March 2022

A Voltage Boost for Vancouver Island's EV Capacity

Joint Virtual Event with Vancouver Island Engineering Society (VIES) and the Victoria Branch

Status: Registration is now closed.
Date: Friday, March 4, 2022
Time: 11:30 AM–1:00 PM Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Ray Brougham
President and Founder at Rainhouse Manufacturing Canada Ltd.
Credit: Eligible for 1 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $10.00 + GST = $10.50

Non-Registrant Price: $10.00 + GST = $10.50

Student Price: $10.00 + GST = $10.50
Contact: For more information, please email the Victoria Branch.
Note: Registration deadline is Monday, February 28, 2022.
Join the Victoria Branch and Vancouver Island Engineering Society (VIES) to learn about Rainhouse Canada. This Victoria-based company has established homegrown capabilities to manufacture fully functional battery packs, initially for two applications: an electric utility truck and an off-grid energy storage system (ESS).

Rainhouse is one of 24 businesses across BC receiving funding aimed at making BC more secure in the face of global supply chain interruptions and accelerating post-pandemic economic growth. The company plans to manufacture and certify a wide range of custom battery packs and electric energy storage systems (ESS) for a variety of applications that include ground, marine, and air transportation, ocean research, and alternate energy sources for remote communities. UVic mechanical engineering professor Zuomin Dong, UVic Clean Transportation Research Team, is contracted to help in modelling, designing, optimizing, and testing the products—ensuring they meet the design requirements to bring them to market. The aim is to improve hybrid-electric technologies for cleaner and lower-cost fuel alternatives helping the industry meet emission targets, reduces costs, and protect the environment. The first battery pack will be custom-built for a road-worthy electric utility truck manufactured by Canadian Electric Vehicles—another Vancouver Island business and the third partner named in the provincial funding agreement. Rainhouse is also working on an ESS that can store renewable energy from off-grid generation. Because physical size is not such a concern in the off-grid ESS application, the company will investigate the potential of incorporating recycled BEV batteries that, even though a car's battery may have expired, it still may have six to 20 years of life left in it.


Ray Brougham

President and Founder at Rainhouse Manufacturing Canada Ltd.

Ray founded Rainhouse Manufacturing Canada in 2001 and since 2004 the company has been an established leader in the North American design and manufacturing industry. They have a reputation for finding innovative solutions to complex challenges and for managing every detail of a project. Based in Victoria, the company gives its clients exactly what they want smart design, economically sound production, precise manufacturing, tight tolerances, and stringent quality control. Ray graduated as a UVic mechanical engineer in 2001 via the Camosun Bridge program. Since then, he has maintained close ties with the faculty, sponsored many student clubs and projects, and made Rainhouse's facility and expertise available for students and faculty.

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