What's up with the state of Washington's commitment to electric vehicles? It's a place where you can find fast charging stations and coffeehouses galore, but the state has backed away from offering incentives and requirements for zero emission vehicles according to Green Car Reports.

Oregon, and a few other states, has adopted California's zero-emission vehicle regulations. Implementing ZEV requirements has brought new plug-in electric vehicles to these states first, so that automakers may meet demand for what's been called "compliance cars." The District of Columbia and the states of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Mexico are set to adopt their own ZEV mandates.

Washington has taken on the California Air Resources Board's emissions rules, but left out the ZEV requirements. This means that consumers living in Washington have less EV choices at their local dealerships, since automakers are rolling out their new ZEV offerings first to states with compliance mandates.

Automakers assert that they're not controlled by ZEV mandates, but they do tend to launch new EVs in compliance states. Residents of California and Oregon get to check out the new products long before neighbors to the north in Washington, such as the Honda Fit EV, Fiat 500E and Toyota RAV4 EV. Chevrolet asserts that its upcoming Spark EV isn't being built as a compliance car, but it is initially only being delivered to a few select states, so you do the math. Fiat admits it is going to lose money on every 500E sold, so the project is more of an investment in meeting compliance rules than bringing EVs to many consumers.


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      Ele Truk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not to mention, Washington State also passed an additional $100 per year EV "fee" to "compensate" the state for lost revenues from not using gas. This short sighted law will cost more to administrate than it will receive in revenues for several years. So not only does the state not follow California's ZEV mandates, but it also passes disincentives to buy an EV. Of course it currently does waive sales tax on EVs, so we have that for a couple more years.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ele Truk
        Before everyone starts automatically blaming the Republicans for this bill again, like they do every time it comes up, 4 of the 5 sponsors for the Senate bill are Democrats. The Representative who introduced it to the House is a Democrat, and the governor who signed the bill into law is a Democrat.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          There is nothing wrong with such a charge. I think it is quite fair to charge EV owners a small annual amount since they do get to use the roads w/o paying state gas taxes.
          Actionable Mango
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Everyone pays taxes for the roads **even if they don't have cars at all**. Many people seem to think that if you aren't paying gas tax, you're a freeloader, which is incorrect.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dope'll do that.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some residents in Oregon were able to buy Think City cars for an effective cost of $8K after the Federal tax-credit due to the ZEV requirement. What an amazing deal. They pretty much got free cars since those cars will save more than $8K of gasoline costs over their lifetimes. There will probably be some really good deals in Oregon on the US-built Leaf, Chevy Spark, Mitsubishi-i, Ford Focus Electric and other pure EVs as the auto makers need to get ZEV credits.
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      "but the state has backed away from offering incentives" What the hell are you talking about? We waive the taxes on EVs, which amounts to about 11%. That's a pretty big incentive! Also, EVs are exempt from emissions testing, which saves even more money and hassle.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        Exempt from emissions testing? That is hardly a benefit. Should a person with EV be force to go to a smog test station and watch the smog testing guy look for a tailpipe?
      atc98092
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm leaving this state after living here my whole life (I'm 58). This state can't figure out how to do anything without raising taxes. That's probably why they are backing away from this. There's no money without taking it from something else, and this state will not give up on any existing program. Oh, except maybe adequately funding schools. I've had it.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @atc98092
        My favorite is the SR167 hot lane toll, which brings in about 50% of the amount of money it takes to administer the SR167 toll system in the first place. In other words, not only does the tolling system not bring in any net gains, the taxpayers have to subsidize it. In other other words, WA taxpayers are subsidizing rich single occupant vehicles using the carpool lane. While all the poor people who cannot afford to pay the toll just to save a few minutes are stuck in congestion.
          atc98092
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Well, your information is out of date. The HOT lanes have been paying their way since early this year. I use those lanes every day coming home in the afternoon (I am early enough in the morning the lanes are't in use). I don't consider myself rich, and I don't drive a Lexus or BMW. But I am willing to pay for the privliege to use them as a single occupant.
          Actionable Mango
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Well that's great news then. I don't have to subsidize you any more.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @atc98092
        But taking away money from others raises the standard of living, creates jobs, helps old ladies cross the street. See, it is like this ATC (I have to explain it in terms people can understand). Imagine you have a pool, and you want to raise the level of the pool. If you take water from the deep end, and put it in the shallow end, then the entire level of the pool goes up! See how that works?
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          EZEE? Using sarcasm? Never!
          atc98092
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I'm not sure if you're agreeing with or mocking me, but I'm a conservative like you, and your pool analogy is exactly the way this state thinks. If that was satire, I agree. My mind is just not running on all cylinders right now with some issues at home.
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it is a benefit. I hate going to emissions testing, losing half a Saturday, paying $25 (no credit cards accepted), waiting in line, everyone leaving their cars idling, making a copy of the results, and mailing it in. Not having to do that sounds like a benefit to EV owners.
      atc98092
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hee hee. They don't even look for a tailpipe any more. They just plug into the OBDII port and poll the computer for proper operation. I think they still test the gas cap for a tight seal as well.
      cashforcars
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! This is really amazing informative material. http://www.wewillbuyyourcar.com/
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Recession happened.. gas prices went down.. less people buying new cars.. bad timing for EVs right now :(
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Actually, new car sales are up over last year. In the northeast, they're up double digits as people replace cars destroyed in Sandy.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        The economy is roaring back. This is why gas prices are high.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Oh! Can we drill in Alaska now? :D
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          Gas prices have been dropping lately. Of course it is all relative . . . no where near $2/gallon but those days are long gone (unless we have another meltdown). If you consider current prices 'high' it is only because that is the new normal. It is much more expensive to frack the wells of North Dakota that deplete pretty quick. It is just not the same as the cheap conventional oil from SpindleTop, the Alaskan North slope, Cantarell, Ghawar, the North Sea, etc.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          They can and do drill all over Alaska. Did you know there is a dedicated piece of land actually called the National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska? I bet you've never even heard of it. There just happens to be section called the Alaskan National WILDLIFE REFUGE and even though the drillers got their own huge piece of land called the National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska, that is not enough for them. They want their own piece and they want the piece set aside for wildlife. You know . . . when you are down to crying over a little piece land that was reserved for wildlife then maybe the problem is the insatiable demand for oil, not this little piece of oil rig free land?
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