EVents 2012 02 14
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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.
February 14th 2012 Meeting
Hello Readers! If you missed our meeting, check out the notes below...
Doug Korthof, a prominent EV advocate in California, has passed away. NHTSA has closed their investigation on Volt fires and concluded the risk is insignificant. Tesla has unveiled their model "X", a cross-over EV with dual motors (one on each axle) and gull-wing doors.
South Seattle community college has four upcoming classes. Go to http://learnatsouth.org and search for "electric vehicle".
Chad Schwitters talked about Plug-In America and their legislative history, as well as how it has been taken over by SEVA members Chad, Tom Saxton, and Dan Davids.
Jeff Finn has presented an update on SEVA's legislative agenda for this year. You can see his presentation here: http://pacificev.com/LegislativeIssuesStatusReportSEVAMtgOn2012-02-14.pdf
HB2704 is a new bill for "creating a road user future funding task force". (aka VMT tax Feasibility Assessment and Recommendations by Oct 1, 2014). The House Transportation Committee voted "Do pass". You may want to contact your 2 state representatives /once it is on the House calendar/, which you will know because Jeff will e-mail the SEVA list.
2ESSB 5251 has passed senate, probable committee hearing week of Feb 20th. Please contact your 2 state representatives. (More details in Jeff Finn's e-mail) However, Jeff's prediction is it will pass unchanged.
HB2370 is to add health as a transportation policy goal. Jeff's recommendation is to wait and see how it goes. It's waiting on the Senate.
HB2106 (HOV access for EVs) is dead. Originally promoted by then-Rep now-Sen Frockt.
SB6380 $250 ticket for parking a non-EV in an EVSE charging spot. Dead due to no hearing. Maybe in 2013?
Jeff has adapted a brochure used in southern California to stick on people's cars if they park their gas car in a EVSE spot. Please comment on it: http://pacificev.com/PublicEducationProjectWindshieldHandout-v02C.jpg
HB1758 (explicitly allow plug-in hybrids to get a sales tax exemption for HB 1281), no hearing scheduled because they have yet to reject anyone's exemption.
Does anyone want to try to make an EV license plate?
Gene Seymour brought in an electric converted dirt bike. Was a 1996 XR-250. The battery pack is quick-swap, 72V 30Ah of Headway cells. Has a prototype hub motor with dual windings (high/low speeds) and lots of power. Eventually going to be 120V. Uses relays to switch between high and low readings. The hub motor weighs 50 pounds alone, total weight around 275 lbs. They are working on creating a smaller charger over their in Kingston as well.
Larry Gales gave a presentation on how electric vehicles can help move to a more sustainable way of life. He asked for input on some figures.
Tom Saxton prefaces by mentioning the DC Quick-Charge stations being installed. The state has decided they have spent all this money, but they don't have enough money to pay for electricity and they can't charge for things at rest stops, so they are looking for sponsors. Estimated cost is $5000 for two units (cost is either both or each, not sure). Ideas are donations, business sponsor, or more. The period is for three years. 18 people have offered to volunteer $50 each; need 82 more... leaf owners?
'til next time,