Washington State Plans to Phase Out ICEs by 2030
March 30, 2022—A newly signed bill in Washington mandates all new cars sold in the state after 2030 to be electric.
The bill, which was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee last week, is part of the state's "Move Ahead Washington" transportation package. According to a report from CNBC, the $16.9 billion package was developed to promote the creation of "more efficient" transit options.
"Transportation is our state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. There is no way to talk about climate change without talking about transportation," Inslee said per the report. "This package will move us away from the transportation system our grandparents imagined and towards the transportation system our grandchildren dream of."
Per the bill, the state's interagency council on EVs has been directed to create "a scoping plan for achieving the 2030 target" by the end of next year.
The package is also paving the way for the state to install thousands of EV charges, four new hybrid-electric ferries and more than two dozen statewide electrification projects.
According to a post on Medium attributed to Gov. Inslee, the legislation was made possible by a new "cap-and-invest" program, which will charge companies for each ton of greenhouse gas they create. Up until last year, when the program was passed, most of the state's transportation budget came from its gas tax, and a provision in the Washington state constitution mandates that all gas tax revenue be spent specifically on "highways and highway-related programs."
“Thanks to the Climate Commitment Act passed last year, our cap-and-invest program is providing billions of dollars that we can use to equitably turn the cost of carbon pollution into low- and no-carbon transportation options,” Inslee said. “This is a plan that finally allows us to build for our future.”
The plan is estimated to create around 2,400 jobs each year.