Triple XXX hosts its first-ever electric car show May 11

May 6, 2014

By Staff

For the first time, Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in will host a car show strictly for plug-in electric vehicles.

The Spring Electric Vehicle Show on May 11 is part of Triple XXX’s regular Sunday car show roster that typically features classic cars and collections from local car clubs.

By Greg Farrar A Tesla Model S sedan with a storage compartment under the front hood fondly nicknamed the ‘frunk’ by owners of the electric car, is on display in 2013 at the Earth Day Fair in Newcastle.

By Greg Farrar
A Tesla Model S sedan with a storage compartment under the front hood fondly nicknamed the ‘frunk’ by owners of the electric car, is on display in 2013 at the Earth Day Fair in Newcastle.

At the Spring Electric Vehicle Show, members of the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association 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. Dealers and other sustainability representatives will be on hand to showcase how driving electric vehicles saves money while also saving the planet.

“This car show should be the largest gathering of electric vehicles in one place ever mounted in the Northwest,” SEVA President Stephen Johnsen said in a news release. “It will be an excellent opportunity for local families to come and learn about the benefits and efficiencies of electric driving — directly from the owners who use electric vehicles every day.”

Vehicles will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11. The day will include electric vehicle vendors, music and a raffle to raise money for Charge for Change, an effort to install more public charging stations for electric vehicles. The raffle drawing for donated prizes will be at 1 p.m.

A recent Eastside Electric Vehicle Advocacy meeting in the Issaquah Highlands focused on the growing ownership of electric vehicles in East King County. Washington state now has the highest electric vehicle ownership rate per capita anywhere in the country. Tax incentives as well as low electricity rates, high gasoline prices and public interest in environmental protection locally help contribute to the rapidly growing adoption of electric vehicles in the region.

The show is a preview for National Drive Electric Week, Sept. 15-21, sponsored by the national advocacy organization Plug-In America. Learn more at www.driveelectricweek.org. A second electric vehicle show at Triple XXX is set for Sept. 21.

SEVA is also launching its new website, to provide a broad online information portal for electric vehicle owners as well as drivers who want to learn about them. The site — www.seattleeva.org — features photos, news, events, history, incentives, information about converting internal combustion engine vehicles to electric, charging electric vehicles and what to know before you buy.

With members all over Western Washington, SEVA is the second-largest chapter of the national Electric Auto Association. Formed in 1979, the all-volunteer organization welcomes anyone interested in the mission of “education, demonstration and proliferation of electric vehicles.”

 

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3 Responses to “Triple XXX hosts its first-ever electric car show May 11”

  1. Robert DeDomenico on May 7th, 2014 9:25 am

    It is easy to find stories espousing support for expensive electric cars: those designed to use existing roads by carrying an onboard rechargeable battery.

    That has not yet translated into widespread support for a far less expensive scheme for implementing electric transportation in lieu of gasoline cars. Such a scheme does exist. Admittedly, it requires a new “road” system, but this is no show stopper. In reality, the general failure to recognize that without any such new road system, electrification of surface transportation will cost far more, take far longer to effect, and deliver less value in return.

    Please consider a body of water that is routinely crossed by commuters. Without a bridge, marine fuel is consumed to transport passengers on ferries, but once a bridge is built, those passengers are free to choose a surface transportation mode, inclusive of any opportunites that mode affords for burning a different fuel.

    A new “road” system, designed from the ground up in support of effective and affordable electric transportation, will ultimately prove less expensive and more valuable than backfitting electric cars to a road system dependent on copius availability of cheap energy.

    It is good that we are looking for a better way… it is sad that so many are unable to see it, especially when it is shown to them.

  2. Robert DeDomenico on May 7th, 2014 12:06 pm

    Thank you, moderator.

    I have been working on electric surface transportation just over four years now. This bit of history from NASA offers some insight into the uphill battle this endeavor is: http://history.nasa.gov/monograph4.pdf

    John C. Houbolt is my hero.

  3. Tailgunner on May 9th, 2014 5:14 am

    So………. as electric cars become a (tiny) bit more mainstream, where are we going to get all the electricity to recharge them every night if/when they do become commonplace? They tell us our present electric supply grid can barely keep up with the demand we have now. Maybe we should be getting back on the nuclear energy bandwagon of a limitless supply of electricity. It is something that needs to be addressed – BEFORE, not after the fact.

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