Electric Vehicle Council

Accelerating toward electric transportation for a cleaner future in Washington.

Charging modern electric cars from station outdoors

EV Council Meetings

Washington’s Interagency Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council (EV Council) holds regular public meetings to review clean transportation funding and program information, hear progress reports from working committees, discuss recommendations, and track outcomes. The public is welcome to attend virtually and submit comments/questions at the EV Council meetings that are held via Zoom. Please register to attend public Council meetings.

Next EV Council meeting: Sept. 4, 2024

EV Council meeting materials (on Box). Meeting materials will be posted prior to the upcoming meeting.

Register for the EV Council Meeting (on Zoom)

EV Council meetings are broadcast on TVW. The link to the broadcast will be available in early August.

The 2024 virtual meetings are held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 7th
  • April 3rd
  • May 1st
  • July 10th
  • September 4th
  • October 2nd
  • November 6th
  • December 4th

*Please note that additional workshops or special meetings may be scheduled and posted accordingly

July 10, 2024 EV Council Meeting Materials

May 1, 2024 EV Council Meeting Materials

April 3, 2024 EV Council Meeting Materials

February 7, 2024 EV Council Meeting Materials

November 15, 2023 EV Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

November 1, 2023 EV Council Meeting Materials

October 18, 2023, EV Council Meeting Materials

October 11, 2023, EV Council Meeting Materials

September 20, 2023, EV Council Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

September 6, 2023, EV Council Meeting Materials

August 16, 2023, EV Council Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

August 2, 2023, EV Council Meeting Materials

July 19, 2023, EV Council Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

July 12, 2023, EV Council Meeting Materials

June 7, 2023, EV Council Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

May 17, 2023, EV Council Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

May 2, 2023, EV Council Meeting Materials

April 19, 2023, EV Council Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

April 5, 2023, EV Council Meeting Decisions and Materials

March 15, 2023, EV Council Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

March 1, 2023, EV Council Meeting Decisions and Materials

February 15, 2023, EV Council Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

February 1, 2023, EV Council Meeting Decisions and Materials

Approved initial Feb. 15 advisory committee agenda. Meeting may be viewed at the TVW link available.

January 3, 2023, EV Council Meeting Decisions and Materials

Reached consensus on the members of the Advisory Committee. Clarified that members are appointed for one year. Public comment may be viewed at the TVW link available.

September 27, 2022, EV Council 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 recording (on YouTube)
  • Decision-making process (PDF)
  • Creation of committees and workgroups (PDF)
  • Hiring consultants (PDF)

July 21, 2022, EV Council Meeting Materials

About the EV Council

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. This transformative legislation (ESSB 5974) created a new Interagency Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council (EV Council), so state agencies could better collaborate on efforts to accelerate electric vehicle adoption and reduce transportation-sector greenhouse gas emissions.

The EV Council is a unique collaboration of a permanent group of designated staff people from the following ten Washington state agencies, serving as council members:

  • Department of Commerce (Co-Chair of EV Council & Executive Committee)
  • Department of Transportation (Co-Chair of EV Council & Executive Committee)
  • Department of Ecology (Executive Committee member)
  • Department of Enterprise Services (Executive Committee member)
  • Utilities and Transportation Commission (Executive Committee member)
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Health
  • Office of Financial Management
  • Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • State Efficiency and Environmental Performance Office

The EV Council is steered by an Executive Committee, which includes members who were active in the formation governance of the EV Council, and whose agencies cover the vast majority of the state’s electric vehicles program-level and rulemaking work. The Executive Committee tracks progress on the EV Council’s work and makes recommendations on governance, meeting agendas, decision-making, committee structure, and other administrative actions to ensure a path to success.

Purpose and Responsibilities

The EV Council is governed by RCW 43.392, which gives direction for interagency coordination on the state’s transportation electrification efforts, and for maximizing the use of both state and federal resources. Recommendations from the EV Council focus on increasing access to electric vehicles, ensuring reliable EV charging infrastructure across the state, and promoting available market incentives to benefit all Washingtonians. The objectives of the EV Council include to:

  • Develop a statewide transportation electrification strategy: In 2023, the EV Council, its advisory committee, consultants and supporting staff worked closely together to craft a scoping plan to help achieve Washington’s requirement that all passenger and light duty vehicles of model year 2035 or later sold in our state be electric vehicles. This comprehensive plan, called the Transportation Electrification Strategy (TES), was submitted in February 2024 to the Legislature for its consideration. Access the strategy.
  • Identify and coordinate all state and federal electric vehicle-related funding: The EV Council works to ensure that the benefits of using electric transportation are accessible and available to everyone in the state. For current funding opportunities, please see the link under “Updates” in the sidebar.
  • 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 are not only equitable but benefit vulnerable and overburdened communities.
  • Measure outcomes and collect and publicize data to track progress on policy and program implementation. Coordination will focus on preventing duplication and ensuring data consistency across state agencies. The EV Council meetings will provide regular updates on performance measurements in relation to the 2035 transportation electrification goal for Washington. This data analysis will also be provided in the EV Council’s Annual Report to the Legislature.

The EV Council carries out its scope of work through a set of industry advisory committees focused on what is needed to implement specific EV items. Throughout the year, informational reports will be provided at the EV Council meetings to aid in developing recommendations for programs and policies.

Valuable work was delivered in 2023 by an EV Advisory Committee comprised of industry stakeholders and community representatives. Members gathered information and feedback to craft recommendations for the development of the statewide TES, and partnered with the EV Council on public engagement and communication strategies. In 2024, public input will be channeled through several of the committees working on topics such as passenger vehicles and charging infrastructure. Committees will offer updates publicly at EV Council meetings, where EV Council members and the public will have the opportunity to offer input and ask questions.

More details can be found in the following:

These efforts ultimately support the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, to achieve a cleaner future for all Washingtonians.

Washington’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) plan

One of the EV Council’s first responsibilities was directing the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to submit the state’s NEVI plan to the Federal Highway Administration 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’s plan has been approved, and Washington will receive more than $70 million in the next five years.

More information is available on WSDOT’s NEVI webpage.

Updates

Virtual public workshop

Wednesday, July 17th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The EV Council is hosting a public workshop to seek public input on draft electric vehicle policy and funding proposals for the 2025 legislative session. Staff from EV Council member agencies will provide updates on ongoing work to develop legislative proposals and facilitate discussion to receive initial public feedback on the following topics:

  • Electric vehicle (EV) funding programs
  • Policies to improve EV charging readiness and reliability
  • Consumer incentives and information

Materials for the workshop are available (on Box).

Registration is required to attend the workshop. Register to attend the virtual workshop (held on Zoom)

Contact

Please contact the EV Council with your comments and questions through the following email addresses:

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