Clean Transportation

Transportation is the state’s number one source of greenhouse gas emissions and a major source of local air pollution that disproportionately impacts the health of people living near roadways, port facilities, industrial activity and railways — communities where vulnerable populations often reside.
Electric car charging at a station

"These populations are particularly sensitive to transportation pollution due to health, economic and other environmental factors. To meet emission reduction limits, vehicles will need to operate on renewable fuels, such as biofuels, electricity and hydrogen, and communities must reduce miles traveled, as well as increase transit, cycling and walking."

Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy

Clean Transportation Updates

Clean Transportation Programs

Charging modern electric cars from station outdoors

EV Coordinating Council

The EV Coordinating Council is co-led by the Departments of Commerce and Transportation, who are joined by eight other agencies to: create a statewide transportation electrification strategy; plan to achieve the state’s 100% electric passenger and light-duty vehicle sales starting in model year 2030; and coordinate all federal and state electric vehicle-related funding.

Electric vehicle plug

Transportation Electrification Strategy (TES)

The EV Coordinating Council has been tasked with creating a statewide Transportation Electrification Strategy (TES) by the end of 2023 and ensuring that electric vehicle incentives and infrastructure are accessible and available to all Washingtonians.

Electric vehicle charging at wind turbine

Electric Drive Washington

Electric vehicles continue to make inroads in reducing our dependence on traditional fuel sources and reducing our carbon footprint in Washington State. 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.

Biofuel laboratory

Transportation and Fuels

Washington's investment in biofuel industries creates new jobs, markets, businesses and technologies while the switch to renewable alternatives to power electric vehicles increase the effectiveness of our energy system, reduces use of imported fuels, and reduces our carbon footprint.

A rendering of the electric bus Vicinity Motors plans to build in Washington State.

Electrification of Transportation Systems Program

This grant fund is for the continued transformation of the electric transportation market in Washington State. The Electrification of Transportation Systems Program (ETS) provides grants to Washington local governments, Tribal Governments, and retail electric utilities for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Electric vehicle plugged in

EV Government Resources

Washington governments are working to become Plug-in Electric Vehicle ready by planning and building a charging infrastructure. Cities and counties are leading the way by investing in electric vehicle infrastructure and are adding electric vehicles to their vehicle mix.


Deborah Reynolds
Clean Transportation Managing Director
Phone: 360-725-2803

Steven Hershkowitz
Senior Policy Specialist, Transportation Electrification
Phone: 360-688-4006

Steven Polunsky
Senior Policy Specialist, Clean Transportation & Hard to Decarbonize Sectors
Phone: 360-764-3159


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