2021 Legislative News

  • Washington State is a great place for taking an electric vehicle road-trip. The Department of Transportation has been strategically placing many DC Quick Charge stations along the states major highways.


2021 EV Legislation Bills

Now that the Washington Legislature is back in session, several bills dealing with EV policy are under consideration, with at least four hearings already scheduled. Following is a brief list of legislation, and below is information about how you can participate and make your voice count.
SB5000 – Sales and use tax exemption for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Prime Sponsor Senator Hawkins, Co-Sponsor Senator Lovelett. – Exempts qualified fuel cell vehicles from 50 percent of sales tax, or all sales tax on a used vehicle valued up to $16,000. Begins July 1, 2022. Expires after eight years or 650 vehicles have used exemption. Hearing at 8 a.m. Jan. 13 in the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee. Read more.
HB1091 – Low-carbon fuel standard. Prime Sponsor Representative Fitzgibbon and 21 co-sponsors. – Directs Department of Ecology to establish Clean Fuels Program requiring reduction of GHG emissions by 10 percent of 2017 levels by 2028 and by 20 percent of 2017 levels by 2035. DOE also would establish bankable, tradeable credits. Exempts exported fuel, electricity production, and fuel used by planes, trains and boats. Hearing at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in the House Environment and Energy Committee. Read more.
HB1075 – Requires ride-hailing services to reduce vehicle emissions. Sponsors Representatives Berry and Fitzgibbon. – Requires providers to report annually on vehicle miles travelled and GHG emissions to DOE. Requires providers to develop GHG emission reduction plans by 2024. Hearing at 10 a.m. Jan. 15 in the House Environment and Energy Committee. Read more.
SB5126 – Washington Climate Commitment Act. Sponsors Senators Carlysle and Saldana. – Creates a cap and trade program, and a task force to make recommendations for a comprehensive, coordinated statewide climate action program. Hearing at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee. Read more.
SB5085 – Electric motorcycle registration fee. Sponsor Senator Rolfes. – Changes $150 annual EV registration fee to $30 for electric motorcycles. Referred to Senate Transportation Committee. Not yet scheduled for a hearing. Read more.

HB1204 – Clean Cars 2030 Bill –  Bans sales of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2030. was introduced by Rep. Macri, and is co-sponsored by Reps. Chopp, Ramos, Kloba, Simmons, Senn, Berry, Fitzgibbon, Ramel, Duerr, Ortiz-Self, Goodman, Slatter, Bateman, Pollet, and Harris-Talley. Referred to House Transportation Committee. No hearing scheduled yet. A companion Senate bill is in the works Backed by Coltura coalition. Read more.

SB5192 Interoperability among publicly available EV charging stations – Introduced by Sen. Das requires publicly available EV chargers to display a specified set of information, and to accept multiple payment methods. It requires the hardware, software, and communications network to be able to interact with, exchange, and make use of information, including payment information, from different providers’ systems. California has this already. Referred to Senate Transportation Committee. No hearing scheduled yet. Read more.

SB6586  (From 2020 SESSION – Implementing a per mile charge on electric and hybrid vehicles. Sponsors Senators Saldaña, Hobbs, Liias and Conway – Replaces $150 annual EV registration fee with per-mile road usage charge, beginning in 2024.
Because of the pandemic, most legislative hearings this year will be conducted remotely, and testimony will be taken online. Here is more information about how to participate:
Portals for remote testimony are available online for the state House and Senate.

The public can sign up to testify live after a bill appears on an agenda for a hearing and until one hour before the hearing begins, .

Submitting written testimony is an option until 24 hours after a hearing starts. That will be sent to legislators and committee staff, and included in a bill’s legislative record but not on public-facing bill reports.

Visitors to the portals can find their bill of interest by choosing the committee and meeting time when it’s scheduled for a hearing. After selecting a bill, three options are available: submitting written testimony, testifying live, or simply noting your position for the legislative record.

Pages with bill information have already featured buttons allowing people to “comment on this bill,” but comments submitted that way are treated differently than written testimony. Those are routed to a constituent’s legislators, while the new system saves written testimony in a database where committee members and staff can read them. Staff will later place those comments in the committee file and archive them. 

People who want to testify live will be sent a unique Zoom link they can use to participate via video or audio. Committee chairs will decide the order and length of public testimony.

The portals have a message in bold-face: Registering isn’t a guarantee that a person will be able to testify or speak at specific times.

SEVA Legislative Action Alert List

Would you like to add your voice to support transportation electrification in Washington State? Would you like to receive alerts on Electric Vehicle related legislation in this upcoming session?

If so, then please send an email to  SEVA’s Legislative Agenda Coordinator JEFF FINN.
Please put “Legislative Action List” in the subject line and include the following information in the body:

Thank you for helping advance the adoption of Electric Vehicles in Washington!

PAST BILLS (Some being introduced in 2021)

2020 Legislative Season: EV Bills:

Reducing emissions from on-demand transportation – HB2310 – Rep. Fitzgibbon – Requires companies scheduling rides or consumer food or goods deliveries through digital technology such as web pages or smartphone apps to provide data to create a baseline of their emissions, and to reduce them over time. (The bill exempts a variety of traditional transportation services like taxis and limousines, however.) NOT VOTED ON

  • Carbon fee to fund transportation projects – SB5971 – Sen. Hobbs – Increases EV registration fee from $150 to $300, among many other fees. The bill would fill the funding shortfall left by the passage of Initiative 976, if is survives court challenges. NOT VOTED ON
  • Electric bike tax exemption – HB 1986 – Rep. Shewmake – The bill creates a sales and use tax exemption for buyers of electric bicycles and related cycling equipment.
  • Tesla Sales – SB6082 – Sen. Carlyle – amends a current law that limits how manufacturers can discriminate among or compete with dealers to specify that its provisions don’t apply to any manufacturer of all-electric vehicles. NOT VOTED ON
  • Phase out of gasoline cars – HB2515 – Rep. Macri – Directs the state transportation commission to develop a plan and rules to ensure that all 2030 model year and later passenger and light duty vehicles sold or registered in the state be electric, in a manner that minimizes costs and maximizes benefits for Washington’s economy, improves and modernizes Washington’s energy infrastructure, and maintains electric system reliability. NNOT VOTED ON


  • ZEV mandate – SB5811 – Sen. Nguyen – reintroduced Jan. 13 in same form as passed last year. Already approved in the Senate on Feb. 16. Companion bill HB1999 reintroduced in House. The bill removes the prohibition on adopting the California Zero Emission Vehicle standards from the current law authorizing Ecology to adopt the rest of California’s emissions standards. 03/10/20: PASSED both House and Senate
  • Advancing Electric Transportation (Gov. Inslee’s bill) – SB5336 and HB1664 – Sen. Palumbo and Rep Slatter- reintroduced in same form as last year. In addition to the ZEV mandate, the bill requires all utilities to engage in electrifying transportation, and specifically authorizes them to build and promote charging infrastructure (as well as to invest in making energy infrastructure in general more efficient). It removes the requirement that their chargers must be in places where cars will plug in for at least four hours if they want to earn a rate of return on the investment. It authorizes cities with municipal utilities serving more than 400,000 customers to do as much as the Washington Constitution allows to provide financing to help customers electrify transportation, and to offer programs, services, and make investments to provide that, if that will benefit ratepayers and the city has adopted a plan for electrifying transportation. NOT VOTED ON
  • Low Carbon Fuel Standard – SB5412 and HB1110- reintroduced Jan. 13 – Sen. Saldana and Rep. Fitzgibbon – Requires the Department of Ecology to create rules to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels used in Washington to 10% below 2017 levels by 2028 and to 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. (Fuels for aviation, shipping, and locomotives are exempted.) NOT PASSED
  • Electrifying public vehicle fleets – HB1832 – Rep. Macri – reintroduced in same form as last year. Requires any 2023 model light duty vehicles or later ones that state agencies own or operate to be battery electrics or fuel cell vehicles. By 2026, a similar rule would apply to medium and heavy duty vehicles. Requires any 2025 model light duty vehicles or later ones that local governments own or operate to be battery electrics or fuel cell vehicles. By 2027, a similar rule would apply to medium and heavy duty vehicles. NOT VOTED ON
  • Electric and Hybrid Airplanes – HB1397 – Rep. Slatter- Reintroduced in same form as last year. The bill requires the Department of Transportation to convene a work group on hybrid and electric regional aircraft, including representatives from the electric aircraft industry, the aircraft manufacturing industry, electric utility districts, the battery industry, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Transportation Aviation Division, the Airline Pilots’ Association, a primary airport representing an airport association, and the airline industry. NOT VOTED ON
  • Registration Fee for Electric Motorcycles – SB5128 – Sen. Rolfes – Reintroduced in same form as last year. Currently, owners of electric motorcycles pay the same annual registration fee as the owners of electric cars that can travel over 30 miles on the battery. The bill reduces the fee for motorcycles to $30/yr.
  • Utility Electrification of Transportation Infrastructure – HB1127 – Rep. Morris – Reintroduced in same form as last year. Allows utilities to adopt transportation electrification plans if they determine that outreach and investment in electrification infrastructure is cost-effective in the context of acquiring new resources, considering system benefits and costs to ratepayers. NOT VOTED ON

2019 Legislative EV Bills:

Senate Bill 5811:
Reducing emissions by making changes to the clean car standards and clean car program.
Sponsors: NguyenRolfesWilson, C.LiiasDasHuntKudererSaldaña
No Action Taken This Session. Needs more feedback from constituents.

Senate Bill 5336:
Advancing electric transportation, Electric Vehicle Sales Tax Incentives: PalumboCarlyleNguyenSaldañaHasegawaDhingraFrocktKuderer
As of April 14, 2019, bill is stuck in the Ways and Means Committee.


Senate Bill 5970 
Authorizing bonds for transportation funding.Sponsors: HobbsKingSaldañaSheldonClevelandFortunatoRandallZeigerPalumboTakkoNguyenWilson, C.MulletLiiasLovelettDasWagoner
As of April 14, 2019, bill is stuck in the Ways and Means Committee.


Senate Bill 5971
Concerning transportation funding.Sponsors: HobbsSaldañaSheldonClevelandRandallPalumboTakkoNguyenMulletLiiasLovelettConwayThis bill would double the registration tax on EV’s to $300 per anum.
As of April 14, 2019, bill is stuck in the Ways and Means Committee.


Senate Bill 5972
Concerning additive transportation funding and appropriations.
This bill would double the registration tax on EV’s to $300 per anum.
Sponsors: HobbsKingSaldañaSheldonClevelandFortunatoRandallZeigerPalumboTakkoNguyenWilson, C.MulletLiiasPaddenLovelettDasConwayWagoner
As of April 14, 2019, bill is in Senate Rules Committee.


2016 Legislative EV Bills:

SEVA responseto “Phony Math and Ironic Economics Used to Justify Electric Car Tax Breaks” article about the carbon emission savings page prepared by SEVA for the proposed extension to the Washington State electric vehicle sales tax exemption.

2015 Legislative EV Bills:

SEVA’s 2015 Legislative Agenda:

These are the legislative items SEVA focused on in 2015.

All  Past SEVA Legislative Agenda Items:

Here’s a complete list of all legislative items SEVA has supported over the years.

Washington State Electric Vehicle Action Plan 2015-2020  (.PDF)

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