Washington State: Closes In On 10,000 EVs On The Road – Full Map

SEP 18 2014 BY JAY COLE 8

In 2013, Washington state lead the US in EV adoption with 1 in every 70 new vehicle purchases being of the plug-in variety.

And although that has dropped slightly in 2014 to 1 out of 88, overall on the all-time list Washington still stands number two, behind just California.  (2013 EV and 2014 EV YTD “Top 10” state EV adoption figures here).

Now the Washington State Department of Transportation tells us exactly how many plug-ins have been registered so far (through July 2014), and how the demos break down.

In total, 9,745 plug-in vehicles have been sold.  Of those 6,798 are all-electric vehicles, with the balance being plug-in hybrids – 2,947.

Obviously as King County includes Seattle, more than half (5,420) of all plug-ins can be found there…but we would also like to give a Inside EVs’ shout out to Ted and Nancy in Cathlamet for putting Wahkiakum county on the board – Go Mules!

Of note for Washington: a purchase or lease of a new electric vehicle before July 1, 2015 in Washington, means exemption from state sales/use tax and the motor vehicles sales/use tax.

West Coast Green Highway, Hat tip to Marshall!

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8 Comments on "Washington State: Closes In On 10,000 EVs On The Road – Full Map"

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Interesting correllarry – San Diego has more than 10,000 EVs. Which region has more EVs per capita?


If ant to compare at a city level we should compare Seattle vs San Diego or at county level it would be King vs SanDiego.

San Diego County has ~5000 EVs, about the same has the 5420 noted in King County above. I think both counties are winners!

Other factors as local transportation & types of living structures make detailed comparisons meaningless. ie: comparing thousands OK, but differentionation of hundreds adds little knowledge as numbers are constantly in flux.


Go WA!

Multiple counties with zero. 🙁

Actually only 3 counties, with a combined population of ~25k. That’s barely 1/3 of 1% of the state’s population.

But yes, east of the mountains you have

– Less people
– Red-state political mindset
– Long distances
– Very hot summers and very cold winters

All factors that would hinder EV adoption. Only 5% of the EVs are east of the mountains (i.e., east of the eastern border of King/Snohomish/etc. counties) according to this map.

However, in Chelan/Okanogan/Douglas counties you have probably the most active and effective grass root EV organization – Plug-In North Central Washington. They have electrified the Cascade Loop and made it a destination for EV tourism. So much for an anti-EV red-state mindset which I think is pretty much BS anyway. Show me a conservative that wouldn’t love to drive a Model S.

Well, getting that conservative butt in the seat is the challenge. This is where owners EVangelizing to their friends who don’t necessarily attend Solar Fest or the Mother Earth News Fair come in! My loud-n-proud F350-driving neighbor considered me an oddity until he test-drove his son’s LEAF…