Encouraging High Consumption Fuel Users to Use Electric Vehicles Study
The Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) is commissioning a study assessing strategies to encourage high consumption fuel users to switch to electric vehicles. RCW 70A.45.020 requires meeting specific emission reduction goals. Reducing emissions from the transportation sector, i.e. reducing the amount of fossil fuel burned, would contribute to meeting those goals.
Governor Inslee’s 2022 proposed supplemental budget included funding for a $7500 EV purchase incentive. While this proposal was not in the final budget it reflects the interest of some policy makers in accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles.
In response to that interest, the Legislature commissioned this study to assess opportunities to encourage high consumption fuel users (HCFU) to switch to EVs. Recent research indicates that the 10% of the vehicle fleet driven by HCFUs consume 32% of fuel burned in the U.S.
The Legislature’s study tasks fall into two categories:
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