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Manufacturing & Transport

Jul 10, 2017
How to take the car out of carbon emissions
Felicity Stone

By 2019, every new Volvo will have an electric or hybrid engine. By 2040, France will end the sale of diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles. What will Canada do? The federal government has committed to reducing the country's greenhouse-gas emissions 30 per...

May 19, 2017
Britco Construction slashes energy costs and waste by blending modular and passive housing
Nick Rockel

You probably know Britco for its tan-and-orange rental trailers, a fixture on construction sites. But the Langley-based company has other talents. The Britco Construction division recently married its expertise in modular building design with “passive house,” a building standard that is...

May 19, 2017
Automaker Electra Meccanica helps commuters say goodbye to fossil fuels
Felicity Stone

An electric car is to a fossil-fuel car what the Internet is to a fax machine, says Jerry Kroll, founder and CEO of Vancouver’s Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp., which debuted its Solo one-person electric vehicle in September. “It’s less expensive...

Apr 25, 2017
Numerology: BC Ferries' new skipper can expect rough seas ahead
Melissa Edwards

That’s how many passengers used BC Ferries in fiscal 2016—a 4.9 per cent gain from the previous year but still fewer than in 2006. Coastal communities blame steep fare increases over the past decade for the reduced traffic. As former...

Feb 16, 2017
Vancouver's bike economy: the hottest thing on two wheels
Jacob Parry

The proliferation of green-painted bike lanes around downtown Vancouver may be the surest sign of the power of the local cycling lobby, but behind store windows and in offices and garages, another revolution is underway. As residents ride their bicycles...

Jan 30, 2017
Should we fast-track high-speed rail from Vancouver to Seattle?
Felicity Stone

When business and government leaders from Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates to B.C. Premier Christy Clark gathered in Vancouver for the Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference last September, one proposal for linking the city and Seattle was high-speed rail (HSR).

Dec 9, 2016
Little Vancouver bus company makes it big in U.S.
Felicity Stone

The City of Porterville in California is purchasing 10 zero-emission electric transit buses from Vancouver-based GreenPower Motor Company, which will also install the charging infrastructure, including 11 charging stations. Porterville is a test site for an all-electric transit bus system...

Dec 5, 2016
The passive approach to reducing carbon emissions
Felicity Stone

Both the federal and provincial governments have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions: Canada by 30 per cent by 2030, and B.C. by 80 per cent by 2050. According to an analysis released on Monday by the Pacific Institute for Climate...

Nov 30, 2016
The perfect Christmas gift for the scientifically minded child
Marcie Good

Derek Wulff jokes that he has something in common with Apple founder Steve Jobs. “He started his toys business in his garage, as I did,” says the 59-year-old designer behind Victoria’s Pathfinder Toys, “and then he became gloriously, fabulously wealthy...

Nov 10, 2016
A Vancouver startup launches a new category with an old plant
Marcie Good

In August 2015, Arnaud Petitvallet and Max Rivest were visiting coffee farmers in Nicaragua, looking for a partner for their startup venture. They had an unusual proposition. Rather than the cherries, which contain green coffee beans, they wanted the leaves. “We...

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