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USA: Why Washington State Residents Could Lose Out On Electric Cars

The ease of buying an electric car has long depended on where in the U.S. you live.

Carmakers carefully consider demand and local incentives and regulations before offering their products in some states–often resulting in California and Oregon getting the latest vehicles before anyone else.

Washington State should be among those, having adopted California’s CARB emissions rules.

But unfortunately for Washington electric car fans, the state hasn’t adoped the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) regulations found in California and Oregon, among others–making the choice of available electric cars lower than it could be.

As Edmunds reports, other states set to adopt the ZEV mandate include Connecticut, D.C., Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Washington is unusual in having accepted California’s clean air vehicle requirements, but not the ZEV mandate.

It’s the compliance cars that WA residents will most miss out on.
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