Thurston County and the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater have adopted rigorous greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions goals to mitigate the impact of climate change:
Increasing EV adoption has been identified in the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan as one of many strategies to meet these goals.
The electric vehicle (EV) market share has steadily grown with registered EVs in Washington State increasing 190% between January 2017 and January 2021. According to evadoption.com, Washington State has the 3rd highest EV sales numbers in the country. In Thurston County, the adoption rate of EV has been growing. In March 2021 EVs made up 1.15% of the registered passenger vehicles in the county.
Electric Vehicle Population Size, Thurston County March 2021
Vehicle Primary Use
Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)
Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)
Washington Data.Wa.gov reports 2,264 registered EVs in Thurston County (March 15, 2021). There are about 49 publicly available charging station locations with Level 2 or Level 3 service in Thurston County - with that number changing almost weekly. In addition, there are many courtesy Level 1 charges available at retail locations with priority EV parking, however, these could not be inventoried. The number of available stations can change at any time as business add charging stations to their parking areas as a customer courtesy.
According to PlugShare.com, there are seven different plug types and over 20 charging networks in and around Thurston County, each requiring a user account. The number and varying types of charging station providers coming to market makes it challenging to maintain an accurate and up to date inventory of charging stations for users.
With growing EV use comes greater demand for places where people can charge their vehicles as they go about their daily activities.
Charging Station Levels
Learn more about EV charging,
Interactive map of EV charging stations in Thurston County
Plug in electric vehicles, generally known as EVs
For more information, Alternative Fuels Data Center: https://afdc.energy.gov/fuels/electricity.html
During the 2021 Session, state legislators passed a number of bills that support the use of electric vehicles, including a state goal that all new vehicles be electric by 2030. Various state entities must:
Electric Utilities must analyze readiness to support an increase in electric vehicles and EV service providers must disclose costs of using public equipment. Several specific locations for EVI are funded in state budgets.
Learn more about legislation passed during the 2021 legislative session.
The region is taking steps at the local level to address electric vehicle needs at this time there are more questions than answers predicting what an EV future looks like.
Some questions and concerns the plan may address:
Charger installation costs