Electric Vehicle Policies and Laws for State and Local Government in Washington state are in RCW 43.19.648. It requires state agencies and local governments to fuel publicly owned vehicles, vessels and construction equipment with electricity or biofuels, to the extent practicable. The definition of practicable and guidelines for how agencies will be evaluated, can be found in WAC 194-28 for state agencies and WAC 194-29 for local governments.
Recently Completed Rulemaking
Chapter 194-29 WAC – Practicable use of electricity and biofuels to fuel local government vehicles
Per RCW 43.325.080 – Commerce established rules for how local governments are to meet the requirements set forth in RCW 43.19.648 regarding procurement of alternative fuels and vehicles. Final adoption was in October 2016.
Local Government Rulemaking
Commerce organized an advisory committee including of representatives from governments, ports and public utilities, fire, parks, school and transit districts. Final rules were proposed in July 2015. Based on comments received, Commerce continued work with the advisory committee and adjusted the rules. A final public hearing was on July 14, 2016. Minutes and materials from these meetings are posted below.
- Public Hearing Testimony (Audio MP3)
- Clean Energy Fuels
- Community Transit
- Intercity Transit
- Jefferson County
- King County Metro
- Puget Sound Energy
- Small & Mid-Sized Transit Alliance
- Spokane Transit
- Stevens County
- Tacoma Public Utilities
- Wahkiakum County
- Washington State Association of County Engineers
- Washington State Transit Association
- Western Washington Clean Cities