Nationally, Seattle ranks among the top U.S. cities for electric vehicles, with strong regional EV infrastructure and 6.5 charging stations per 100,000 residents. The Washington legislature in its most recent session passed a series of bills designed to transition the state toward an electric vehicle (EV) future. The legislation addresses owner barriers to electrical vehicle ownership by developing tools and standards for locating and utilizing charge stations, and outlines advances in infrastructure to support a growing percentage of EV vehicles on the road.

This new Washington legislation (HB 1287 and complementary bill SB 5192) accelerates the transition to EVs by setting, a state-wide goal that by 2030 all new vehicle sales in Washington should be electric. Additionally, the legislation requires building codes be updated to address electrical infrastructure to support EV charging in parking areas, raising the percentage of EV-ready parking from 5%