SEVA Meeting Minutes- October 9, 2018
Jay Donnaway, president, opened the meeting.
First-time visitors were introduced: Doug Weathers, Elizabeth Elias (Kia Soul), Peter Senkirk, Drew (power bike).
Cam LeHouilier, resource planning manager at Tacoma Power —
- Thank you to SEVA
- The value of EVs (driver benefits, environmental benefits, security benefits, utility benefits)
- Why does EV transport make sense?
- What role should the utility play in EVs?
- EV Market Transformation
- Legal Issues (gift of public funds, legal authority)
- Factors that Influence the EV decision
- Addressing Range Anxiety
- Challenge of Public Charging
- TPU’s Early Support for EVs (adopted West Coast Electric Highway pledg
- DC Fast Charging Stations at LeMay
- EV Ride and Drive Events (139 rides in July, 112 rides in September
- EV Discount Program (goes through Nov 30th – Tacoma City website $5K discount on LEAF
- Other Projects – DC Fast charge usage cost, Level 2 stations in Tacoma, school buses,
ocean vessels, street-side charging
- Question from Grace: Is time of day charging being considered? A: yes, but waiting for smart metering
- Question: Will smart meters do V2G? A: port of Tacoma and buses may have V2G, but due to the flexibility of hydro power it doesn’t make a lot of financial sense here.
Chad Schwitters presenting on Conversion Rates (EV ride/drives in context):
* Only One Factor is Necessary (knowing it is possible to build/buy an EV)
* It’s all about the Conversion Rate
* EV Ride/Drives Events are Key (86% of car purchases are preceded by a drive)
* Potential Buyers’ top EV Fears (cost, convenience, enjoyment)
* EV Owners’ top features (TCO, convenience, enjoyment)
* Ride/Drive Events are expensive (to lower costs raise the conversion rate)
* Improving Conversion Rates (improving the events)
* Test drives are not enough
* Awareness (knowledge helps)
* Dealer Preparedness
* Utility Preparedness
* Infrastructure (L2 stations are not helpful)
* Incentives (financial, rebates, HOV?)
* Community Support (don’t try expensive cars to people who can’t afford them)
Jeff Finn presenting (PEV Frequently Asked Questions -Draft-):
Q: Aren’t EVs like golf carts and not powerful?
Q: Why bother with EVs when they are more expensive?
Q: Don’t EVs really pollute just as much as gasoline cars?
Q: Why should taxpayers subsidize EVs?
Q: Why incentivise EV purchases?
Q: Do I need to worry about where to charge EVs?
Q: Can you tell me more about the VW settlement regarding EVs?
Legislative Priorities for 2019 – Draft –
- Reinstate the EV clean fuels tax exemption
- Allow public utilities to install PEV infrastructure just as investor-owned utilities
- Redirect the annual $50 EV license fee into EV charging infrastructure
Picture of Seattle’s first EV
Arvie Morris presented: Education event happening after the election at the Swedish Center on Dexter (November 11th). It is a webinar as well as in-person event.
Cars and Coffee event (Oct 27th @ 9AM). Kevin Bose volunteered.
Jeff Finn has SEVA nametags available for purchase at $6 ea.