Electric Vehicle Council

Charging modern electric cars from station outdoors

In March 2022, the Washington Legislature passed and Governor Inslee signed the 16-year, $17 billion Move Ahead Washington transportation package, which has six times the amount of funding for climate and clean transportation investments than its 2015 predecessor. The legislation (ESSB 5974) created a new Interagency Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council (EV Council) so state agencies can better collaborate on efforts to accelerate electric vehicle adoption and reduce transportation-sector greenhouse gas emissions.

EV Council responsibilities

The EV Council is co-led by the Departments of Commerce and Transportation, who are joined by the State Efficiency and Environmental Performance Office, Office of Financial Management, Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction, Utilities and Transportation Commission, and the Departments of Agriculture, Ecology, Enterprise Services, and Health.

As members of the EV Council, the agencies will:

  • Develop a statewide transportation electrification strategy
  • Analyze how to reach the state’s target of 100% electric passenger and light-duty vehicle sales starting in model year 2030
  • Identify and coordinate all state and federal electric vehicle-related funding
  • Engage with local governments, communities, and the Environmental Justice Council to ensure the statewide transportation electrification strategy, grant distribution, programs, and activities associated with advancing transportation electrification benefit vulnerable and overburdened communities

EV Council Advisory Committee

DEADLINE: Interest forms must be submitted by Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time

The EV Council is seeking individuals and organizations interested in serving on a new Advisory Committee. The goal of the 10 state agencies that make up the council is to ensure their work reflects broad perspectives essential to advancing transportation electrification in Washington state.

Advisory Committee members will be asked to:

  • Help EV Council members, staff and consultants gather information and develop recommendations in the statewide transportation electrification strategy.
  • Provide feedback on draft versions of the statewide transportation electrification strategy during each stage of development.
  • Hear updates and provide feedback on agencies’ programs, rulemakings, and other policy development.
  • Serve as a partner with EV Council staff and consultants on public engagement strategies, and provide support in communicating EV Council efforts to the public.
  • Provide additional feedback and assistance as determined by the Executive Committee or full EV Council.

The EV Council currently anticipates that Advisory Committee participants will meet through the end of 2023, when the statewide transportation electrification strategy is complete. The initial estimate is that committee members will spend about five hours a month attending meetings and reviewing materials, but this is subject to change.

Representatives of the EV Council Executive Committee from the Departments of Commerce, Ecology, Enterprise Services, Transportation, and the Utilities and Transportation Commission will review interest forms and recommend a list of no more than 25 Advisory Committee members to the full EV Council during their next meeting.

Find complete details on this opportunity, including selection criteria, in the online interest form.

Watch EV Council meetings

Sept. 27 meeting decisions and materials

  • Reached consensus to adopt a decision-making process.
  • Reached consensus to create an Executive Committee.
  • Reached consensus to direct the Departments of Commerce and Transportation to publish a request for Advisory Committee applications, and request the Executive Committee to propose a recommended Advisory Committee membership roster for approval at a future EV Council meeting.
  • Reached consensus to create two issue workgroups: the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Workgroup and the Electric Vehicle Adoption Workgroup.
  • Reached consensus to direct the Department of Commerce to serve as the lead agency for hiring and managing consultants, begin and complete a hiring process, and provide updates to the EV Council.
  • The EV Council also requested that the Executive Committee work with the Department of Enterprise Services and the State Efficiency and Environmental Performance Office to ensure state agencies without representatives on the EV Council have a voice in the council’s work.
Meeting materials

July 21 meeting materials

Washington’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) plan

One of the EV Council’s first responsibilities is to direct the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to submit the state’s NEVI plan to the federal government for approval. NEVI is a federal program created in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will fund electric vehicle charging stations every 50 miles along major highway corridors. Washington is expected to receive more than $70 million in the next five years.

States were required to submit implementation plans to the Federal Highway Administration by Aug. 1, 2022. States can only receive funding once plans are federally approved.

The EV Council voted on the state NEVI implementation plan at its July 21 meeting, to comply with federal deadlines. Public review of the draft plan was completed on July 15. More information is available on WSDOT’s NEVI webpage.