Welcome to the Electric Drive Washington Website!
Transportation is Washington State’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and it emits other major pollutants such as particulate matter and nitrogen oxides. The continued progress of electric vehicle (EV) technology, coupled with the state’s abundance of economical, zero-emission electricity, provides an opportunity to reduce transportation emissions through electrification. Plus, electrifying transportation increases the efficiency of our electricity grid, keeps more money in-state, lowers driving costs, and spurs local innovation and business development.
Washington State has a goal of registering 50,000 plug-in electric vehicles by 2020, and government agencies are taking the lead through the Electric Fleets Initiative. They have pledged that 20% of state fleet purchases be electric by end of 2017. The Department of Commerce engages a broad range of stakeholders to develop policies and tools to usher in this new era of more sustainable transportation.