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In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed legislation (HB 1160 and HB 2042) directing the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program to establish and administer a technical assistance and education program for public agencies on the use of alternative fuels and vehicles. Education and assistance may be provided to public agencies, including cities, counties, transit agencies, school districts, colleges and universities, utilities and PUDs, tribes, ports, and other state political subdivisions.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Green Transportation Program, please send us an email.


Current Funding Opportunities

Workplace charging

Beginning in September, the Washington Department of Ecology will provide about $2,250,000 on a competitive basis to install Level 2 and direct current (DC) fast charging equipment at government-owned facilities in Washington for workplace charging for employees. Eligible applicants include State, City, and County governments in Washington. Ecology will pay the lessor of up to:

  • $9,000 per dual-head Level 2 charger or up to 60% of eligible costs.
  • $30,000 per dual-head DC fast charger or up to 60% of eligible costs.

The maximum amount for an individual grant award is $200,000.
Grant period open: September 4 - November 7, 2019
Click here for more details and an introduction to the Ecology grants portal.

School buses

Beginning October 17, the Washington Department of Ecology will provide about $12,000,000 statewide to help school districts buy all-electric school buses. To help pay for the cost difference between electric and diesel buses, Ecology will provide up to $325,000 per electric bus. Grant recipients may elect to use up to $50,000 of the $325,000 grant to help pay for the associated electric charging infrastructure.

Grant period open: October 17 - December 12, 2019
Click here for more details and an introduction to the Ecology grants portal.

Transit

Coming this fall, the WSDOT Public Transportation Division will post a Green Transportation Capital Grant Program to fund zero emission vehicles for public transit agencies. Our current understanding of the program indicates these will be grants to qualified transit agencies for electrification of vehicle fleets, including battery and fuel cell electric vehicles; modification or replacement of capital facilities in order to facilitate fleet electrification and/or hydrogen refueling; necessary upgrades to electrical transmission and distribution systems; and/or construction of charging and fueling stations.

Click here for more details and an introduction to the WSDOT Public Transportation grants portal.

Electrification of Transportation

The Electrification of Transportation Systems Program is part of the Clean Energy Fund (CEF) Program administered by the Washington Department of Commerce. This fund will provide grants to Washington local governments and retail electric utilities for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The timeline and requirements for the Program are under development.

Click here to learn more about this program.

Upcoming Events

Alternative Fuel-Vehicle Technical Assistance Group (AFV-TAG)
When: Friday, September 20, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Where: Washington Department of Commerce, 1011 Plum St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Columbia Room (1st Floor)

National Drive Electric Week 2019
September 14 - 22, 2019
More Details

Alternative Fuel-Vehicle Technical Assistance Group (AFV-TAG)
When: Friday, November 20, 2019, from 9:00 a.m to Noon
Where: Washington Department of Commerce, 1011 Plum St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Columbia Room (1st Floor)

The 33rd International Electric Vehicles .Symposium & Exposition
(featuring Forth Roadmap 13)
When: June 14 - 17, 2020
Where: Portland, OR
More Details

Resources

Washington has been a leader in the development of electric transportation, due in large part to our clean electricity and the innovative spirit of its residents and public leadership. Here are some of the programs and agencies with information to share.

West Coast Electric Highways

Washington Department of Enterprise Services

Washington Department of Commerce

Western Washington Clean Cities

Electric Washington

Forth Mobility

Plug-In America

Coast Electric Fleets

Electric Vehicles Registrations by County

Tools

See below for some tools that can help you evaluate a switch to electric vehicles.

Western Washington Clean Cities published an excellent guide to help you Join the EVolution
http://www.wwcleancities.org/DocumentCenter/View/3584/Welcome-to-the-EVolution-The-Future-of-Cars-is-Here-PDF

Whether all-electric or hybrid, find the plug-in vehicle that is right for you
https://forthmobility.org/showcase/ev-models/

On-line shopping assistance is available from PlugStar, a service of Plug-In America
https://plugstar.com/

Find EV Charging Stations – Use PlugShare
https://www.plugshare.com/

 

Washington State University Energy Program
360-956-2000
greentransportation@energy.wsu.edu


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