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Washington State legislature passes 2030 target for phasing out sales of new gasoline vehicles

It’s the most aggressive goal in the U.S. and five years ahead of California’s 2035 target

Olympia, Wash.—The Washington legislature voted to set a target for ending the sales of gasoline-powered cars by 2030 — the most aggressive goal in the U.S. and five years ahead of California’s 2035 target. The measure, passed as part of the $16.9 billion “Move Ahead Washington” transportation package, now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for signature.

Clean Cars 2030 will:

  • Put Washington on the road to powering its vehicles with locally-produced electricity that is cleaner and cheaper than gasoline.
  • Spur a comprehensive planning process for Washington to get ready for 100 percent vehicle electrification.
  • Clarify for local governments, automakers, charging companies, utilities, investors, landlords, and workplaces the direction of the state’s EV market.
  • Incentivize private-sector investment in new EVs and charging stations. 
  • Increase opportunities for Washingtonians to save money on gasoline.
  • Reduce the cost and uncertainty of dependence on foreign sources of oil.
  • Reduce carbon emissions and air pollution and the threat they pose to air, water, and health. 

A coalition led by Coltura, a nonprofit focused on phasing out the use of gasoline, spearheaded the campaign that led to the passage of the measure.

Research commissioned by Coltura and conducted by Yale University, George Mason University, and Climate Nexus found 55 percent of voters nationally support a full phaseout of gasoline cars starting in 2030. Bolstered by its success in Washington, Coltura is leading coalitions working to pass similar Clean Cars 2030 measures in other states. Earlier this week a Clean Cars 2030 bill was introduced in the Rhode Island legislature.

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