport E-Motorcycle.

We are soooo excited to hear this news!  Canadian-based Powersports vehicle maker Can-Am is returning to the motorcycle industry with the ‘Origin’ and ‘Pulse’ electric models leading their two-wheeled offerings. This new teaser video that gives a glimpse of the upcoming motorcycles in action.

CanAm always made great prodcuts.  These are expected to be a step beyond.  We hope they will come to exhibit at Fully Charged LIVE in Vancouver, BC Sep 8-10.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

WOW! Rimac Nevera Shatters Tesla’s Nurburgring Lap Record for Electric Vehicles

 It may be a while before we see more mainstream EV classes in motorsports, but that day is coming very soon.  The most dominant harbinger of this is EVs continuing to shatter records due to the electric vehicles having full torque at any RPM. Literally, any EV will outperform it's Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) counterpart in terms of horsepower to weight.  Note that EVs generally weigh more but given ICEs have had a century of evolution ahead of them, it should not be long before they catch up.  After all, who would not want to have such a sexy vehicle in their garage?

The Rimac Nevera has bested the Tesla Model S Plaid Track Pack record at the Nürburgring by over 20 seconds. With a blistering time of 7:05:298 (7 minutes and 5.298 seconds), it pushes Tesla into second place.  My only hope is that Elon Musk reads this and decides to embark on an EV racing program to reclaim the record.  Motorsports is the ultimate driver of increased performance.

To put this into perspective, it is the 19th fastest lap time record at the speedway -  

We had hoped to have one at the Fully Charged Live show in Vancouver Sep 8-10.  It is a longshot, but we are working on it.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Can new NASA developed batteries make long-haul electric flights possible?

As reported by Euronews:

"New battery technology being developed by NASA could help to revolutionise air travel.

Aviation makes up around 2.4 per cent of global CO2 emissions. For a long time, scientists have been searching for a way to electrify air travel and eliminate these emissions.

But current battery technology only works for some lighter aircraft like drones. It doesn’t supply enough power or range for passenger aircraft meaning they are rare and not widely used"

So what is the reality here and how far off is it? Lithium-ion batteries are great for most electric vehicles (EVs) and other micromobility vehicles like eBikes, eScooters and eSkateboards,  but they fail to meet the strict safety standards for aviation.  Lithium Ion batteries are literally so volatile, that the ATA rules state they must be transported in Cargo Aircraft Only (CAO).  They are shipped under the ATA classification UN 3171 and must also be discharged to less than 30% according to UN packing rule 965.  One of the main reason is that Lithium Ion batteries are flammable. 

While there are probably ways to mitigate the safety risks, NASA has been exploring alternatives. NASA’s Solid-state Architecture Batteries for Enhanced Rechargeability and Safety (SABERS) projectis developing solid-state batteries as an alternative to Lithium Ion. These batteries not only meet the power requirements, they also retain their state if impacted, making them ideal for use as aircraft power sources.

eAviation is still in its' infancy. It was less than 3 years ago when Harbour Air made the world's first commercial aircraft flight using all electric power. WIth NASA as a backer however, it is likely to accelerate the transition to clean aircraft operation.  Note that this is a metric which must be carefully calculated as upstream CO2 emissions need to be factored in to the equation. In other words, it makes no sense to make an electric aircraft if the battery packs take more GHGs to produce than the aircraft emits over its' lifetime.

NASAs' prototype sulphur selenium battery developed by the project produces 500 watt-hours of energy per kilogram of battery. That is double the energy density of a standard lithium-ion battery.

To learn more, come by Fully Charged LIVE at the Vancouver Convention Centre September 8-10, 2023 and find me. I love to talk about this stuff.

The future is so bright, I may have to wear shades!

Friday, August 18, 2023

Apply to join the Canadian TCS program at GITEX 2023: The largest tech and startup event in Dubai!

Tech companies with eyes on the UAE as their next global destination are invited to join the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)'s B2B program occurring on the margins of GITEX 2023, one of the world's largest and most influential technology shows. The event routinely brings together thought‑leaders, creators, innovators, and decision‑makers to discuss, debate and showcase new products, as well as to identify future opportunities. The event covers the themes of AI, IoT, 5G, cloud, big data, cybersecurity, blockchain, quantum computing, fintech, immersive marketing, gaming, metaverse, urban mobility, smart city and sustainability.

If selected for the TCS business‑to‑business (B2B) program, you will:

  • Attend preorganized one‑on‑one B2B meetings with local companies onsite
  • Participate in high‑level discussions with government agencies and regulatory bodies
  • Receive advice from trade commissioners ingrained in the local market

Date: October 16‑20, 2023

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Application deadline: September 4, 2023

Cost: Free*

Any Cleantech Canadian startups should think of applying asap.  There is no cost to participate in the GITEX 2023 B2B program. If you intend to take part in the in‑person meetings from October 16‑20, you will need to purchase a GITEX Conference ticket to access the B2B meeting site (DWTC).

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) helps Canadian businesses of all sizes succeed in international markets with export advisory services, funding and accelerator programs. With a presence in more than 160 cities worldwide, the TCS can help you go global.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Fully Charged LIVE - Vancouver, Sep 8-10, 2023

I am very happy to report that I am working as a contractor with Fully Charged LIVE with the Vancouver team doing technical sales.  Billed as the World’s Number 1 Home Energy & Electric Vehicle Show, Fully Charged LIVE (FCL) is coming to Vancouver September 8-10, 2023.  This will be one of only six Fully Charged Live events held around the world in 2023 and only one of two in North America.  The Live show was forged from the massive success of the Fully Charged Show, which started as a single Youtube Channel in 2010 that has now grown to a Clean Tech media powerhouse online and through social media with nearly 1M subscribers and over 4M views per month.  

The most awesome thing about this is I am working for Kryton!  If you are a Red Dwarf fan, you will understand.  Robert is one of the most gifted and talented people of our era and I was lucky enough to meet him last year in person. If you do not know Red Dwarf, please watch at least one episode of the cult classic BBC series.   It turns out Robert Llewellyn shares the same passion I have to save our planet form the perils of GHGs.  I am honored to be a part of the team with Jo, Dan, Jason and others.

FCL Canada will showcase what is new and next for electrification, renewable energy and clean technologies for consumers and businesses alike, all while hosting world class presentations from industry experts and Fully Charged personalities.  Clean Energy is what FCL is all about and with the full support of our Title Sponsor BC Hydro, FCL is working with industry, government, the private sector, sustainable leaders and industry experts to showcase everything to help electrify our lives and our future.

The event has a strong emphasis on transportation with a major focus on EV’s but including everything from e-bikes to micro-mobility, transit, commercial vehicles, marine vessels and even airplanes, all while presenting charging options, mobility planning and various related products and services. Attendees can explore and even test pilot a wide variety of transportation and mobility options of all shapes and sizes to fit their lifestyle and needs.  FCL has a variety of test drive/ride options including, an indoor/outdoor EV test drive, a LSV (Low Speed Vehicle) test drive, E-Bike track and Seawall access, and a Micro Machine test track.  

FCL also presents ways of transforming your homes and businesses to be more efficient with solar and wind technologies, battery storage, heat pumps, insulation, smart control tech and the latest and greatest for efficiency and aesthetics. The internationally celebrated feature, the Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT), presented by Vancity, will allow attendees the opportunity to book one-on-one time with industry experts to discuss their personal household considerations and plans to be more energy conscious.   

Government programs, municipal governments, trade associations, new innovations, education, fleet services, B2B connections/opportunities, will all be under the living green roof of the Vancouver Convention Centre at FCL. Our ‘whole industry approach to electrification’ ensures we are not simply an auto show nor a consumer marketplace, rather a multi-faceted platform where businesses and consumers can find real world solutions for today that will be future proof moving forward. FCL delivers a values-based audience that have their purchasing and lifestyle decisions rooted in doing better for the environment by way of clean energy solutions.  

I will be there! Come by and visit me!

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Did Tesla Win the EV Charge Plug Format Standards War?

Source: Associated Press

You're probably familiar with previous technology format wars, whether it be VHS versus Betamax or Blu-ray versus HD DVD. Now another has quickly brewed in the way people plug in and charge their electric vehicles. It's a battle of CCS versus NACS, and the winning format has a familiar backer: Tesla. Edmunds' experts break down what EV owners need to know about the format changes.

Some background context for those who don't yet own EVs.  Most EVs currently have one of two types of plug styles to connect to public fast-charging stations. The first is called the Combined Charging System, or CCS. It's used on nearly all EVs with one notable exception - the Tesla vehicles.  The second competing standard is the North American Charging Standard, or NACS, which Tesla uses.

I always agreed with the statement "The wonderful thing about standards is you have so many to choose from for any given topic".  Arrg!

These two formats currently coexist independently without much issue. If you own a Tesla, you'll typically stop at a Tesla Supercharger station that has NACS. For other EVs, you'll use third-party stations with the CCS-style plug.

So about the title of this post. Is Tesla winning the EV Charging Standards war?  In May 2023, Ford made a shocking announcement: It has made a deal with Tesla to switch its future EVs to Tesla's NACS plug in lieu of the CCS plug. The switch to NACS means owners of these Ford EVs will be able to charge at Tesla stations. Soon after, many other automakers followed suit.

At the time of the AP article, companies that have agreed to switch to NACS include Ford Motor Co., Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Nissan, Rivian, Volvo and Polestar. A number of other automakers such as BMW, Volkswagen and Hyundai are in discussions with Tesla but have not yet confirmed a switch to NACS.

Read the full article...

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Squarespace Acquiting Google Domain Registrations

 Some news for all those who have domains registered with Google Domains.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Victoria Real Estate Statistics and Data

 I have recently been studying the technology behind the real estate industry. One of the newest sites for Victoria BC real estate contains a large set of data to help with analysis on the market.  As a homeowner in the market, I have been curious about the effects of Covid-19 on the Vancouver Island real estate market in general.

My partner and I were amongst the lucky ones who got out of Vancouver prior to the market correct in 2018 and 2020 Coronavirus scare.  Since Jan 2020, a number of people have begun making the transition.

After analyzing the real estate data on this page, I have started crunching the data with R, a statistical computing language. Using Vancouver Island real estate data itself was not sufficient, so I have now expanded the scope of the project to include other statistical data. While the project is in early stages, it appears that there was an acceleration in migration from larger cities to Victoria, BC and surrounding areas.  The Victoria BC real estate price averages seem to show a significant uptick during the same time. A realtor friend had told me that initially, leads dried up during the first months of Covid, then the flood gates seemed to open.

While the initial results are indicative, there is no clear causality relationship established between Covid and rural real estate purchases, only a working theory that some people used Covid as a final nudge to get away from urban areas and secure real estate in a more rural and livable location.

I will continue to update as data becomes available.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Apply to Participate in Solar Decathlon by October 26

From my friends at the US DOE, an immense opportunity! 

Compete in the next U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® and join more than 25,000 students from 35 countries who have experienced the impact of this unique, life-changing competition! 

New and returning collegiate institutions are encouraged to register and participate in this competition that prepares the next generation of building professionals to design and build high-performance, low-carbon buildings powered by renewables. 

 Apply to Compete The Solar Decathlon Competition Guide, 2022 Design Challenge Rules, and 2023 Build Challenge Rules are now available to the public at

All collegiate institutions are encouraged to apply to participate in the next edition of Solar Decathlon by October 26, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Team Applications can be submitted for both the Design Challenge and the Build Challenge. The 2022 Design Challenge Finalist Teams and 2023 Build Challenge Participating Teams will present their projects to juries of experts in April 2022, at the Solar Decathlon Competition Event hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. At that event, the 2022 Design Challenge winners will be selected; qualifying 2023 Build Challenge Participating Teams will receive approval to proceed to the construction phase. 

Up to 20 advancing Build Challenge teams will receive $50,000 prizes which can be used to help defray a portion of their project costs.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

SEO for difficult terms like "Real Estate"

Consider this blog post an addendum to earlier posts on the topic of Search Engine Optimization. Many people have asked us how to get the number one position. This depends upon the search term you are trying to get the listing for. Sadly, this is the Achilles heel that many fail to consider.

As an example, if you are trying to achieve the number one spot for "Real Estate in Victoria BC", you need to realize this is a very competitive term and there are realtors throwing tons of money into achieving the same result.  If you are trying to get the number one spot for "XCellois Edible Kites" or "Veemo Micromobility", these terms are somewhat more specific to a single company.  By contrast, they are much easier to achieve the #1 position for. The lesson here is to understand the laws of supply and demand.

As with any endeavour, the first place to start is research. Many so called "SEO Experts" fail to actually read the valuable information placed in the Google Search Central website.  Be sure to read the data there and understand how Google actually works.  We get tons of questions every week asking about the specifics of SEO and find most of the answers sought by our clients are available via this website.

Another place to start researching your SEO is the Google Keyword Suggestion tool.  This will give you the approximate volumes of search inventory that are available based on what people actually search for.

It is also important to understand that Google search results are based upon a dynamic algorithm. There is no magic formula for getting to the #1 spot and then staying there forever.  Google measures how people interact with search results and use this data to constantly change the top ten results for any search term.

As always, if you do need help, drop us a line and we will try our best to help out.  We've been at this for 26 years, since the days of Lycos, Alta Vista and other search engines prior to Google.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tips if you are trying to sell me on our web developer skills

I get a lot of calls every day from people claiming that they develop "the best quality" websites.  Most of them have no clue what this even means.  Today I had a cold call from some guy who told me his company makes the highest quality websites ever.  He gave me his domain name to check out his portfolio.

Before I go further, this is not an attempt to shame anyone. Rather, this is a pleas for so called web developers to learn more about what their craft requires.  I do entertain hiring the odd remote contract developer however, they must pass a certain threshold.  Sadly, came no where near the bar.  The site loaded very slowly, had multiple browser console errors and when I ran a Google lighthouse test, the results were less than flattering.

When I informed the person on the phone, they did not seem to understand what Google Lighthouse was.  To that end, I want to help educate others.

Google recently announced that SEO rankings are being based primarily on the mobile versions of any website, not the desktop versions as have been done in the past. To me, this means responsive is your first goal as a web developer.  This makes perfect sense given the overwhelming traffic on most websites comes from mobile devices.

Web developer must therefore design websites with MOBILE FIRST in mind.  This is described in my professional blog post at Webstation's Community Blog.  This means taking the time to use aria-labels, the HTML picture element and ensuring images are sized properly and in newer formats like WEPB and JP2.

I had planned to do a blog post on how to use Google Lighthouse as a web developer, however Google's own documentation leaves nothing to be enhanced upon. It is quite complete.

For comparison, here is our Lighthouse scorecard:

The tip I want to give is before you ask me to review your work, please do it yourself.

Nuff said!

Friday, December 20, 2019

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Winners of Lighting R&D Workshop Student Poster Competition

Reprinted from the United Stated Department of Energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced the winners of the 2020 Lighting R&D Workshop Student Poster Competition.

Congratulations to the winners:


Syed Ahmed Al Muyeed, Lehigh University
Controlled Growth of Self-Assembled InGaN Quantum Dots Using Templates of Quantum-Size-Controlled Photo-Electrochemical Etched Quantum Dots

A.P. Sachintha G. De Vas Gunawardena, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The Impact of Output Capacitor Aging Under Constant and Cycled Temperature Conditions on LED Driver Lifetime


Ziqian He, University of Central Florida
Swelling-Deswelling Microencapsulation 2.0: Toward Ultrastable Perovskite-Polymer Composite Downconverters for Tailored Lighting

The student winners will be recognized at the 17th annual Lighting R&D Workshop January 28–30, 2020, in San Diego, California, where they will present their research at the Poster Session alongside more than 50 scientists sharing updates on their EERE-funded research projects.
Read more on the US DOE website at

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Canadian Company flies World's First Electric Commercial Airplane

A Canadian company, in partnership with a US high-tech firm,  have successfully completed the first commercial aviation flight with an electric-powered aircraft.  British Columbia's Harbour Air (UK English spelling for those of you wondering about the superfluous "U") and magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, today completed the successful flight of the world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft, announcing it on Dec 10, 2019.

The aircraft was a regular-hulled six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver magnified by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system.  The entire flight was video-recorded and much of it can be seen on the Magnix website home page at

The flight left the Vancouver Fraser River terminal in Richmond (YVR South) on the morning of the 10th, piloted by Harbour Air CEO and founder Greg McDougall. He now ranks in my books as one of the greatest test pilots of all time.  A CEO who actually puts himself out there for the cause of humanity?  Can we have a dozen more for a start please?

This historic flight signifies the start of the third era in aviation – the electric age. It will take time to sunset the internal combustion engine and jet engine ages so I won't be expecting to buy any tickets anytime soon.  A lot of this is to to the intense regulatory approval, explained by Greg McDougall on this video.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Free Speech MUST be protected

Recently, I have seen many news articles about people who are either wearing pro-Trump t-shirts or those who have taken drastic action against those who do.  So why am I writing this post?  Simple, Freedom of Speech MUST be preserved, no matter what.

I am no fanboy of Trump, nor do I feel the oligarchy of US politics is something others should emulate.  America is a great country. I have many friends in the US and abroad who carry US passports.  

Here are some examples of attacks on free speech:

4.  NH Student Told to Cover Up Trump T-Shirt at School

The idea of censoring a persons right to free speech is dangerous!  One of the hardest things any human might undertake is to protect the right of free speech for those who have a message they do not agree with.  While it may seem distasteful, I urge you all to consider the alternative, a totalitarian society whereby no one can speak their true thoughts.  Despite the arguments, disagreements, at least we are free to have such conversations.

It is important to remember that free speech is not-aligned with any specific political movement.  While you may find the very idea of Trump offensive (I am not a fan), it is important to recognize that freedom of speech has no limits, no bounds.  As such I will tolerate his statements.  We must also accept his followers messages, even if we do not agree with the substance.

Yes, there are arguments that shouting "fire" in a crowded movie theatre is probably problematic, yet at the end of the day, my personal belief is that it is a very slippery slope.  You start by banning opinion X, next comes a ban on opinion X divided by 0.9, then 0.8 etc etc. Eventually, we are all faced with a few degrees of separation.

Free speech is without limits.  My plea is for all who read this to reconsider their commitment to furthering their own causes, but within the realm of protection of free speech.  Today, we find ourselves in a democracy.  The current leader of the USA, no matter what you think of him, is making decisions that many do not agree with.  Censoring those who think his actions are correct is a very dangerous idea.  Some day, the tables may be turned.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Improve SEO Rankings | Page Speed and Mobile-First Development

It has been official for quite some time, yet very few Website Design Agencies have capitalized upon the recent changes in search engine indexing. On July 1, 2019, Google announced that Mobile-first Designs will play an imperative part in determining Search Engine Optimization Rankings (SEO). Google stated, "mobile-first indexing is enabled by default for all new websites (new to the web or previously unknown to Google Search)". Coupled with this announcement, we also would point out that Google announced in mid-2018 that page speed would play an equally important component of search engine optimization.

 The rationale is simple to understand. In our previous posts, we have pointed out that the majority of all website traffic is from mobile sources including mobile phones and tablet devices. So how does one check their performance? Simply using the tools available to webmasters from Google (thank you Google!) can give you a strong indication of whether or not you need to update or tweak your website. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, you can also request a FREE consultation from Webstation.

Pagespeed scores of 90 -100 are optimal for achieving the best search engine results. Before contracting with any prospective digital agency to handle your search engine optimization, we would recommend comparing their Pagespeed rankings to ours. Below is the desktop ranking for (where I now call home).

To compare this to others, we randomly selected a few websites that are not highly optimized for page speed. Here is one (candid) result:

Webhosting technology affects performance and SEO ranking! There are many other factors to optimize websites including optimizing images, placement of scripts, CSS files, minifying files, file formats, and responsive web design. The list is fairly exhaustive.

One of the most critical elements is to have your website developers ensure that Mobile-first enhancements are made to your website. Mobile-first is somewhat of a loaded term however we have created a formula for delivering great mobile experiences using a combination of CSS frameworks like BootStrap as well as newer HTML elements such as the <picture> tag. Rather than force mobile users to load up the desktop version first, then resize everything by requesting additional resources specific to mobile experiences, we highly recommend serving the smaller mobile assets first. Most desktop users will not even notice given our hosting packages are extremely efficient at delivering content coupled with Content Delivery Networks (CDNs). Of course, using a responsive framework is still the easiest way forward for many. To highlight the differences between responsive and non-responsive website, one has to look no further than Try loading this into a mobile device or resizing your desktop browser window. The results are (stating this diplomatically) candidates for some improvement. NOTE: This website was chosen randomly as an example.

Other tactics include referencing common libraries (jQuery, BootStrap, FontAwesome to name a few), from their sources. These libraries are often already cached either on the users' device or very few hops away. These small improvements can greatly speed up performance.

Contact Webstation today for a free introductory call to explore your business requirements. Webstation can deliver the following for you are no cost:

  • A Full Pagespeed report;
  • A Lighthouse Audit trail and report; 
  • Suggested optimizations; 
  • Recommendations; and
  • A quote if requested 

Google Open Source Robots.txt Parser

For those interested in seeing how their websites components are indexed (or not), Googles decision to open source their robots.txt parser is an amazing bit of news.  Webmasters have been struggling with understanding the robots.txt files for many years.  The challenge was not so much how to write and declare the directives in the files; more so to fully comprehend what actions would be taken by each search engine. While there is a single, de-facto standard, the Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP),  the manner in which the corner cases were handled was ambiguous, like when their text editor included BOM characters in their robots.txt files.

On July 1, 2019, Google announced they are spearheading the effort to make the REP an internet standard. Thank you, Google. We applaud your moves thunderously!

<p>Webstation has set up a public Github repository where you can download a snapshot of the full C++ library.  It is an Apache license.  Full instructions on how to build and run the library are included.

<p>Read the full article at