Washington State Banks on Electric Vehicles

Approved measures will push EV sales and lower the carbon fuel standard.

February 28, 2020

OLYMPIA, Wash.—So far this year, the Washington state legislature has passed at least two bills that push electric vehicle sales, lower the carbon fuel standard and commit the state to an electricity supply free of greenhouse gas emissions within a quarter century, Forbes reports.

In January, the Washington Senate narrowly approved a bill that would make auto manufacturers reserve a specific part of vehicle sales within the state to be full EVs by 2022. The bill also mandates that all new vehicles sold in Washington be electric by 2030. Meanwhile, the House approved a low-carbon fuel standard. Washington also voted yes on the Clean Energy Transformation Act.

All that points to a state determined to decarbonize by the middle of the 21st century. To do so, its transportation must transform as well. Utilities have been trying to change with these mandates, while others have been moving toward electrification more quickly.

One example is Enel X, a company with more than 60,000 EV smart charging stations that has joined with Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light and Washington state utilities to push for EV adoption and grid integration, as well as to help educate residents on EVs. Enel X also installs JuiceBox smart chargers for residential customers.

“The cost is certainly a major benefit of going electric. Electricity is the most efficient vehicle fuel, about three times more efficient than gasoline or diesel,” Forbes wrote. “Coupled with less maintenance costs for EVs because there are fewer moving parts, the average cost to operate an EV in the United States is $485 per year, while the average for a gasoline-powered vehicle is $1,117.”