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Dear Washington Legislators:
 
As members and supporters of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), we are writing in support of Senate Bill 5192. This bill will ensure accessible and reliable public electric vehicle (EV) charging, which is critical to growing Washington’s EV market and business ecosystem, and increasing the number of local, high-quality jobs generated by that growth.
 
E2 is a national, nonpartisan network of over 10,000 executives, investors, and other business professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital.
 
As business leaders representing a broad range of sectors and industries across Washington, we know that mitigating climate change is essential to ensuring a stable and productive economy now and into the future. And with transportation accounting for the most carbon pollution of any sector, the state must do more to decarbonize our transportation systems, including implementing smart public policies that help drive the adoption of millions of passenger EVs.
 
Existing state clean energy policy has created markets and driven significant investment and job growth in Washington’s clean energy economy. At the end of 2019, Washington was home to more than 85,000 clean energy jobs;[1] this includes over 3,300 clean vehicle jobs, which covers jobs in electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturing, repair and maintenance, wholesale trade, and professional service in Washington’s core EV industries. Notably, this figure does not include jobs associated with EV charging infrastructure, which is a large and growing industry in-state. A separate E2 report also shows that these are high-quality jobs—Washington’s clean energy jobs pay 16% above the national median wage and have a substantially higher unionization rates than the Washington economy as a whole.[2] With EV adoption in Washington accelerating in recent years—nearly 68,000 EVs were registered in the state as of February 2021, up from just 24,000 in February 2017[3]—there is the promise of significant future job growth in Washington’s EV ecosystem should the shift towards EVs continue its momentum.
 
However, a major barrier to widespread EV adoption in Washington remains: our state lacks an accessible, reliable, and standardized public charging system. Drivers buying gasoline can depend on a standardized system and experience, with stations clearly displaying prices and accepting a range of accessible payment methods. No such standards currently exist for EV public charging stations in Washington. This absence of standards means every charging experience can be different and confusing, with hidden fees, membership subscriptions, multiple mobile applications, and proprietary key fobs and cards.
 
This status quo raises serious concerns about consumer protection. It also represents a huge disincentive for prospective EV buyers—we need easy, reliable, and accessible charging options to help Washingtonians make their next car electric and drive the transition to a prosperous, low-carbon transportation system. Furthermore, there are serious equity concerns with the current system, as it puts EV ownership even further out of reach for low-income and underbanked drivers without access to home charging, smartphones, or contactless-enabled credit cards.
 
SB 5192 will fix these problems. It will require the state to adopt a simple framework to protect consumers by standardizing the EV public charging experience. And by establishing cost transparency and public trust in charging infrastructure, this bill will help accelerate EV adoption across the state, reducing our reliance on imported gasoline, shrinking our carbon pollution, and driving continued employment growth in the clean vehicles and charging infrastructure industries.
 
As business leaders creating jobs and driving economic growth in Washington, we know that easy of use and accessibility are key to widespread adoption of any product. To create a mainstream EV market, we must ensure that drivers can pay for charging as easily as they pay for gasoline. For this reason, we call on our state legislators to vote for SB 5192 and ensure an accessible public charging system for Washington going forward.
 
Sincerely,
 
[1] https://e2.org/reports/clean-jobs-washington-2020/
[2] https://e2.org/reports/clean-jobs-better-jobs/
[3] https://data.wa.gov/Transportation/Electric-Vehicle-Population-Size-History/d886-d5q2

Brian Allen
Managing Director, Appropriate Technology Group
Brian Arbogast
Director of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Brian Baird
President, 4Pir2 Communication
Elizabeth Bekiroglu
Associate General Counsel, Seattle Genetics, Inc.
Kaya Bekiroglu
Software Engineer, PetraVM
Eric Berman
President and Co-Chair, E8 Angels
Luann Berman
Brooke Coleman
Assistant Professor, Seattle University Law School
Chris Fulton
Sr. Account Manager - Devices, Amazon
Terry Grant
Director, Industry Relations, University of Washington
Robin Hruska
Lars Johansson
Manager, Element E8 Fund
Mark Liffmann
CEO & Founder, Omnidian, Inc.
Ross Macfarlane
Climate Solutions
Janis Machala
Founder & CEO, Paladin Partners
Lew Malakoff
John McGarry
Investor - Retired
Alison Miller
Owner, Alison Miller Architect LLC
Maryam Mohit
Rachel Nugent
Vice President, Global NCDs, RTI International
Michael Brian Orr
Senior Computer Scientist, Adobe Systems
Christopher Pribe
Sarah Severn
Principal, Sarah Severn Consulting
Ron Sher
Founder, Third Place Company
Jeannine Sielinski
Senior Program Manager, Derflan, Inc.
Ron Sielinski
Ari Simmons
Outreach Director, Olympia Community Solar
Valerie Tarico
Co-Founder, Resilient Generation
Roger Ullman
Founder, Hayata Enterprises, LLC
Gina Williams
Gas Systems Operations Dispatch Supervisor, Puget Sound Energy
Kathrin Winkler
Former Chief Sustainability Officer, EMC Corporation
Simon Zhang
CEO, Northwest Innovation Works

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