A REVIEW OF PUBLIC FLEETS IN WASHINGTON STATE ON JUNE 1, 2018, THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF PUBLIC FLEET ELECTRIFICATION LAW
I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Washington Law requires that all vehicles owned by cities, counties, school districts, and other local public entities in the state run solely on electricity or biofuel by June 1, 2018, “to the extent practicable.” Washington State government’s deadline to achieve the same goal was June 1, 2015. The law mandating use of electricity or biofuel in public vehicles, RCW 43.19.648, was first signed into law by Governor Gregoire in 2007. This white paper provides an overview of Washington State’s on-road, non-transit public fleets as of June 1, 2018, the date that RCW 43.19.648 goes into full effect; reviews progress and obstacles concerning implementation of the law; and sets forth recommendations for citizens and governments seeking to improve the law’s effectiveness.