Electric cars convene in Issaquah for Drive Electric Week car show on September 21, 2014

Sept. 4, 2014


Electric cars convene in Issaquah for Drive Electric Week car show on Sept. 21

ISSAQUAH – Local electric vehicle owners and advocates invite the community to learn more about the benefits of electric driving at a Sept. 21 car show celebrating National Drive Electric Week. Dozens of new production models as well as vintage conversions will gather at the legendary Triple XXX Root Beer in Issaquah from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, as part of Triple XXX’s regular Sunday car show roster.

“With so many high-tech cars in one place, along with owners who can share their experiences, this will be 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), which is sponsoring the car show. “Locally, our low electricity costs, renewable energy sources, high gasoline prices and great tax incentives combine to make electric driving an efficient and compelling transportation option.”

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 includes:

  • State Rep. Chad Magendanz of Issaquah
  • King County Council Chair Larry Phillips
  • Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler
  • Plug-In America’s chief science officer Tom Saxton

Capping the many activities planned during the Sept. 15-21 National Drive Electric Week, the car show will showcase many different vehicles, including classic cars that have been converted to run on electricity as well as production vehicles such as the Tesla, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, Mitsubishi, Fiat 500 and plug-in hybrids, among others. Dealers and other sustainability representatives such as solar power installers will be on hand to demonstrate how driving electric vehicles saves money while also saving the planet. The day will include electric vehicle vendors and fun activities such as music and giveaways. The event is co-sponsored by the non-profits Plug-In America and the Sierra Club as well as Nissan.

SEVA members also are participating in the first all-electric day of drag racing in the Northwest at Silent Thunder, a National Electric Drag Racing Association event happening on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Pacific Raceways in Auburn. More information is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_t8ble57r24&feature=youtu.be

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 www.seattleeva.org.

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