Washington State Looking To Encourage EV Adoption Via Legislation

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Legislators in the state of Washington have a slate of bills in mind that would encourage more EV adoption in order to help reduce air pollution.

Autoblog reports one bill would create a “statewide electric vehicle infrastructure bank” that would be used to fund new charging stations throughout Washington. The bank would be funded via a $100 annual fee for EV registrations, as well as a change to sales-tax exemptions for such vehicles via a bill that would renew them through July 2021. The exemption would cover the first $45,000 of an EV’s purchase price, so those buying a Nissan Leaf or a Chevrolet Bolt would be just fine, while those buying a Tesla Model S or X would pay the sales tax.

Other bills in the running include a requirement of all cities in Snohomish, King, Pierce and Thurston counties to allow charging stations in nearly all land zoning categories; incentive programs for builders to add such stations to their projects; and utility compliance credits for those who buy new EV chargers.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on Feb 09, 2015

    having ridden literally tens of thousands of miles on oft-crowded bike trails in the Boston and DC areas, and probably run a few thousand on the former, I don't think they are necessarily a bad idea.

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    • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Feb 09, 2015

      @jdash1972 I'm guessing from your post that you were behaving badly as a cyclist as you are here. Please stop telling people you are from Texas, even if you are, and apologize to your mother for being the embarrassment you have become. Seattle is nice, I hope you got to tour the peninsula, it's fascinating.

  • Jacob_coulter Jacob_coulter on Feb 09, 2015

    There is no pollution problem in Washington State, dollars to doughnuts this type of legislation is being primarily driven by the people that would profit off such a large government contract constructing such charging stations. In the same way, natural gas powered vehicles pollute around 90% less than a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle. How dumb would it be if the state used tax dollars to build and maintain natural gas charging stations for the public? The same with hydrogen powered vehicles. Technology simply moves too fast, I could easily see these chargers using technology that's completely obsolete but the state will be on the hook for decades to maintain.

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    • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Feb 09, 2015

      @eManual Not to mention the basic government problem that they never get blamed for destroying all the good things that won't happen due to there actions nor even most of the bad things that can't be directly tied to them.

  • APaGttH APaGttH on Feb 09, 2015

    In the Puget Sound region sales tax on a new vehicle purchase exceeds 9%. No sales tax on an electric under $45K, plus Uncle Sam giving me $7.5K -- this becomes a huge incentive - spend $40K on an electric and you're saving almost $4K in sales tax alone (admittedly in Washington state if you itemize you can write off sales tax)

  • IndigoCoyote IndigoCoyote on Feb 09, 2015

    Puget Sound resident here. We have pollution, like anybody else. And we are a long, thin basin with mountains to the east and west. In mid-winter we get inversions, and in mid-summer a dome of high pressure. The big thing here to remember is that we expect 4 million more people in Western WA in the next 25 years. Almost double what we have now. I commend any pol who is willing to face these facts and could give a hang as to what party etc. comes up with out of the box solutions. As long as we get enough forward thinking. However, so-called "Blue" WA now has a D governor, D-ish House and R Senate. I can only hope that we get something besides gridlock. Or we will end up with, umm, gridlock. Oh, and my private utility now rewards me for using more juice at night (on a pilot program for now.) My for-profit electricity costs less than .03/kwh after 10pm. SO, yeah, what that guy said about hydro power not being too storable? Better believe it.