Before the meeting was called to order, President Jay Donnaway showed off PacWesty’s refrigerated-van conversion, which is a Dodge Ram Promaster 2500, fitted for electric using parts from a wrecked Tesla Model 3. Jay mentioned upcoming Drive Electric Week events. Brian Hughes described his new 750-watt solar array, which feeds a battery bank. Jay described solar modules he’s working on. Jay called the meeting to order at 7:01 PM.
Other events: Grace said that Phil is working on pop-up events. The LeMay Car Museum at Marymount has an event this Saturday, Sept. 12. The Steilacoom event the same day has been postponed, but Dick Muri will be there anyway and would welcome any cars showing up. Phil will be happy for any cars showing up between 11 and 3 at any of these events. Grace said Phil will share details by e-mail..
Leaf Battery Replacement: Jay said that PacWesty is still pursuing ideas for low-income car sharing. As he reported last month, they donated a 2011 Leaf to the Lopez Island Senior Shuttle. But the battery upgrades have not proven as economical as they had hoped. The cost of good salvage batteries has risen 50 percent because people aren’t driving so much, and therefore not crashing so much, and also people are stuck at home working on hobbies. Limited-range early Leafs still have a mission on the Islands. Because the battery upgrade might not practical, they’re thinking of just having two old Leafs in service for the Senior Shuttle, one taking the morning shift, then plugging in while the other one does the PM shift.
Battery Reports: Mark said that some of his neighbors have bought E-Golfs. He said it is hard to tell about the battery degradation of this model, but Jay’s Soul EV now has 48k miles with no degradation evident.
Mitsubishi: Jay said he also has a photo shoot coming up; a photographer named Tamir is interested in “unsaleable” cars that are unique or rare, and he’ll be photographing Jay’s iMievs.
Cobrajet: Ron Easley reported the Ford Mustang Cobrajet 1400 was in exhibition runs at Indianapolis last weekend. It raced against a gas Cobrajet, which won by a little bit, though it was one of the electric’s slower runs. They’ll try for better performance.
Scooter For Sale: Grace mentioned a 2014 S3.4 Govecs e-scooter with a lithium battery and 40-60 miles of range that a friend of hers wants to sell. The owner hopes that someone can take it over and fix a bad throttle. Anyone interested can contact Janette Singley at 425-761-6923 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BMW Scooter: Brian Hughes asked about the BMW C-Evolution electric scooter, which is highway-capable although a compliance vehicle.
Budget: Grace said that Treasurer Brian Henderson would like input about how our money should be budgeted. Andrea Toussignant is still interested in conducting a survey. Andrea said she spoke with Deb about what the questions might be. They’re thinking to use Surveyplanet. She hopes to shortly post a draft of the survey questions. Jay pointed out that SEVA now has more money but less energy than in the past. Andrea thought it would be good for the survey to include demographic data for our members when we go to Olympia.
EAA: Mark Schiller asked about any further information on the status of the EAA. Jay said it was still crickets.
Grace called for the good of the order, but nothing further was offered. Jay adjourned the meeting at 7:54 p.m..
Minutes submitted by Billy Kreuter.