Welcome to the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association

  • Washington State leads the nation in per-capita electric vehicle sales!


The Seattle Electric Vehicle Association (SEVA) is an all-volunteer group of Seattle-area folks who are passionate about  all things having to do with electric cars.  Our members run the gamut from brand new Tesla owners to folks who have been converting old gasoline carssince the 1980’s.

We participate in car shows, educational events and political events having to  do with electric vehicle legislation. But we mostly get together to have some plain, old fun at our free monthly meetings and by simply driving around on our zero-emission wheels.

SEVA also serves as a gateway to the latest press and information on and about electric vehicles. Jump on in to see what’s happening in the world of electric cars!

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Car Shows and “EVents”: Let the  2018 Season Begin!

We LOVE car shows!  It’s the best way to get electric cars out in front of the public and answer questions. Our club members are an enthusiastic bunch who can be found at any one (or all) of these fun, family events:

  • ONGOING:Tesla Owners Club of the PNW (TOCPNW) has an events calendar up: https://tocpnw.org/events/
     Some events are private, but some are open to the public, and in fact some are meant as outreach. Not all are local.
  • March 24th: Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Seminar At Everett Chevrolet (Everett, WA) 11:00  Presentation by SEVA member Mike Fink.
  • April 8th: Richland Earth Month EV Discussion & Display (Richland, WA) 1:09-4:00 PM Garrett Brown will discuss present & future of EVs at the Richland Public Library 955 Northgate Drive, Richland.
  • April 18th  North Seattle Community College Earth Day Timothy.Albertson@Seattlecolleges.edu is the contact.
  • April 18th  Bellevue College Earth Day  (SEVA Members: contact Stephen Johnsen)
  • April 19thUniversity of Washington: Bothell Campus  Earth Day  Contact: AGuerrero@uwb.edu 
  • April 21st: City of Bellevue Earth Day (SEVA Members: contact Jeff Finn)
  • April 21stWhidbey Island Earth Day   
  • May 6th : TOCPNW Car Show  (Ferndale, WA)tocpnw.org/events/
  • May 6thNational Drive Electric Week (NDEW) Spring Electric Vehicle Show at  TripleXRootbeer  (Issaquah , WA) More info at: driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1220  (SEVA Members: contact Phillip Skoog
  • June 17thFenders of Front Street (Issaquah, WA) Contact Phillip Skoog
  • June 17th: Burien Father’s Day Car Show. www.discoverburien.org/events/event/fathers-day-car-show   (SEVA Members: Contact Grace Reamer)
  • June 22-24: REVolutionss Expo (Salt Spring Island, BC) A fun and entertaining weekend envisioning and experiencing our renewable electric and energy-efficient future http://www.revolutionss.ca
  • June 28th: Greenwood Car Show (Seattle, WA) The BIG one with a huge public turnout! (Members: contact Mark Schiller and/or  Steve Lough)
  •  July 14th: “Past Meets Future” at LeMay Auto Museum. (Tacoma, WA) This is a  TOCPNW event, but we assume other EVs welcome. Heck, anybody can go to the museum.
  • July 28th: Shoreline Solarfest  (Shoreline, WA) No fee but they would like you to register at this link
  • July 29th:Renton River Days.  SEVA is not officially part of it this year but if anyone is interested in coordinating this, contact us.
  • Aug 25thWest Seattle Car Show  (South Seattle College)  Details TBA
  • Sept 8th: NDEW Steilacoom  (Steilacoom, WA) driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1202 
    Contact Dick Muri City Capt.
  • Sept 8th: NDEW Liberty Lake (Liberty Lake, WA) driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1215 Jorgen Rasmussen City Capt.
  • Sep 11th: Bellevue NDEW  (Bellevue, WA) driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1267
    Contact Jeff Finn City Capt.
  • Sep 16th National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) Issaquah  (Iss aquah, WA) web page soon
    Philip Skoog City Capt.
  • Sept 16th: NDEW Ferndale  (Ferndale, WA)  driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1282
  • Sept 22th: Sustainable Ballard Festival  (Seattle, WA)  www.sustainableballard.org/festival/
  • Sept 30th: Snohomish Car Show sponsor is Bickford Ford.  Ford EVs and conversions encouraged, lots of categories for prizes see linksnohomishcoc.com/classiccardisplay/

Car Show  Dates Still To Be Determined (But keep checking back!)

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March 9, 2018: Status on Washington State Sales Tax Exemption for Electric Vehicles

Unfortunately, the legislative session in Olympia concluded last night (3/8/18) without agreement on extending the EV sales tax cap on either the House or Senate version of the bill.

That means the existing exemption will expire when the cap of 7,500 cars is reached. By the end of February, the total cars that had used the exemption was more than 6,700, so we are likely to exceed the limit within the next few months.

You can find details of the existing law and the monthly updates of how many cars are left to qualify at:

Scroll down to Clean Alternative Fuel and Plug-In Hybrids, and then click on Qualifying Vehicle Count.

SEVA in the News

On Sunday, June 18, 2017, The Seattle Times AUTO Section  featured a lengthy article called “Batteries Included! Seattle Electric Vehicle Assocation Leads the Charge” (by Tom Voelk)  about SEVA’s  37-year history promoting electric vehicles in the Puget Sound Region. Thank you, Tom, and Seattle Times! Click here to read article.

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EV News Headlines

  • Volvo, FCA, PSA and Jaguar In Talks To Join IONITY, Tesla Too (4/21/2018) - The IONITY ultra fast charging network, launched in Europe by BMW, Daimler, Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche, soon could be reinforced by more automakers. The idea of 400 stations (with about six 350 kW charging stalls each, on average) by the end of 2019 is tempting for many other companies ...read more
  • London Black Cab TX Featured By Fully Charged – Video (4/21/2018) - The LEVC TX range extended electric taxi was the most recent guest in the Fully Charged series in one of the most interesting episodes ever. This next generation taxi is equipped with a 31 kWh battery, which is enough for up to 128 km (80 miles) of range, before the ...read more
  • Nissan LEAF, Renault ZOE and Tesla Model S Lead European BEV Sales In March (4/21/2018) - All-electric car sales in Western Europe have a strong new leader as Nissan LEAF sales went through the roof in Norway. The results among BEVs in March, according to the EagleAID, are: Nissan LEAF – 5,790 (up 61%) Renault ZOE – 3,930 (up 7%) Tesla Model S – 2,710 (up ...read more
  • BYD Increases Plug-In Electric Car Sales To Over 13,000 In March (4/21/2018) - BYD achieved in March its second best month of plug-in electric car sales in China ever with more than 13,000 deliveries. The growth of 116% year-over-year and nearly 28,500 sales in the first quarter (up 226%) keeps BYD in the game for fourth place overall. Plug-ins accounted for 31% of ...read more
  • Tesla Employees Share How Tesla Goes About Things Differently (4/21/2018) - DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY: COMPANY INSIDERS OPEN UP ABOUT TESLA'S UNIQUE APPROACH Whether it's reinventing windshield glass or engineering superhero robots, Tesla factory workers do things differently. Business Insider sat down with staff at Tesla's factory in Fremont to learn more about what's really happening inside the game-changing company. In 2008, ...read more