Public Fleet Success in Green Transportation

Washington has set ambitious goals for using energy more efficiently and decarbonizing the energy that is used. Switching to vehicles that use zero-emission fuel whenever possible is a key step toward the goal of decarbonizing energy sources. Washington is leading this effort by adding EVs to public fleets.

In addition to the resources provided below, the Green Transportation team is available to help your fleet plan and implement steps toward cleaner, greener transportation options. If you would like more information or assistance, please email us.

On this page you will find:

Milestones for Electrifying Public Fleets

This guide from the WSU Energy Program is designed to help public entities plan and implement steps to add EVs to their fleets now and in the future.

Available Zero-Emission Public Vehicles

The Washington State Department of Ecology is providing $16.3 million to transition publicly or tribally owned street sweepers, refuse vehicles, freight switcher locomotives, and port cargo handling equipment to zero emission vehicles. We provide the following webcasts from equipment manufacturers to help potential grant applicants evaluate their equipment options.

  • Electric sweepers
    • Global Environmental–M4 Electric Walk-Around Video (19 min 26 sec)

      This M4 Electric Walk-Around Video provides an overview of the Global M4 Electric 100% Plug-In Class 7 Heavy-Duty street sweeper—the first 100% Class 7 Heavy-Duty street sweeper in the world, and available in M3 Three-Wheel and M4 Four-Wheel.

      Contact for questions and more details:
      Scott S. Smits:, 800-456-7886
  • Electric yard trucks

Resources for School Bus Fleets

These resources provide insights and guidance to help schools electrify their bus fleets.

Tesla EVs: Meeting the Use Case of Emergency & Law Enforcement Vehicles

This factsheet includes real-world performance data and O&M costs of Tesla vehicles compared to traditional vehicles in the demanding settings of law enforcement and emergency response.

WA Public Sector Alternative Fuel Vehicle Policy

This selective summary of public-sector authority and policy directives was prepared by Peter Moulton, WA Department of Commerce. It does not include budget provisos, preferential tax treatments, or other incentives.

WA Fleet Transitions to EVs

The WA Department of Enterprise Services (DES) manages about half of Washington state agencies’ vehicle fleet. DES supports greater use of EVs and spearheads installation of new charging stations at state facilities by offering many resources that public agencies will find valuable.

Available Electric Fire Apparatus Options

E-ONE Vector Electric Fire Truck (27:35 min)


Pierce Manufacturing – Volterra Fire Equipment (19:20 min



Rosenbauer fire truckRT Electric Fire Truck from Rosenbauer America

LAFD RTX Electric Fire Truck with Diesel Range Extender from Rosenbauer America (7:44 min)



EVs and EV Charging

Frequently Asked Questions: Electric Vehicles prepared by the Green Transportation Program



Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Models: Whether you are interested in all-electric or hybrid vehicles, these Forth Mobility guides will help you find the plug-in vehicle that is right for you.


Use PlugShare to find the public EV charging station locations near you, including types of stations, networks and costs.

PlugStar, a service of Plug-In America, provides consumer support including an online shopping assistant, vehicle specs, incentives info, charging data, and dealer information.

Frequently Asked Questions: EV Charging Equipment prepared by the Green Transportation Program


This planning guide by the U.S. DOE Clean Cities Program describes the costs for installing, owning, and operating EV supply equipment (EVSE) in commercial/fleet settings.


Developing Infrastructure to Charge Plug-In Electric Vehicles—Provided by the Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center Studies, U.S. Department of Energy

EV Charging in the Public Right-of-Way—Provided by the Seattle Dept. of Transportation

EV Operations

Electric Vehicle Safety Training Resources– Important information from the National Fire Protection Association about making first responders aware of the hazards involved with EVs.


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