The state rule calling for public fleets to increase their use of alternative fuels is now final.
Beginning June 1, 2018, local governments will be required -- "to the extent practicable" -- to follow purchasing guidelines that accelerate the use of electric vehicles, biofuels, natural gas and propane autogas.
Once the rule goes into effect, fleets using 200,000+ gallons of gasoline or diesel fuel per year (approximately 65 jurisdictions) must report their vehicle procurement needs and plans to comply with the rule to the Washington State Department of Commerce.
The rule was adopted after a three-year process incorporating suggestions from local governments and agencies across the state. Fleets are encouraged to actively participate in the inter-agency Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Technical Advisory Group as the rule is implemented.