Washington State Decided To End Sales Of Gasoline Cars
Washington State is setting a goal to end the sales of gasoline cars by 2030. The state legislature has already taken necessary steps to end the sale of internal-combustion cars and trucks.
A new initiative under Clean Cars 2030
The state legislature has developed its supplemental transportation budget and included it under HB 1204 and SB 5256. It is popularly known as Clean Cars 2030. This initiative would shift policy toward a goal to build a green city. According to the legislation, the inhabitants of the state have to buy electric vehicles. The legislative decision will be starting with the 2030 model year. Furthermore, the state has decided to exclude vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds. All these initiatives promote that the sale of gasoline cars are going to reduce.
The state initiative to pass the bill
Last year the state authority has proposed a similar bill. However, at that time Washington Governor Jay Inslee voted against the bill. He expressed the opposite view and claimed that it has tied to a road-usage charge.
According to the state statement, “A target is established for the state that all publicly owned and privately owned passenger and light-duty vehicles of the model year 2030 or later that are sold, purchased, or registered in Washington state be electric vehicles.” It also stated, “On or before December 31, 2023, the interagency electric vehicle coordinating council created in section 428 of this act shall complete a scoping plan for achieving the 2030 target.”
New era towards electrical vehicles
Now the Clean Cars 2030 concept became popular and authority is planning to prepare for 100% electrification in the transport system. Furthermore, a number of private-sector companies are investing in charging infrastructure. So, the government should take the necessary steps to raise the grid capacity to meet the extra demand for more EVs.
Earlier California has planned to end sales of new internal-combustion vehicles by 2035. California was the first state that passed such a bill to make a clean state for its inhabitants. Washington recently introduced the Rhode Island legislature. So, the experts are expecting that Washington initiate can be a model for other states in the absence of federal leadership.