Given the existential threat posed by global warming, governments worldwide have committed to implementing measures to curb climate change. As a result of the Paris accord of 2015 and the recent COP 26, eliminating fossil fuels and adopting clean, renewable energy is inevitable.
In light of the preceding, Washington state has put incentives to encourage the shift to electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The goal is to attain the 100% electric vehicles mark by 2040.
Below, we discuss the Washington state EV incentives aimed at achieving the renewable energy goal. We have divided this section into two sections:
- State incentives are available all over Washington state and
- Private rebates, which the state awards depending on the location.
Here below, we outline several Washington State EV incentives available to everyone.
Alternative Fueling Framework Grant Program
The Washington State Transportation Department (WSDOT) extends competitive reliefs to reinforce and enlarge West Coast Green Highway nexus. The department achieves this objective by employing hydrogen fueling equipment, fast direct current EV chargers, and level two EV chargers along the Washington highways. The state also gives federal EV tax credits.
The project costs that qualify for this grant include
- Siting costs
- Project equipment costs
- Equipment installation costs
- Equipment maintenance costs
- Electrical upgrades and
- Operation costs
To get more information on the grant application process and funding, kindly visit: https://wsdot.wa.gov/business-wsdot/grants/zero-emission-vehicle-grants
Regulation on Exemption on EV Charging
The commission will exempt entities supplying electric vehicle equipment to the general public from regulation. These regulation exemptions apply to their facilities, practices, services, and rates.
The said exemptions, however, do not apply to entities whose battery a regulated service already subsidizes charging services and facilities. Likewise, entities already subject to the commission’s jurisdiction as electric companies do not qualify for the exemption.
Tax Credit on Electric Vehicle, FCEV Framework, and Battery
This section concerns electric car tax credits extended under the Washington State EV incentives. The state has exempted public land for installing, operating, and maintaining EV chargers from excise and leasehold taxes. In addition, the following goods and services are exempt from state use and sales taxes:
- FCEV fuel cells and batteries.
- EV fuel cells and batteries.
- Services and labor for installing, altering, improving, or repairing FCEV and PEV batteries and fuel cells.
- Services and labor for installing, altering, improving, or repairing FCEV and EV infrastructure.
- Sales of zero carbon emission buses and
- Sales of property utilized for hydrogen and PEV fueling infrastructure.
Carshare Grant On Zero Carbon Emission Vehicles (ZEV)
The Washington State Transportation Department (WSDOT) administers the Zero Carbon-emissions Access Facility (ZAP). Under the Washington State EV incentives, the ZAP grant funds zero carbon-emissions carshare programs. The ZAP program grants local governments and not-for-profit organizations in low-income, middle-income, and underserved communities to create and operate a zero carbon-emissions carshare program.
The goal of the ZAP grant is to widen clean energy transportation access in communities with low public transportation. The grant is state-funded under the authorization of RCW 47.04.355.
What Is a Carshare Program?
Carshare is a membership service through which members can access zero carbon-emission cars for a short time. Carshare members enjoy the benefits of private car use without bearing the cost of owning the vehicle.
WSDOT awards between $50,000 and $200,000 for every project. Applicants can apply for one or more projects.
The grant applies to local governments and nonprofit organizations in Washington. Local governments comprise counties, cities, housing authorities, public transit agencies, and ports.
Applicants must demonstrate a track record of managing or implementing clean energy shared mobility and transportation programs for underserved communities. Examples of such experience include:
- Shared transportation services like rideshare or carshared programs.
- Reduced and free fare programs.
- Micro mobility arrangements like bike-sharing.
- Installation of communal EV infrastructure.
- Agency subcontracts for the provision of clean energy communal transportation and
- Shared-mobility community programs.
The projects that qualify for the ZAP grant are as follows:
- Purchase, third-party contract, or lease of zero carbon-emissions vehicles.
- Purchase, third-party contract, or lease of zero carbon-emissions charging equipment.
- Construction of zero carbon-emissions carshare charging station infrastructure.
- Installation of zero carbon-emissions carshare charging station infrastructure.
- The operational costs of developing, implementing, and managing a zero-carbon-emissions carshare program.
Applicants for the ZAP grant must make a contribution, express or in kind, amounting to 10% of the project cost. Visit ZEV Grants to get more information on program dates and eligible communities.
Utility/ Private Incentives
Described below are several Washington State Utility incentives.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Support
Washington utilities, in conjunction with the National Electric Highway Coalition (NEHC), have committed to network direct current (DC) fast (DC Fast) EV charging stations from the east coast to the west coast. The members of the NHEC umbrella body agreed to create an effective and efficient fast-charging infrastructure.
This infrastructure will complement the current fast-charging stations while avoiding utility duplications to ease interstate EV travel. Visit NEHC to get more information on participating states and utilities. The following are the Washington State EV incentives:
Electric Vehicle Rebate: Public Utility of Snohomish
Snohomish Public Utility incentivizes customers to lease or buy a used or new EV by granting them a $400 bill credit rebate for every purchase. Visit to get more information.
Electric Vehicle Time-of-Use (TOU) Rate – Pacific Power
Pacific Power grants a TOU rebate to residential, irrigation, and commercial customers who charge EVs. Visit TOU to get more information.
EV Supply Equipment Rebate – Public Utility of Clark
The Clark county electric vehicle program grants rebates to customers who install Level-2 EVSE. The purchase/ installation attracts rebates as follows:
Eligible Customers class
Mobile 240V connector
Commercial Industrial and Residential
Visit Residential EV to get more information.
EV Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate – Public Utility of Tacoma(TPU)
Public Utility of Tacoma offers bill credit rebates of $400 to customers who install Level-2 EVSE, 240-volt outlet, and intelligent splitter. Applicants get a maximum rebate of $600 per installation. Visit EV Charging to get more information.
EV Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebates – Public Utility of Tacoma(TPU)
Public Utility of Tacoma grants rebates to businesses and multifamily dwellings in Tacoma city that install Level-2 EVSE. The initial two ports attract rebates as follows:
Rebate for Underinvested Communities
60% of the project cost. Max $12,000
80% of the project cost. Max $16,000
80% of the project cost. Max $16,000
100% of the project cost. Max$20,000
Applicants for additional EVSE get rebates of $2,000 for every port installed. If the applicants upgrade their utility infrastructure, they receive a 100% rebate on the cost, up to a maximum of $25,000.Visit Public Electric Vehicle Charging and Multifamily Dwelling EV Charging to get more information.
Residential EV Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate – Snohomish Public Utility
Snohomish District grants rebates of $500 to customers who buy level two EVSE.
Used EV Rebate – Public Utility of Clark
Public Utility of Clark incentivizes customers to buy second-hand EVs by granting them a $2,000 rebate for every purchase. The only condition is that the vehicle should not cost more than $2,000 and must bear Clark county registration. Visit Electric Vehicle Program to get more information.
Can I use solar incentives to help pay for my car charging station?
Yes, but only when you are also installing a brand new solar electric installation. Because the car charging station is part of the system and will be included in the final cost. Learn more about Washington State solar incentives.
The acquisition of ClipperCreek by Enphase Energy is a game-changer.
Enphase Energy is a global market leader in battery and solar systems supply. ClipperCreek is a pioneer solutions provider in EV charging.
As EVs continue their market penetration, the management of energy in the home is changing. Households are consuming more power with EVs. At the same time, the families are using larger batteries for grid services and backup.
The acquisition will accrue these benefits:
- Entrenches the domestic presence for Enphase
- Gives Enphase distributors an extra product line. They will now sell EV charging systems alongside their line of batteries.
- Propels Enphase onto the ever-growing EV space with a leading brand in the market
- Enhances the Enphase roadmap by enabling bi-directional charging capacity, vehicle-to-grid, and vehicle-to-home.
- The synergy that comes with this tie-up between batteries and EV charging systems will go a long way in enhancing EV uptake.
Clipper Creek supplies charging equipment. The company is the market leader in stand-alone EV Supply Equipment ( EVSE) for commercial and residential settings. The products included under the Clipper Creek catalog include
EV products include
- EV level 1 charging stations
- EV level 2 charging stations
- EV cables
- EV charging bundles
- Universal cable extension kit – single
- Universal cable extension kit – dual
- Universal cable extension kit – quad
- EV single mount charging stations
- EV bundle charging stations
- Universal pedestal
- Ruggedized pedestal
- Pedestal single mount kit
- Dual mount pedestal kit
Ev accessories include
- Replacement parts and cables
- Pedestals and mounts
- Cord management
- EV signs
- RFID fobs and cards
- Data, Networks, Power distribution
- Testing equipment
If you are a resident of Washington, we recommend Clipper Creek EVSE products for the following reasons:
- Clipper Creek is the pioneer in EVSE. This position has given them enough experience in the EVSE market. They are better able to deal with emerging issues than the other suppliers.
- Enphase, the market leader in batteries and solar solutions, has acquired Clipper Creek. This partnership gives them the synergy to offer top-notch solutions across the renewable energy sector.