During the 2022 legislative session, Washington lawmakers approved a $450,000 budget appropriation to study the biggest gasoline users, what policies would most effectively and efficiently get them to switch to EVs, and the resulting economic and climate benefits.
The study is based on concepts outlined in “Gasoline Superusers,” a report published by Coltura demonstrating the urgency of transitioning the biggest users of gasoline to EVs to reduce vehicle emissions. The legislature intends for the study to result in the collection of data to determine the following:
- Which high-consumption drivers can switch to EVs for a high percentage of their driving needs.
- How much money high-consumption fuel users can save by switching to EVs.
- How many gallons of fuel are displaced by high-consumption fuel users switching to EVs.
- What policies, including those related to charging infrastructure, would encourage high-consumption fuel users to make the switch to EVs.
- What high-consumption fuel users’ attitudes and perceptions are about EVs.
- What barriers, concerns, and viewpoints are held by high consumption fuel users in relation to EVs.
- What messages are most effective for transitioning high consumption fuel users to EVs.
A report on the study must be submitted to the transportation committees of the legislature and the governor by July 1, 2023. To learn more about Gasoline Superusers, please visit https://www.coltura.org/gasoline-superusers.