Can Washington Reach Its Zero-Emissions Vehicle Goal?

Joel Creswell is an unlikely champion for a campaign centered on cars. “To be clear, I don’t particularly like driving,” he says while piloting an eerily quiet Ford Mach-E around North Seattle. Yet the climate policy section manager and his team at the Department of Ecology, which implements the state’s motor vehicle emissions laws, must keep Washington on track for a transportation revolution.

With the Clean Vehicles Program, a bundle of legislation debuted by California and since adopted by over a dozen states, 35 percent of new passenger vehicles sold in Washington must be zero-emissions vehicles—running on electric battery or hydrogen fuel—by model year 2026. That

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