The Washington legislature has voted to set a target for ending the sales of gasoline-powered cars by 2030. That’s the most aggressive goal of any US state so far, and five years ahead of California’s 2035 target. The measure, passed as part of the $16.9-billion Move Ahead Washington transportation package, will now go to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk. (The Governor vetoed a similar bill in May 2021 because of an amendment that tied the EV goal to a road usage charge.)
A coalition led by Coltura, a nonprofit focused on phasing out the use of gasoline, directed the campaign that led to the passage of the measure. In 2017, Matthew Metz, founder and Co-Executive Director of Coltura, published an op-ed praising a bill that called for a 2040 ICE phase-out in California, and calling for Washington state to follow suit. “Crazy” was one of the kinder words used in the media reaction that followed. A few years later, some 25 countries and several US states had announced plans for phase-outs, and the idea no longer seemed so crazy.
According to Coltura, Clean Cars 2030 will spur a comprehensive planning process for Washington to get ready for 100% vehicle electrification, clarify the direction of the state’s EV market for local governments, automakers and other stakeholders, and incentivize private-sector investment in EVs and infrastructure.
“With the passage of Clean Cars 2030, the era of gasoline-powered cars now has an end date in Washington,” said Metz. “Clean Cars 2030 sets Washington on a nation-leading path toward a fully-electric automotive future.”
“Passing Clean Cars 2030 will create a clear path forward for the future of the electric vehicle transition in our state,” said Senator Marko Liias, one of the bill’s sponsors. “This part of our Move Ahead Washington plan will create a timeline with the data, tools and guidelines that every sector from governments to businesses can plan for with confidence.”
Coltura is also working to pass similar Clean Cars 2030 measures in other states. A Clean Cars 2030 bill was recently introduced in the Rhode Island legislature.