Electric Vehicle Legislation 2021

During the 2021 Session, state legislators passed a number of bills that support an increase in the use of electric vehicles.

2SHB 1287: Requires WSDOT to develop and maintain a publicly- available mapping and forecasting tool with locations and information on charging/refueling infrastructure.  Electric utilities must analyze how they will be responsive to an increase in electrical vehicle usage. The State Building Code Council must implement rules by July 1, 2024 that require EVI at certain new residential units.  

The bill also sets a goal that all new vehicles purchased in model year 2030 or later be electric vehicles.   This is contingent upon passage of a new road usage charge or equivalent tax/fee.  

Thurston Region Sponsors: Rep. Bateman (22nd)
Status: Signed / Partial Veto by Governor

2SSB 5000: With certain limits, the bill establishes an eight-year pilot Vehicle Retail Sales and Use Tax Exemption program for fuel cell electric vehicles to increase the use of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in Washington as another way of promoting clean alternative fuel vehicle adoption.  

Thurston Region Sponsors: Sen. Braun (20th), Hunt (22nd), and Sheldon (35th)
Status: Signed by Governor

2SSB 5192: Requires electric vehicle service providers to disclose the costs of using publicly available electric vehicle supply equipment and establishes rules, fees, and penalties for electric vehicle supply equipment.

Status: Signed by Governor

SSB 5452: Directs the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources to undergo a public process to collect information on e-bike use on natural surface trails and roads that are limited to non-motorized use to determine where e-bike operation may occur and which classes of e-bikes are acceptable on such trails and roads.  

Status: Signed by Governor

Budgets: The Transportation Budget, SSB 5165, includes funding for the Joint Transportation Committee to undertake several studies relating to electric vehicles, including analyzing the electrification of public fleets and the impacts of a usage charge on electric vehicles. The bill also funds the Green Transportation Grant program, which allows transit organizations to vie for funding to electrify fleets and to install supportive infrastructure.  

The Capitol (SHB 1080), Transportation (SSB 5165), and Operating (SSB 5092) budgets also include funding for EVI infrastructure at specific locations.  

SHB 1080
Status: Signed by Governor

SSB 6156 & SSB 5092
Status: Signed / Partial Veto by Governor