Senate Bill 5811 (companion bill is HB 1999, but the House is likely to pass the Senate Bill) would reduce emissions by making changes to the clean car standards and the clean car program. It would set state standards for zero emissions vehicles similar to those of California, from 9.5% of car sales in 2020 to 22% in 2025. You can take action on this bill by clicking on 5811, and then click on “Comment on this Bill.” The comment link will take you to a page that requests your address and email information, a button where you can indicate support, oppose or neutral. You need to make a comment but it can be short – “please support the bill.”
An Association of Washington Business representative opposed the bill because it is a mandate not consistent with market standards. An Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers representative also opposed and noted that electric car sales in Washington increased 40% in recent years without a quota. A representative of the Association of Global Auto Makers also opposed and noted that forcing dealers to stock electric vehicles in lots without selling them could cause them cash flow problems.
There was no testimony in favor of the bill.