EVents 2012 01 10
Join us at our SEVA Meetings
Unless otherwise posted here, or sent out over the SEVA Maillist each Monthly Meeting is Held on the Evening of the Second Tuesday of each Month commencing at 7 p.m. or there about. Meetings are held at the Church of the Nazarene at 44th St. NE, and 3rd Ave NE, just behind Dicks Drive In on 45th. Their fire damage has been repaired, and they welcome us back. We encourage visitors and members to help support this free venue with the purchase of some fine coffee and other refreshments downstairs at the Mosaic Community Coffee House.
January 10th 2012 Meeting
First speaker was Jeff Finn, bringing us up to date on SEVA's legislative agenda. Upcoming is WA's short session. First though, West Coast Electric Highway is narrowing down choices for two more quick-charge station out I-90 on Snoqualmie Pass. Construction has begun on the quick-charge (level 3) charging station near Bellingham and most others are planned for Spring 2012.
There are currently three active bills that affect EVs: 1. 2ESSB 5251 $100 annual license fee 2. HB 2106 HOV lane access by Sen Frockt (introduced when he was a representative). He is our biggest EV proponent in the Congress. 3. HB 1758 Sales tax exemption for plug-in hybrids
1. Needs a full House vote; after that it would probably breeze though the Senate. So the best way is to stop it in the House so please pressure your representative to vote against it. 2. Needs a House sponsor; people in the 33rd Legislative District (SeaTac, Des Moines, Kent) should pressurize Rep Dave Upthegrove chairman of the Environmental Committee to be the sponsor. 3. Make motion to support
Other legislative ideas:
- Special License Plate -- would need a volunteer from SEVA to champion;
another idea brought up was just a plate Frame, which would be far easier to pull off...
Rick Woodbury of Commuter Cars (www.commutercars.com) is driving a Lithium Tango from Spokane to Yakima.
Transportation Choices is having an advocacy day in Olympia, see http://transportationchoices.org/action/transportation-advocacy-day-2012
The movie Carbon Nation is premiering in this area on the 21st, which may be of interest of some members. Also should be out for sale soon.
Revenge of the Electric Car movie is available on DVD.
State Department of Commerce/Transportation EV Task Force had 30 in attendance.
Stephen Johnsen showed off the new SEVA Calendar.
Zach Fung presented an update on his UW Electric SAE Formula SAE Car project, which got funding from Genie. They bought LiPo batteries, BMS, and some motor plates.
Stephen Johnsen and Ron Easley shared about the November trip they took with Chad Hohn down to Southern California and back without using any gasoline. Three guys, a 1997 GM S-10E packed full of gear and their lithium Range Trailer weighed in at just over 8,000 lbs of total vehicle/trailer weight! The three covered about 3,000 miles in 6 days driving from Maple Valley to the Southern California Coast just North of Los Angeles and back again. Relatively quick charging was accomplished using public Tesla HPC stations as well as even faster charging at RV parks where they used a special combiner box and isolation toroid to add extra chargers and pull a total of nearly 35,000 watts! More photos and information from the trip is available at the Range Trailer's facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Range-Trailer/257589060955815
Michael Oziel (206-227-8673 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with Success Charging (www.successcharging.com) is providing for-pay EV-charging stations at no cost to the owner of the property along with revenue sharing and advertising with the property owners.
Jake Oshins crashed his lithium sparrow on 520, fortunately with few injuries though the vehicle was destroyed.
Also the annual EAA meeting is coming up on 2/25/2012 and can be heard and listened to over the internet, or by phone Contact EAA for details. http://www.electricauto.org/
Also forgot to mention this Friday, 1/13/2012 Another EV Charging Station Opening.. at the MERCER ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER1 NEAR I-90/ISLAND CREST EXIT
Address: 8236 SE 24TH STREET, Mercer Island, Wa.