Incentives For Electric Car Buyers? Yes In Oregon, Maybe In Washington

Democrats in the Washington Legislature want to revive a tax break for buyers of electric cars, which critics view as wasteful and unnecessary. Meanwhile, a publicly-financed rebate for battery-powered cars in Oregon is finding thousands of takers.

A valuable state tax break for buyers of fully-electric and plug-in hybrid cars in Washington expired last May. Despite the expired tax break, sales of electric cars have accelerated in Washington since, according to vehicle registration data from the Washington State Department of Licensing — mainly because of brisk deliveries of the Tesla Model 3.

Now, state Senate Transportation Committee chair Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) says many lawmakers want to bring back a tax incentive in order to widen the adoption of electric cars.