National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week
Issaquah, WA
Sep 20, 2015

Day: Sunday, September 20, 2015 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: XXX Root Beer
98 NE Gilman Blvd
Issaquah, WA 98027
Contact the event organizers, which took place in 2015.

Event Report

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!

Event Description


The fifth annual Drive Electric Week hosted by the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association will again take place in the EV-friendly city of Issaquah, a short drive east of Seattle right off I-90. The location is again at the historic XXX Root Beer restaurant, a monument to the history of motoring and a regional destination famous for its weekly car shows. We expect dozens of production and vintage conversion vehicles to be on display with the opportunity to talk to owners about their experiences with driving electric. Enjoy music, prizes and special guests during the day. Come see what is new in the world of electric driving.

* 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
* Drawing for donated prizes and merchandise, including electric vehicle charging equipment

We will have demonstrations of electric robots built and operated by three different student teams, and opportunities for you to try your skill at operating them!

Learn about electric car charging needs and renewable energy such as solar, and try out different electric cars with test drives and dealer exhibits.

Enjoy vintage-style burgers and frosty root beer floats available from our fantastic hosts at the legendary XXX Root Beer restaurant.

Join the EV revolution by becoming a member of the non-profit Electric Auto Association and the advocacy organization Plug-In America. Special discount membership rates available only at this car show!

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.

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

Registered Attendees

There are currently 253 attendees registered.

Owners of These Vehicles Have Registered To Attend

Vehicle Registered
Nissan Leaf (2011-2017) 28
Tesla Model S 9
EV Conversion 4
Tesla Roadster 4
BMW i3 3
Chevrolet Volt 3
Ford C-MAX Energi 2
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 2
Toyota Plug-in Prius 2
Toyota RAV4 EV (2012 and later) 2
BMW i3 REx 1
BMW i8 1
Brammo 1
CODA Sedan 1
Fiat 500e 1
Ford Focus Electric 1
Ford Ranger EV (1997-2003) 1
Ford Transit Connect Electric 1
Kia Soul EV 1
Smart fortwo electric drive 1
Toyota RAV4 EV (1997-2003) 1
Zero Motorcycle 1
22 Models 71

Registered attendees report 1,345,623 electric miles driven.

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All NDEW 2024 sponsors support Plug In America's coordination of National Drive Electric Week.

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