The Seattle Electric Vehicle Association (SEVA) is an all-volunteer group of Seattle-area folks who are passionate about all things having to do with electric cars. Our members run the gamut from brand new Tesla owners to folks who have been converting old gasoline cars since the 1980’s.
We participate in car shows, educational events and political events having to do with electric vehicle legislation. But we mostly get together to have some plain, old fun at our free monthly meetings and by simply driving around on our zero-emission wheels.
SEVA also serves as a gateway to the latest press and information on and about electric vehicles. Jump on in to see what’s happening in the world of electric cars!
Car Shows and “EVents” 2019!
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Other EV EVENTS:
- ONGOING: Tesla Owners Club of the PNW (TOCPNW) has an events calendar up: https://tocpnw.org/events/
Some events are private, but some are open to the public, and in fact some are meant as outreach. Not all are local.
The Washington sales tax break will be revived as of August 1, 2019. It was expanded from the previous version to also apply to sales of used electric cars. As before, electric vehicle leases also get a sales tax break. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles could also qualify for the tax break, but no Pacific Northwest dealers currently stock or sell new hydrogen-powered cars.
To qualify for Washington’s tax abatement, a new vehicle’s sales price has to be less than $45,000 and a used electric passenger vehicle less than $30,000. These thresholds are meant to screen out buyers of high-end Teslas and BMWs. Oregon’s rebate program operates with the same philosophy, but uses as its eligibility cutoff a base model MSRP of less than $50,000.
The Washington sales tax break is structured to ramp down and then phase out completely after six years.
For the first two years beginning this August, $25,000 of a new alternative fuel vehicle’s price is sales tax free. The untaxed portion shrinks to $20,000 in 2021 and then down to $15,000 in 2023. For used EVs, $15,000 of the sales price is tax free throughout the period.
The sales tax break is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2025.
The revived and modified sales tax break passed the Washington Legislature with bipartisan support, but with just hours to spare on the last day of the 2019 session. It passed in the state Senate 31-17. The final vote in the House of Representatives on Sunday was 91-7.
The state incentives in Oregon and Washington are in addition to a federal income tax credit worth up to $7,500 for buyers of certain models of new all-electric vehicles.
FEDERAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE TAX INCENTIVES For 2019
For TESLA only:
|Federal Tax Credit||For Vehicles Delivered|
|$7500||On or before December 31, 2018|
|$3750||January 1-June 30, 2019|
|$1,875||June 30, 2019-December 31, 2019|
For ALL OTHER electric vehicle brands:
|Federal Tax Credit||For Vehicles Delivered|
|$7500||Until automakers of each separate, respective brand hit the 200,000 unit sales mark. See link below for more info.|
EV News Headlines
- Toshiba launches diesel-battery hybrid shunting and short-line locomotive (6/26/2019) - Toshiba subsidiary Kiel-Toshiba Railway Europe unveiled its first European hybrid shunting and short-line locomotive. The company showcased the HDB 800 locomotive demonstrator in its pantograph version alongside other modular diesel-electric hybrid locomotives at a recent trade show. The new HDB 800 has the following features: Series hybrid system consisting of ...read more
- Fiat partners with EVBox for charging stations (6/25/2019) - Fiat has partnered with EVBox, a charging station manufacturer and subsidiary of the energy company ENGIE, to provide charging systems for its new EVs. ENGIE will set up Fiat's online platform, and will install and maintain charging stations for customers and approximately 2,800 dealers in 14 European countries, including Austria, ...read more
- Siemens sells electric aircraft propulsion business to Rolls-Royce (6/25/2019) - Siemens is set to sell its eAircraft unit to Rolls-Royce – the companies expect the move to take place in late 2019. Siemens eAircraft develops electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the aerospace industry. At locations in Munich and Erlangen in Germany as well as Budapest, Hungary, it cooperates with partners ...read more
- BMW M Next, Porsche insurance, regional deals, EVs for men: Today’s Car News (6/25/2019) - Porsche beats Tesla to the punch selling insurance for its cars—although its electric one hasn't quite arrived yet. Regional discounts can go a long way toward making electric cars affordable. The BMW M Next concept previews the next i8. And our latest Twitter poll asks if electric cars are mainly ...read more
- BMW M Next concept points to i8 successor: More electric range, a lot more power (6/25/2019) - BMW is on a mission to broaden its electric-vehicle portfolio in the early part of this next decade, and as part of the future lineup neither of BMW's quirky carbon-fiber ‘i' cars are likely to carry through. While the i3 will be replaced by more conventional-looking, steel-and-aluminum EVs, the i8 ...read more