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!
Car Shows and “EVents”: November-December 2018
- 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..
Winter Driving Tips for EVs
It’s that time of year again, when we start getting those panicky calls for help:
“What happened to my electric car — I’m sure in the middle of summer my range was much greater than this! My batteries must be dying*already* or my motor, or something!”
So, let’s go over again all the reasons — some controllable — why electric cars “lose range” in the fall and “lose range”:
1) Tire pressure. Tires represent about 5X more of an electric cars “energy budget” than a gas car — […read more…]
SEVA in the News:
On August 7, 2018, SEVA Members joined Governor Jay Inslee and local dignitaries to open the first DC Fast Charger that was funded with monies from the EV Registration fees paid by Washington State drivers. This money was leveraged 4:1 with private sector investment, and provides both needed additional capacity and some redundancy to bolster the small number of existing DC Fast chargers around Tacoma.
On March 28, 2018, SEVA President Emeritus Steve Lough was interviewed by King 5 about Washington State’s Pay-By-Mile Pilot Program and how that might negatively or positivELY affect the electric vehicles owners.
- On 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.
FEDERAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE TAX INCENTIVES For 2019
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.|
Washington STATE Alternative fuel vehicle sales tax exemption ENDED 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 have received this tax exemption, your vehicle must have been delivered on or before May 31, 2018.
If you are received your vehicle after May 31, 2018, you will be required to pay all applicable sales taxes.
EV News Headlines
- GAC Sets Up Shop In Detroit To Focus On EVs (1/20/2019) - Going global. China's GAC Group unveiled a research and development (R&D) center in Detroit, the biggest city of Michigan. This is the third R&D center the automaker has built in the U.S., the other two are located in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. ...read more
- VW Green Lights I.D. R For Record Attempt At Nürburgring This Year (1/19/2019) - Success at the Nürburgring is important to spread the word about EVs even further. This summer, Volkswagen will try to set a new all-time record of Nürburgring Nordschleife race track (called also “Green Hell”) with its I.D. R racing car, which won the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. First ...read more
- Top 3 Tips To Fix Tesla Model 3 Winter Flaws: Video (1/19/2019) - Every car has some issues in the winter. Electric cars, in particular, are prone to some cold-weather problems. The Tesla Model 3 is no exception to that rule. But did you know several of the issues can be fixed by following some simple tips? ...read more
- Video: Nissan LEAF e-Plus: Everything We Know (1/19/2019) - The e+ continues Nissan's path of CHAdeMO and no liquid battery cooling Here is a short summary of what we know about the upcoming Nissan LEAF e+ (with a comparison to the current version that will remain on the market), released by Sean Mitchell. Worth watching for sure, but don't expect ...read more
- Tesla Increases Supercharging Fees Around the World (1/19/2019) - Supercharging has gotten more expensive. Tesla implemented several changes to the Supercharging network in recent months and the latest one is a global price increase, which seems to amount to about one-third (33%). The increase is combined with the change from state/country pricing structure to individual pricing at each Supercharging station, which ...read more