Welcome to the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association

  • Image of Roger Swearingen and his Fiat 500E, and a Ford Ranger electric pickup truck.
    Many SEVA members, like Roger Swearingen, have more than one electric vehicle in their households. Roger is pictured here with two OEM electric vehicles; a Fiat 500E, and a Ford Ranger electric pickup truck.


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 cars   since 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!

Image of Electric Car Charging Station GraphicNew: Curbside EV Charging Rules for Seattle (as of 10/01/19)

The City of Seattle has updated their rules for curbside EV charging. This is for those folks that don’t have a garage or driveway and that are laying a charging cord across the sidewalk.

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SEVA WINTER PARTY 2019 is Tuesday, December 10th!

(Note: December meeting is NOT at the usual location!)

SEVA will convene our holiday party at the Church of the Vine in Ballard; commencing at 7pm on Tuesday, December 10.
The address is 7750 21st Ave. NW, Seattle,WA 98117. Alcohol is allowed, so please BYOB and prepare to share in moderation.
It will be a potluck dinner, so start searching for grandma’s casserole, and volunteers are needed to bring festive lights and festive music.   SEVA will supply tableware and unadulterated beverages.  The SEVA Sound System and projector will be set up, but a volunteer DJ/playlister would be appreciated.
Please remind old friends of our party location, and bring some new friends!
Thank You,
Jay Donnaway,
SEVA President

Car Shows and “EVents” 2019!

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  • 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.


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    SEVA member Lee Colleton's Mitsubishi MIEV at Stephen's Pass

Click here for Winter EV Driving Tips

INCENTIVES  For 2019-2025Img of WA State

The Washington sales tax break will be revived as of August 1, 2019. It was expanded from the previous version to also apply to sales of used electric cars. As before, electric vehicle leases also get a sales tax break. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles could also qualify for the tax break, but no Pacific Northwest dealers currently stock or sell new hydrogen-powered cars.

To qualify for Washington’s tax abatement, a new vehicle’s sales price has to be less than $45,000 and a used electric passenger vehicle less than $30,000. These thresholds are meant to screen out buyers of high-end Teslas and BMWs. Oregon’s rebate program operates with the same philosophy, but uses as its eligibility cutoff a base model MSRP of less than $50,000.

The Washington sales tax break is structured to ramp down and then phase out completely after six years.

For the first two years beginning this August, $25,000 of a new alternative fuel vehicle’s price is sales tax free. The untaxed portion shrinks to $20,000 in 2021 and then down to $15,000 in 2023. For used EVs, $15,000 of the sales price is tax free throughout the period.

The sales tax break is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2025.

The revived and modified sales tax break passed the Washington Legislature with bipartisan support, but with just hours to spare on the last day of the 2019 session. It passed in the state Senate 31-17. The final vote in the House of Representatives on Sunday was 91-7.

The state incentives in Oregon and Washington are in addition to a federal income tax credit worth up to $7,500 for buyers of certain models of new all-electric vehicles.

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For TESLA only:

Federal Tax Credit For Vehicles Delivered
$7500 On or before December 31, 2018
$3750 January 1-June 30, 2019
$1,875 June 30, 2019-December 31, 2019

For ALL OTHER electric vehicle brands:

Federal Tax Credit For Vehicles Delivered
$7500 Until automakers of each separate, respective brand hit the 200,000 unit sales mark. See link below for more info.

Go to https://www.energy.gov/eere/electricvehicles/electric-vehicles-tax-credits-and-other-incentives for more info.

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EV News Headlines

  • SEVA Meeting Minutes-November 2019 (11/28/2019) - Minutes of the November 12, 2019 Meeting of the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association Kevin issued the call to order at
  • SEVA Meeting Minutes – October 2019 (10/15/2019) - SEVA Meeting Minutes  Tuesday, October  8, 2019 Board members present: Jay Donnaway, Grace Reamer, Brian Henderson The meeting was called
  • SEVA Meeting Minutes – June 2019 (6/24/2019) - SEVA Meeting 11 Jun 2019 Board Members attending: Jay Donnaway, Grace Reamer, Lee Howard, Maxwell Motors gave a presentation of
  • BOARD Meeting Minutes: May 14, 2019 (6/12/2019) - SEVA Board Meeting  14 May 2019 Board Members attending: Jay Donnaway, president; Grace Reamer, vice-president; Lee Howard, secretary; Brian Henderson,
  • SEVA Meeting Minutes- May, 2019 (6/12/2019) - SEVA Meeting 14 May 2019 Board Members attending: Jay Donnaway, president; Grace Reamer, vice-president; Lee Howard, secretary; Brian Henderson, treasurer. 
  • SEVA Meeting Minutes- April, 2019 (6/12/2019) - SEVA Meeting Tuesday, April 9th 2019 Board Members attending: Jay Donnaway, president; Grace Reamer, vice-president; Lee Howard, secretary; Brian Henderson,
  • Tesla Model 3 & Audi e-tron Charging At IONITY Side By Side: Video (6/11/2019) - Audi e-tron's stable high charging power enables it to recharge from 10-80% in the same time as the Model 3, but Model 3 replenishes range faster than any other electric car in the world ...read more