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Washington State sets 2030 EV target with grid updates in mind

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Washington State lawmakers just passed legislation that, if it becomes law, would require all new passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in 2030 and after to be electric. The goal is ambitious, besting California’s similar target by a full half-decade. The Washington legislation is not yet law: The amendment to an existing transportation bill was passed by the state legislature but has yet to be okayed by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee. However, the state governor has stated that he’s on board. 

Depending on how the electricity is produced, hitting this target could dramatically cut Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions. As it stands now, transportation makes up almost half of the state’s carbon emissions. 

The road to mass EV adoption, however, is far from simple. More electricity consumption, especially via fast-charging stations, will tax the grid. Luckily, the legislation proposes a publicly available mapping and forecasting tool that would sketch out future charging infrastructure, allowing utilities to plan necessary changes. 

For the past decade, commentators have wondered with nervous anticipation how utilities would adopt to our EV future. It seems we’re about to find out.



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