Washington state moves closer to clean cars with key electric vehicle bills advancing in legislature

Highlights:

  • “The Senate voted 26-23 to pass SB 5811, a bill that would enable Washington to join the national Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) program.”
  • The bill requires that automakers produce a minimum percentage of electric vehicles to be purchased.
  • HB 2515 requires that all 2030 and later car models produced be electric within Washington.

by Business Wire

The Washington State Legislature is moving swiftly to create a cleaner transportation system, with potentially enormous impacts on demand for gasoline, the state’s biggest source of carbon emissions. Today, the Senate voted 26-23 to pass SB 5811, a bill that would enable Washington to join the national Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) program. Additionally, a bill requiring all new vehicles sold in the state to be electric by 2030 (HB 2515) was referred to the House Transportation Committee for a hearing.

Eleven states currently participate in the ZEV program, which requires that a minimum percentage of the passenger vehicles supplied by automakers be electric. By putting the responsibility on automakers to make more electric vehicles available, the program avoids fiscal impact on taxpayers.

Read more: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200115005893/en/Washington-State-Moves-Closer-Clean-Cars-Key

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