Electric Vehicle (EV) Stations in Washington

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Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations in Washington

Find electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in communities across Washington. Find a local station when you need to charge your electric car. Compare Washington EV charging stations and find one that suits your needs.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Incentives in Washington

Tax incentives and/or other incentives for drivers of electric vehicles in WA.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Emissions Inspection Exemption

AFVs powered exclusively by electric, natural gas, and propane vehicles are exempt from state emissions control inspections. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that obtain a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy rating of at least 50 miles per gallon during city driving are also exempt from these inspections. (Reference Revised Code of Washington 46.16A.060)

Medium-Speed and Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) Definition and Access to Roadways

NEVs and medium-speed electric vehicles are defined as self-propelled, electrically powered four-wheeled motor vehicles. NEVs may reach speeds of at least 20 miles per hour (mph) but not more than 25 mph. Medium-speed electric vehicles may reach speeds of at least 25 mph but not more than 35 mph. NEVs and medium-speed electric vehicles must be in compliance with the national safety standards in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 571.500. NEVs are permitted on roads having speed limits of up to 35 mph. Medium-speed electric vehicles are permitted on roads having speed limits of up to 45 mph in counties consisting of islands that are only connected to the mainland by ferry routes. (Reference Revised Code of Washington 46.04.295, 46.04.357, 46.61.723, and 46.61.725)

State Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Infrastructure Availability

Publicly and privately owned PEVs may charge at state office locations if the vehicles are used for state business, conducting business with the state, or as commuter vehicles. Additionally, contingent upon funding, the state must install electrical outlets suitable for charging PEVs in each of the state's fleet parking and maintenance facilities as well as every state-operated highway rest stop. The Washington Department of Enterprise Services may report to the governor and the legislature on the amount of electricity consumed and the number of PEVs using state-owned charging equipment if it represents a significant cost to the state. (Reference Revised Code of Washington 43.01.250, 43.19.648, and 47.38.075)

Electric Drive Vehicle Fee

All-electric vehicle owners must pay an annual fee of $150 in addition to standard registration fees. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with an all-electric range of at least 30 miles are subject to a fee of $75. Hybrid electric vehicles are subject to a fee of $75. (Reference Revised Code of Washington 46.17.323-324)

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Road User Assessment System Pilot

The Washington Transportation Commission (Commission) studied the feasibility of transitioning from a fuel tax to a road user assessment system in the state. In 2012, the Commission conducted a limited scope pilot project to test the feasibility of this new system as it applies to PEVs. For the results of this evaluation, see the Washington State Department of Transportation report. The Commission began a year-long pilot project in fall 2017. On January 13, 2020, the Commission submitted a report of findings and recommendations to the governor, state legislature, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The state legislature directed the Commission to further study aspects of the road usage charge program. For more information, see the Commission Road Usage Charge Assessment website.

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Signage and Parking Regulations

A public PEV charging station is defined as a public parking space that is served by charging equipment. Public PEV charging stations must have vertical signage that identifies the station and indicates that it is only for PEV charging. The signage must be consistent with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration's Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

By 2023, all public PEV charging stations must also display all charges and fees associated with operation. Any person who parks a vehicle in a public PEV charging station parking space and does not connect to the equipment is subject to a fine of $124.

By 2023, the Department of Agriculture must adopt rules requiring electric vehicle service providers (EVSP) to meet interoperability standards and offer multiple payment methods at public PEV charging stations. EVSPs must report inventory and payment information to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory annually. EVSE installed before January 1, 2024 are exempt from the rules until January 1, 2034.

(Reference House Bill 1287, 2021, Senate Bill 5192, 2021, and Revised Code of Washington 46.08.185)

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Retail Sales and Use Tax Exemption

The retail sales and state use tax of 6.5% does not apply to the sale or lease of new or used passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger AFVs. AFVs powered by natural gas, propane, hydrogen, and electricity are eligible. Vehicles must not have a selling price plus trade-in property value that exceeds $45,000 for new vehicles and $30,000 for used vehicles. The maximum eligible amount for used purchased or leased vehicles is $16,000. The maximum eligible amounts for new purchased or leased vehicles are as follows:

Newly Purchases or Leased YearMaximum Amount
Through July 31, 2021$25,000
August 1, 2021 - July 31 2023$20,000
August 1, 2023 - July 31 2025$15,000

For more information, see the Renewable Energy/Green Incentives section of Washington Department of Revenue's Incentives Programs website.

(Reference Revised Code of Washington 82.12.9999)

Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Charging Study Incentive - Tacoma Public Utility (TPU)

TPU is conducting a study to understand the charging patterns for residential PEVs. In exchange for completion of surveys about PEV charging and use, TPU customers may be eligible for an up to $250 incentive per year. Eligible residential customers must own or lease a PEV and own their own charging equipment. For more information, see the TPU EV Charging Study website.

Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Tax Exemption

Beginning July 1, 2022, 50% of the retail sales and state use tax of 6.5% does not apply to the sale or lease of the first 650 new FCEV passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles powered by fuel cells. Additionally, all used FCEV sales and leases are exempt from the tax. The FCEV exemption may not be combined with the Retail Sales and Use tax Exemption (Reference Senate Bill 5000, 2021)

Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate - Snohomish Public Utility District

Snohomish Public Utility District offers residential customers a $500 rebate for the purchase and installation of qualified Level 2 EVSE. For more information, see the PUD Electric Vehicle website.

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