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EVents 2012 03 13

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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.

March 13th 2012 Meeting

Subject: [seva] Meeting Minutes for March 13th 2012

Hi all,

I wasn't able to make this meeting ("no rest for the wicked!") so I recruited Mark Yormark to take notes for me. Thanks Mark!

After the introduction and upcoming events by Steve Lough. Phil, a parent to a student at Garfield High School spoke to the group about a raffle for a Nissan Leaf contributed by Stadium Nissan. The raffle is to support the "Career and Counseling Service" which is underfunded because of budget short falls. The raffle tickets are $100 each and only 750 tickets will be sold. Last count was in the 600's. I am guessing he got about 10 takers from the SEVA meeting. More information can be found out at The drawing will be March 31st

Steve Lough got Ryan Johnson to speak only after he convinced Steve that he was not a UW student. Ryan is 27 years old and did a rather clever thing in salvaging the motor/rear axle assembly form a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The rear motor assembly cost him about $500 after shipping. This 30kw motor normally runs off of approximately 600vdc, but because he wanted to run it in the reasonable world he is using a $6,000 TRITIUM controller from Austrailia. This AC controller is 165kW with 300 Arms and 400vdc

Chuck Lare spoke next. He met with Metro about a month ago and going to be apart of the upcoming Federal Transportation Committee. He is going to advocate for local final assembly. Chuck is also pushing for local battery pack development in Washington State. He is further advocating converting the 40 foot 10 year old electric trolleys, buy keeping the body and putting in a new propulsion system. No more having the passengers getting out of the bus so you can make it up James Street, Right Chuck?

Steve Lough spoke briefly about the purchase of his IMEV Mitsubishi...a pretty peppy ride! He now wears the familiar "EV Grin"

Tom True, a IBEW member with his connection with the union said SEVA has been approved to have a free meeting place in Kent at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall.

Jeff Finn our legislature liaison updated us on what is happening in Olympia. The $100 fee for yearly licensing of electric vehicles has been passed by the legislature and is awaiting approval by the Governor. He did note though Senator Haugen introduced this proposal 2 and a half years ago, and because of SEVA's lobbying effort, alot of the draconian parts of the original bill were eliminated. Thank you Jeff Finn! The positive news from all this lawmaking is before next years legislative session a study will go on for the viability of a Vehicle Miles Traveled..VMT. If the VMT is enacted as I understood the $100 annual fee for Electric vehicles would disappear.

Dave Barden..President of VEVA, (Vashon Electric Vehicle Association), spoke next about the EV gathering on Vashon Island. His comment was..."You would have had to been there!" It was a bigger than expected gathering where they showed the movie "REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR" Dave encourages us all to come back over to Vashon in July for the EV event coinciding with the Strawberry Festival.

Zack Fung...the UW student who in the past solicited fund from the SEVA membership for the building of the SAE Project, a 500 pound open wheeled race car, said they got the AC 35 motor on March 2nd . This motor is produces 120 lb/ft of torque and controlled by a 650 amp 130vdc Curtis controller which under full power uses up the battery pack in about 10 minutes. From the video from last Sunday at Arlington Airport, the powerful little car displayed spinning the tires at free will.