- February 22, 2019
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The legislation requires all new buildings in the city, including commercial and residential units, be EV-ready. That term means the necessary infrastructure should be in place for electric vehicle owners to charge their cars. Twenty percent of parking spaces for residential units and ten percent in the case of commercial buildings should be set aside for electric vehicles, per the legislation. A 2017 study ranked Seattle eighth among the largest US metropolitan areas for cities with the most EV charging units per million residents. The study also cited utility efforts there offering informational material to multifamily dwelling units to expand the market for electric vehicles. Seattle has also unveiled plans to convert its public bus fleet to a fossil-free one by 2030. Washington state's sales tax exemption for electric vehicles ends this June.