Sen. Hawkins’ bill promoting hydrogen-powered vehicles passes committee

Senator Brad Hawkins’ proposal to cut sales tax on purchases of hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in Washington state is among the first measures to be approved in 2021 by a Senate committee.

The Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee on Thursday (21st Jan) approved Senate Bill 5000, which would establish an eight-year statewide pilot project for the reduction of sales tax on purchases of FCEVs.

With the first hydrogen fuelling stations in Washington state expected to be operational by 2022, the bill would allow a total of 650 vehicles to receive a 50% sales tax exemption in fiscal years 2023 through 2029, thus helping to accelerate the adoption of FCEVs.

“I’m pleased that the committee passed this bill so early,” said Hawkins, who serves the 12th Legislative District.

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