National Drive Electric Week
Sep 20, 2015
|Sunday, September 20, 2015 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
|9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
|XXX Root Beer
98 NE Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027
We had 59 electric vehicles on display representing more than 1.5 million oil-free miles! The event also included lots of fun activities such as a scavenger hunt with prizes, three student robotics teams and some great exhibits by Puget Sound Solar and Torklift Central and several other vendors. We appreciated visits from special guests including Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler, state Representative Chad Magendanz, King County Council Chair Larry Phillips, and the Governor's Senior Transportation Adviser Charles Knutsen with the Governor's NDEW proclamation. The weather was alternately threatening, then warm and sunny, and the rain held off until we were packing up for the day. Our raffle drawing raised $220, which was more than enough to cover expenses. Raffle donations included a DVD of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" an RC Tesla Roadster with batteries, Nissan test drive gift certificates, and an EVSE!
photo by: Grace Reamer
Roger Swearingen, Seattle Electric Vehicle Association member, shows of some of his many electric vehicles and toys, including the ELETRIK Fiat 500e and his electric cooler on wheels. Not sure if riding on the Cruizin Cooler counts as a test drive, but if so, then we had dozens of drivers!
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:
County Council Chair Larry Phillips
Mayor Fred Butler
America’s chief science officer Tom Saxton
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:
school student demonstrations of electric robotics
family activities such as music and giveaways.
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.
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.
There are currently 253 attendees registered.
Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend
|Nissan Leaf (2011-2017)
|Tesla Model S
|Ford C-MAX Energi
|Toyota Plug-in Prius
|Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later)
|BMW i3 REx
|Ford Focus Electric
|Ford Ranger EV (1997-2003)
|Ford Transit Connect Electric
|Kia Soul EV
|Smart fortwo electric drive
|Toyota RAV4 EV (1997-2003)
Registered attendees report 1,345,623 electric miles driven.