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Green transportation describes many types of mobility that conserve energy, increase efficiency, and use clean and renewable alternative fuels. The transition from fossil fuels-gasoline and diesel-is well underway. Washington consumers and fleets increasingly use alternative fuels-such as clean electricity, biofuels, and renewable fuels-for moving people and goods.

This is especially true for public fleets. The Washington legislature has set ambitious goals and provides a variety of grants and incentives to support green transportation at all levels of government. The WSU Energy Program maintains this Green Transportation website to provide unbiased, up-to-date education and technical assistance to support the transition of public fleets to cleaner fuels.

 

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We periodically add new information and resources to support your goals of adding electric vehicles or alt fuels to your fleet.

State electrification study reveals cost-effective paths to fleet electrification

In this report from the Washington Joint Transportation Committee, the study team evaluated the electrification potential for nearly 29,000 publicly owned vehicles operated by state agencies, school districts, and transit agencies. The outcome of the analysis was favorable for EVs, revealing several cost-effective pathways to widespread electrification by 2035.

Atlas Public Policy, which led this electrification study team, created a Dashboard for Rapid Vehicle Electrification (DRVE). With this Excel-based tool, users can compare their fleet’s conventional vehicles with an electric vehicle alternative to help determine the financial viability and environmental impact of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle fleet procurements across an entire fleet.

Policy Updates

Transportation Bill Tracker (3-15-21) - provided by Michael Breish, WA Dept. of Commerce This tracking tool provides a summary and status of transportation-related bills making their way through the Washington State Legislature. Updates will be posted here as they become available.

Tesla competitor Rivian backs bill to open up Washington to electric vehicle direct sales
Washington State Wire
Rivian, a California-based Tesla competitor, is backing legislation that would allow “direct sales” of EVs in Washington. If this legislation passes, Rivian and other EV manufacturers could sell vehicles directly to customers without working through franchise auto dealerships.

Shell Says Hydrogen is Heavy Transport’s Future. What Now for Biofuels?
Green Tech Media
A Deloitte report commissioned by Shell finds that the heavy-freight sector is increasingly planning for a switch to hydrogen.

All EVs by 2035? Report Shows Roadblocks
E&E News
This study, an update by the California Energy Commission on the state's EV charging needs, is the first to try to game out the implications of Gov. Gavin Newsom's earthshaking order to ban the sale of internal-combustion engines by 2035.

Georgia Tech Team Develops AI to Read EV Charging Station Reviews to Find Infrastructure Gaps
Green Car Congress
A team from Georgia Tech has developed an AI that can analyze user reviews of electric vehicle charging stations, allowing it accurately to identify places where there are insufficient or out-of-service stations.

Could Battery Health Reports Rescue An Ailing Used EV Market?
Green Car Reports
Tech-startup Recurrent offers vehicle reports for used electric cars. Recurrent produces reports that attest to battery condition in individual cars and provides insights about mileage and climate, and how charging habits are related to range and battery life.

Accelerating the Electric Vehicle Transition
Rocky Mountain Institute
Electrifying transportation network company ride-hailing vehicles is critical to accelerating the EV transition. Analyzing 100 million miles of electric and gasoline ridehailing vehicle data, this report offers recommendations to address three key barriers to implementation: technological capability, financial competitiveness, and charging infrastructure.

Proterra Set to Take Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Business Public via SPAC Transaction
Green Tech Media
Proterra makes EV transit buses, plus drivetrains, batteries and charging systems for growing heavy-duty electric transport market.

Inslee Announces Bold Climate Policy for Washington's 2021-2023 Budget
South Seattle Emerald
Governor Jay Inslee released a package of new climate change policies that will continue to push for cleaner fuel standards and limit greenhouse-gas emissions.

Washington State Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose in 2018 Due to Transportation
The Seattle Times
Increased pollution from transportation drove emissions higher in 2018 (the latest year that totals are available).

Electric Car Battery Pack Prices Fell 89% in Just 10 Years
CNET
Battery packs for electric cars checked off a milestone in 2020. For the first time, prices slid under $100 per kilowatt hour, and thorough analysis shows prices fell 89% in just 10 years.

Electric Vehicle Models Expected to Triple in 4 Years as Declining Battery Costs Boost Adoption
Utility Dive
The number of electric vehicle models available to consumers is expected to more than triple in the next three years, from roughly 40 to 127 in the U.S. as battery prices fall, charging infrastructure spreads and adoption rises.

US Fleets Cautious About Adopting Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology
Transport Topics
Hydrogen fuel cell technology will likely roll out in heavy-duty trucks over the next five years, but hurdles remain before U.S. motor carriers will adopt them beyond small numbers of test vehicles.

To Boost Emissions Reductions from Electric Vehicles, Know When to Charge
MIT News
MIT researchers developed a novel EV emissions model to quantify the importance of vehicle charging patterns and impact of ambient temperature on EV emissions levels.

 

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