Vehicle & Equipment Procurement
We've collected some excellent resources to help fleets procure alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure and fund clean transportation projects as easily and inexpensively as possible.
Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
Government fleets in Washington can purchase off the state contract, which offers some of the best pricing in the nation on select electric vehicles. The state contract also includes infrastructure and service plans.
- Electric, Plug-In Hybrid & Hybrid Vehicles on Contract
- Master Contract for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment
Sales Tax Exemption
In Washington, purchases or leases of eligible new electric vehicles are exempt from sales tax. With local tax rates ranging up to 10%, this can save the buyer quite a bit! However, the tax exemption will expire on May 31, 2018.
Commercial Vehicle Tax Credit
Businesses are eligible to receive tax credits for purchases of new alternative fuel vehicles. Tax credit amounts vary based on gross vehicle weight rating and are up to 50% of the incremental cost.
Clean Diesel Grants
The Washington State Department of Ecology has $500,000 available in funding for public or private entities with diesel vehicles or equipment operating in Washington. Eligible projects include idle reduction projects, scrapping older heavy-duty vehicles, and shore power systems for marine harbor vessels.
Diesel pollution is responsible for 70 percent of the state's cancer risk from airborne pollutants.
Applications are due June 7, 2018. To learn more, visit Ecology's website.
EV Smart Fleets
EV Smart Fleets aims to develop an aggregate purchasing model for electric vehicles. By developing a new type of buying system that could lower costs and expand product availability for EVs, this project supports the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program and the work they do to decrease the use of petroleum in transportation.
The project developed a Fleet Procurement Analysis tool, which evaluates a variety of electric vehicle purchasing options, providing total cost of ownership information, as well as lifecycle impacts.
Fleets for the Future
Public sector fleets can now buy or lease alternative fuel or electric vehicles at a discount through Fleets for the Future. Learn more at our Fleets for the Future page.
Federal Tax Credit
Car buyers can take advantage of a federal tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500 for battery and plug-in electric vehicles.
Clean Diesel Grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award $40 million in Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) funding this year. EPA's Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington) will accept proposals requesting up to $900,000 in grant funds.
The DERA Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program is intended to fund projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure, especially in areas with poor air quality.
Proposals are due June 12, 2018. To learn more, visit the EPA's website.
Advanced Transportation Technologies Grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is making $60 million available in grants to states, cities and other public agencies for new technologies that improve transportation efficiency and safety.
The FHWA is particularly interested in projects that bring data together from different systems, such as real-time traveler information, traffic data collection, integrated corridor management, and other intelligent transportation system technologies.
Applications are due June 18, 2018. To learn more, visit the FHWA's website.