Silent Thunder drag races and huge car show celebrate Drive Electric Week Sept. 20

Sept. 8, 2015


Silent Thunder drag races and huge car show celebrate Drive Electric Week Sept. 20

ISSAQUAH – Local electric vehicle owners and advocates invite the public to learn more about the benefits of electric driving at two events on Sunday, Sept. 20 celebrating National Drive Electric Week, presented by the members of the all-volunteer Seattle Electric Vehicle Association.

New production models as well as vintage conversions will gather at the legendary Triple XXX Root Beer in Issaquah for a special all-electric car show exhibit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of Triple XXX’s regular Sunday car show roster. A special program at noon will feature electric vehicle advocates and public officials sharing information about how electric driving benefits the community and contributes to a sustainable future. The program will include remarks from:

 King County Council Chair Larry Phillips

 Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler

 Plug-In America’s chief science officer Tom Saxton

 State transportation officials with a proclamation from Gov. Jay Inslee

Also on Sept. 20, electric vehicle owners will get a chance to race and demonstrate the instant acceleration that makes electric driving so thrilling in the second annual Silent Thunder event at Pacific Raceways at 31001 144th Ave SE in Kent. The full day of 100-percent electric racing is an official event of the National Electric Drag Racing Association and is open to the public. The day features an exciting combination of road racing in the morning with a professional race driver leading on the 2.5-mile road course, and then continuous drag racing in the afternoon on the quarter-mile drag strip. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., and racing continues until 3 p.m. Admission is $15 adults, $5 ages 12-17, and free for younger children.

“Demonstrations of electric driving, along with owners sharing their experiences, will make this day a terrific opportunity to learn about why Washington, and particularly King County, has the

highest rate of electric vehicle ownership in the country,” said Stephen Johnsen, president of the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association (SEVA). “Locally, our low electricity costs, renewable energy sources and high gasoline prices combine to make electric driving a cost-effective, efficient and compelling transportation option. Electric cars may be zero-emission and good for the planet, but they also are incredibly fun to drive. Get ready to burn rubber without burning oil!”

Capping the many activities planned across the country during the Sept. 12-20 National Drive Electric Week, the Issaquah car show will showcase dozens of different vehicles, including classic cars that have been converted to run on electricity as well as production vehicles such as the Tesla Roadster and Model S, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Toyota RAV4 EV, BMW i3 and i8, Fiat 500e, Kia Soul EV, electric motorcycles and plug-in hybrids, among others. Dealers of select models will have test drives available, and other sustainability representatives such as solar power installers will be on hand to demonstrate how driving electric vehicles and using renewable energy saves money while also saving the planet. The day will include:

 Electric vehicle vendors

 High school student demonstrations of electric robotics

 Fun family activities such as music and giveaways.

 Prizes will be awarded at a drawing, including donated merchandise such as electric vehicle charging equipment.

 Admission is free!

The National Drive Electric Week events are co-sponsored by the non-profits Plug-In America, the Electric Auto Association and the Sierra Club as well as Nissan.

More information about the car show is available at

With members all over Western Washington, SEVA is the second-largest chapter of the national Electric Auto Association. SEVA also has helped establish other chapters in Tacoma, Wenatchee, North Puget Sound and Vashon Island. Formed in 1979, the all-volunteer organization welcomes anyone interested in the mission of “education, demonstration and proliferation of electric vehicles.” Monthly meetings are the second Tuesday of each month in Wallingford in Seattle. For more information, visit the SEVA website at