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!
SEVA Monthly Meetings Have Resumed In Person!
- Featured car of the month
- Guest speakers on EV topics
- Policy updates
- Event announcements and planning
- Conversion project reports
- Charging infrastructure updates
- News about EV models and features
- Raffle drawing
- Special events
- Time for networking and Q and A
Join the SEVA Listserv to Keep In Touch
Meanwhile, our members are keeping in touch via our email listserv. To join the listserv, do the following:
- Subscribe to the list by sending an email message to: SEVA_listfirstname.lastname@example.org.
- To Unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email
SEVA Car Shows and “EVents” Calendar
If Google calendar doesn’t load properly, please hit “refresh” on your browser button. The bottom right corner of the calendar should have a “+Google Calendar” button you can use to add these to your own calendar, it may appear as email@example.com under your calendar. You might also subscribe to this calendar using this URL:
Other EV EVENTS:
- ONGOING: Tesla Owners Club of the PNW (TOCPNW) has an events calendar up: https://www.teslaownerswa.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.
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.
DOWNLOAD .PDF OF NEW RULES HERE
WASHINGTON STATE BRINGS BACK ELECTRIC VEHICLE TAX
INCENTIVES For 2019-2025
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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