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Electric Vehicle Charging Designed for the Real World

The presentation will provide information based on actual, real world electric vehicle usage experiences from the consumers’ viewpoint gathered over the years by the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association and Plug In America from tens of thousands of their EV owners/drivers across the nation as well as the organizations’ work with local, state and national policy makers aimed at accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles.

Attendees will receive an overview of electric vehicle capabilities, usage and charging, both current and on the drawing boards. The presenters will address relevant electric vehicle charging considerations with respect to the design of single family dwellings, multi-family dwellings and workplaces during the architectural schematic design, design development and construction document phases. Finally, the attendees will learn about the range of existing electric vehicle incentives/policies in Washington state as well as electric vehicle information resources available to them once they are involved with the design of actual projects. A Q & A session will follow.

RSVP by Tuesday, July 12.


Speaker Bios

Phillip Skoog is an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Washington.  He has worked extensively in Information Technology (IT) in Bank Teller networking, US Government Networks for the US Department of State in 52 countries for approximately 23 yrs. and has owned/founded three IT engineering businesses.  In addition, he managed the early roll out of a global work management and logistics IT network for the US Department of State during Collin Powell’s tenure as Secretary of State.  This integrated network streamlined processes, made more effective use of logistics, and reduced down time through best delivery and IT based “KanBan” and Toyoda manufacturing methodology.
Mr. Skoog retired from his Washington, DC based assignment to return to the Seattle area to work on electric vehicles, autonomous driving vehicles and light duty electric trucks. He is also working on the electric vehicle charging and electronic information networking infrastructures which supports effective transportation and logistics.
Mr. Skoog heads up electric vehicle events coordination for the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association (SEVA). SEVA has been building and promoting the adoption of electric vehicles since 1979.  He has been a City Captain for the annual National Drive Electric Vehicle Week events in the Seattle area for three years and participates in policy and education efforts with these groups.

He is a member of the EastSide Transportation Association and attends as an interested citizen Puget Sound Regional Council and other transportation planning activities.
For his personal transportation in the Seattle area, Mr. Skoog can select the most appropriate vehicle from a private motor pool which was created by a group of individuals in order to optimize their transportation costs. The pool is comprised of four electric vehicles and one gasoline powered vehicle.  He also serves on a small business development team of a full size pick-up truck being converted to an all-electric vehicle.

Jeff Finn earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Washington. During his early working years, he was Assistant Manager of the City of Seattle’s Office of Neighborhood Planning and earned his American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification from the American Planning Association (APA) while a city employee. His article about the use of microcomputers in urban planning offices was featured on the cover of the July, 1980, issue of the APA’s Planning magazine.
In the dozen+ years since retiring from Microsoft, Jeff’s full-time volunteer, pay-it-forward mission has been to advocate for the adoption of sustainable lifestyles. More than 8 years ago, he converted a gas car to a zero emission electric vehicle (EV) which he has used as his daily driver ever since.
For the past 5 years, his family has owned only electric vehicles for transportation in the Seattle metro area. The electrical energy used to power their electric vehicles has been completely offset by the electricity generated by his photovoltaic solar system’s annual production (3mWh).

Jeff has been a member of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild for 20 years. He developed and presented a half-day training session on the topic of integrating electric vehicles into sustainable built environment projects for the Guild’s Annual Retreat weekend in 2014. Jeff has also been an active member of the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association (SEVA) for almost ten years. As SEVA’s volunteer legislative liaison in Olympia, he worked with his state Legislators to get the first bill passed in 2009 which made new electric vehicle sales eligible for a sales tax exemption as part of Washington’s existing clean fuels initiatives.
Because of his local EV advocacy work in Washington State, Jeff was recruited to Plug In America’s national board where he is now the Treasurer. Plug In America is the nation’s leading, independent non-profit organization promoting the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles from a consumer perspective and the creator/co-producer of National Drive Electric Week which attracted 95,000 attendees at approximately 200 local events across the U.S. in 2015.


July 13, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Center for Architecture & Design
1010 Western AVE
Seattle, WA 98104 United States
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