Kate White Tudor of White Tudor LLC is the primary author of this guest blog and represents NRDC in Washington state.
Washington State has passed two leading laws on electric vehicles! The signing of these bills by Governor Inslee last week has helped ensure that people will be able to charge their EV as easily as buying gas (SB5192, Das) and will be able to charge their EVs at home, at work, and on the road as the state moves toward a new goal of all new passenger vehicles being zero-emitting by 2030 (HB 1287, Ramel).
Making EV charging as simple as buying gas
If you drive an EV, you know EV charging networks can still be a patchwork — different networks require different apps, fobs or cards with bar codes, or calls to 1-800 numbers. Some require a monthly pre-paid subscription, even if you only charge once.
SB 5192, sponsored by Senator Mona Das from Kent, will establish standards for the EV charging experience across Washington State. EV chargers will show how much each charging session will cost. Drivers will pay only for the electricity they use, using a credit card. These requirements take effect in January 2023.
An estimated one million vehicles in the state must be zero emission by 2030, and over 2 million by 2035, to meet the state’s deep decarbonization goals.