Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Social Event pictures

With 24 attendees, enough for 2 full 12-kart race groups, SAE BC had a very fun and successful holiday social event!  Click on the picture to see the full album:

The racing was followed by a tour of the garage space by Bruno the mechanic, and we also announced the proud winners of our annual Student Sponsorship Competition.  Congratulations to BCIT Racing, UBC Baja, and Formula UBC!

Monday, November 14, 2016

November newsletter and Social Event invite

Follow this link for the November newsletter:


Included is the announcement for the Winter Social Event, at the TBC Indoor Racing kart track.  Make sure you register for it in advance.  It'll be an exciting event with competitive drivers!


We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Student Night event pictures

Thank you all for attending the Student Night event, and especially the students for sharing their projects and stories with us!

Pictures from the event can be found here (click on the picture to find the album):

We look forward to receiving the Student Sponsorship Competition entries and the upcoming social event, where the winners will be announced!  Stay tuned to this website for details.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

City of Vancouver Electrical Vehicle Fleet technical event

Seventeen SAE members and guests attended our October technical event, which was hosted by the City of Vancouver Equipment Services Branch at the Manitoba Works Yard (click on the picture to access the full album).

Amy Sidwell, Manager of Equipment Services Branch, delivered a presentation on the background of greening of the City Fleet, including light duty electric vehicles (EVs) and medium to heavy duty compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. It was interesting to learn that Vancouver’s fleet of approximately 1,830 rolling stock units emitted almost 16,000 tons of emissions in 2015, which is actually 13% lower than 2007 emissions, helped in part with the introduction of 33 EVs and 31 CNG vehicles. As reducing cost is also important, it was great to hear that the EVs save the city $600 each per year as compared to equivalent conventionally-fueled vehicles, and this savings includes the purchase cost amortized over 10 years. Amy told us they would ultimately have a total of 115 EVs and 60 CNG vehicles in the city’s fleet, with many EVs being bought in the next two years.

Ian Neville, Climate Policy Analyst with the Sustainability Group, presented the city’s EV Ecosystem Strategy. Vancouver currently owns 29 Level 2 EV charge stations and one Level 3 DC fast charger. The charging infrastructure will see a boost with a $3M capital investments happening over the next five years. By 2020, Vancouver expects to see 200,000 EVs in use in Vancouver.

Evan Dacey, Equipment Engineer, took us on a tour of the Manitoba Yard’s EV charging infrastructure and showed us a few of the EV fleet vehicles. Taller vehicle drivers are less enthusiastic about the EVs, owing to the vehicle’s smaller size, but everyone loves the acceleration (I had visions of City of Vancouver vehicles racing light to light down the city streets). Reliability and performance of the EVs has been very good for the time Vancouver has owned them, with the only problem noted as being a couple of low 12 V batteries. They are looking for the best use of these vehicles and used them for a while for parking enforcement, but the batteries of the Mitsubishi iMiev are a little small (these vehicles have to drive a double shift with limited time for recharge). Evan showed us the slow and fast CNG refueling infrastructure too. The CNG vehicles, mainly garbage trucks, stay connected all night on the slow fill stations.

By Stuart Evans, SAE BC Treasurer

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Register now for the City of Vancouver Electric Vehicle Fleet and Annual SAE Student Night events!

Follow this link for the September newsletter:


We have 2 events to announce and register for, the City of Vancouver Electric Vehicle Fleet, October 24:


And the Annual Student Night event, October 27:


We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Newsletter, annual LNG event summary, and social meeting invite

The June Newsletter has just been published:


And the annual LNG event summary:


Included in the newsletter is the announcement of our next event, which is a social event for the live viewing of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix at 12 Kings Pub, 12th and Kingsway in Vancouver.

The event is open to all and free of cost.  Any drink or food item will be at your cost, off the regular menu and service staff.

The hosting pub would like to estimate attendance figures, so please register your attendance:


Thanks, and we look forward to sharing some drinks and appetizers with you.  There will be door prizes!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2016 State of LNG in BC event pictures

Thank you all for another successful annual SAE/SNAME/CIMarE State of LNG event.  Pictures of the event can be found here:

Be sure to join us next year!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Register now for the 2016 LNG in BC event

Register now for the May 14, 2016, LNG in BC: Marine and Land Transport Applications event:


This is our annual event, in conjunction with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), and the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering (CIMarE), and will discuss technical topics with regards to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry:


We have a great lineup of speakers and look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, April 18, 2016

SAE British Columbia and BCIT Racing featured in SAE International newsletters

SAE BC's recent Jeff Dix event, "Virtually Zero" Vehicle Fatalities, is featured in this month's SAE Update:


BCIT Racing is also featured in this month's SAE Momentum:


Follow those links to get insight on SAE International's worldwide activities!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Ford F-150 video presentation and March Newsletter

Follow this link for the latest newsletter:


Which includes instructions for registering to our next technical event; the Ford F-150 lightweighting through extensive use of aluminium!

Register here for the April 11 event:


Hope to catch you there!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Volunteer call for Pre-Event Electrical Reviewers

Mobility engineering community,

The SAE Formula Hybrid organization is making a call for Pre-Event Electrical Reviewers (PEER):


Your support is requested to make the Formula Hybrid competition a success, and an incredible learning opportunity for local engineering students, such as the UVic Hybrid team:


Commitment is requested by March 14, when a conference call with all volunteers is scheduled.  For your support, you will receive a shirt, so make sure to specify your shirt size when contacting the SAE Formula Hybrid organization.

Thank you for your consideration and support!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Jeff Dix talk photos


Click this picture for the album of the Jeff Dix "Working Towards 'Virtually Zero' Motor Vehicle Fatalities" talk:

It was a great turnout and a pleasure to see you all.  Thanks!

Friday, February 19, 2016

SeaStar photos album

Here's a link to the pictures from our last event, at SeaStar Solutions:


Thanks to all for coming out, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

February Newsletter


Follow this link to find the SAE BC February 2016 newsletter:


Included is a reminder to register for the upcoming Jeff Dix talk on Working Towards "Virtually Zero" Motor Vehicle Fatalities.  Make sure you RSVP at this link:


See you there!

Monday, January 18, 2016

SeaStar Solutions and Jeff Dix talk on "Working Towards 'Virtually Zero' Motor Vehicle Fatalities" invites in latest newsletter


Please follow this link for the latest newsletter:


This newsletter includes the meeting announcements for both the SeaStar Solutions event February 1, and "Working Towards 'Virtually Zero' Motor Vehicle Fatalities" talk by Jeff Dix, February 29.  Be sure to register using the following links:

February 1 SeaStar event: http://goo.gl/forms/1iOgH41d8h

February 29 Jeff Dix event: http://goo.gl/forms/iBStJXAYC3

Thanks, and hope to see you at both events!