Welcome to the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association

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    SEVA's current President Stephen Johnsen is shown here with a rare GM EV1 which he helped a small team from Western Washington University revive in 2007.

Welcome!

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 30th: 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
    shorelinesolar.org/2018-transportation-zone-application
  • 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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Alternative fuel vehicle sales tax exemption ENDS May 31, 2018

The Department of Revenue has notified the Washington State Auto Dealers Association that the alternative fuel vehicle sales tax exemption will end on May 31. To receive this tax exemption, your vehicle must be delivered on or before May 31, 2018.

The list of qualifying vehicles is available athttp://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/altfuelexemptions.html.

The exemption

  • Only applies to new vehicles.
  • Only applies to the first $32,000 of the selling price or total lease payments if the customer leased the vehicle prior to the exemption’s expiration.
  • Expires on the last day of the calendar month after the Department of Licensing determines that 7,500 vehicles have qualified for the exemption.

To qualify, a vehicle must:

  1. Have a base model MSRP under $42,500 and be on the list linked above; and
  2. Be a passenger car, light duty truck or medium duty passenger vehicles that:
  • Is exclusively powered by a clean alternative fuel; OR
  • Uses at least one method of propulsion that is capable of being re-energized by an external source of electricity and is capable of traveling at least thirty miles using only battery power.

If you are receiving your vehicle after May 31, 2018, you will be required to pay all applicable sales taxes.

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

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SEVA in the News:


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EV News Headlines

  • VW’s Electrify America Teams With Envoy For Electric Car Sharing (6/17/2018) - Electrify America (Volkswagens's subsidiary) proceeded forward with several new projects in the Sacramento region. The company partnered with Envoy, a community-based car sharing platform and the City of Sacramento to launch: two new car sharing services with electric cars new electric buses and shuttle routes charging infrastructure (at least 10 ...read more
  • Prince Charles Drove A Tesla & Jaguar I-Pace, Will Add EV To Royal Fleet (6/17/2018) - The Prince of Wales has befriended Kimbal Musk and now wants to get an electric car for his fleet. In the past, Prince Charles enjoyed test driving a black Tesla Model S. He was hosting Tesla CEO Elon Musk's brother Kimbal and his fiancée in Ayrshire, Scotland, at Dumfries House. ...read more
  • Mercedes-AMG Project One Made Not-So-Secret Appearance In Monaco (6/17/2018) - A poorly kept secret, mind you. The Mercedes-AMG Project One has to be one of the most anticipated hypercars in recent memory. Well, this and maybe the Aston Martin Valkyrie. Both are ushering in a new era of supercars that the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 started. The ...read more
  • Tritium Looks To Lead Fast Charger Segment With Latest Investment (6/17/2018) - Australian company Tritium seems to be taking the European fast charging market by storm. Its new EU headquarters was launched in the Netherlands. Tritium is making solid progress in North America too, but the 20% market share in Europe has taken in just four years, according to the press release, ...read more
  • Watch This Love / Hate Review Of Cheapest Used Tesla Model S (6/17/2018) - Let's learn just how this guy feels about his cheap, used Tesla Model S. We recently shared a story about “treehugger” Tyler Hoover (a.k.a. Hoovies), landing a deal on a heavily optioned 2012 Tesla Model S with an 85kWh battery pack for just $33,500. It was actually listed on Auto ...read more