Per capita, Washington has the fourth-most public charging stations for electric vehicles in the country.
Whether it’s generated from inexpensive Washington hydropower or from more traditional energy sources, electricity is increasingly being used to power our transportation needs. By converting power from the electricity grid to a vehicle’s battery, electric vehicles, also known as EVs, produce no emissions “at the tailpipe.” And EVs are up to three times more energy efficient than their gasoline-powered cousins!
Vehicles that use electricity are generally categorized into two groups: all-electric and plug-in hybrids. While all-electric vehicles run solely on a charged battery, plug-in hybrids combine electricity with another fuel, like gasoline, to increase range. But thanks to Washington’s clean energy, operating an all-electric vehicle results in fewer emissions than driving any other car – even the most fuel-efficient hybrids.
Member Fleets Using Electricity
- City of Bellevue
- City of Kirkland
- City of Mercer Island
- City of Seattle
- City of Tacoma
- King County
- Kitsap County
- Port of Seattle
- Puget Sound Energy
- Snohomish County
- Snohomish Public Utilities
- Tacoma Public Utilities
- Thurston County
- University of Washington
- Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
- Washington State Parks
- Washington State Department of Transportation
As more and more drivers choose electric, having the convenience of charging at work is increasingly an important consideration.
How do you get started? We've collected best practices, case studies and other resources to show how any organization can make the commitment to provide workplace charging.
- The Carbon-Free City Handbook
This resource from the Rocky Mountain Institute contains 22 recommendations for “no-regrets actions” to help cities reduce their climate footprint, including a chapter on Transportation and Mobility.
- Clean Cities Publications
The national Clean Cities program provides hundreds of publications about a wide range of electric topics. Their user-friendly search tool makes it easy to find brochures, fact sheets, conference papers, presentations, and case studies. These wide ranges of offerings also touch on vehicles, infrastructure, fleet adoption, and many other topics surrounding electrification.
- Clean Cities 2016 Vehicle Buyer's Guide
- Clean Cities Guide to Alternative Fuel and Advanced Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
- Guide to Lessons Learned from the Clean Cities Community Electric Vehicle Readiness Projects
- Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook for Electrical Contractors
- Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook for Fleet Managers
- Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook for Workplace Charging Hosts
- Costs Associated With Non-Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment
- Electric Vehicle Charger Selection Guide
The California Energy Commission's guide helps site hosts and others learn about, evaluate, and compare the features of available electric vehicle charging equipment.
- Washington State Department of Commerce: Electric Drive Washington
Washington State has a goal of registering 50,000 plug-in electric vehicles by 2020. This website provides useful links for Washington’s public fleets, including relevant EV policies, tips for EV planning, EVs and infrastructure options on the state contract, and more.
- West Coast Electric Fleets (WCEF)
An initiative to accelerate a low-carbon economy on the West Coast. WCEF has invaluable resources covering all aspects of fleet electrification. Their Resource Library & Navigator includes cost calculators, case studies, research reports, planning guides, and many other tools.
- Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC)
A comprehensive clearinghouse of information, data and tools from the US Department of Energy, to help fleets and other transportation decision makers understand alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures. This resource offers up-to-date information about the state of electric vehicle technology today, including benefits and considerations, vehicle availability, and incentives. It also has a great station locator tool that helps users locate electric vehicle infrastructure in every part of the country.
- City of Seattle Spotlight: Electrification is the Future of Fleets (January 2018)
The City of Seattle began greening its fleet in the late 1990s with compressed natural gas and in the early 2000s with Toyota Prius hybrids. Today, its fleet has 100 all-electric vehicles, 65 plug-in hybrids, and over 500 conventional hybrids. This “member spotlight” from Western Washington Clean Cities highlights the City’s journey, and how going electric has improved the City's bottom line.
- Seattle Rideshare Fleet Adds EVs, Enjoys Success (May 2014)
Since 1979, Seattle-based King County Metro Rideshare Operations has managed the largest publicly owned and operated commuter van program in the nation. The organization introduced its first all-electric vehicles--20 Nissan Leafs--into its 1,300-vehicle revenue fleet in 2011.
- Regional Charging Infrastructure for Plug-In Electric Vehicles: A Case Study of Massachusetts (January 2017)
This analysis of regional plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) infrastructure was conducted to provide guidance on charging infrastructure for PEVs to regional stakeholders in Massachusetts.
- Oregon Leads the Charge for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure (October 2017)
Oregon is coordinating many activities and developing processes to facilitate successful, widespread deployment of electric vehicles.
- Drive Electric Northern Colorado: Establishing an EV Accelerator Community (September 2017)
This case study describes how Northern Colorado became one of the first communities to launch a comprehensive and successful effort to deploy electric vehicles.
The following colleges offer training and certification in automotive technology and maintenance, including electric drive systems: