Washington’s long-range electric vehicle fleet recently logged more than 1 million miles in an effort to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions.

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The fleet of 113 state-owned electric vehicles, managed by the state Department of Enterprise Services, was originally purchased as part of Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2015 initiative to get state agencies to make 20 percent of new passenger vehicle purchases electric by 2017. Inslee amended his goal earlier this year by asking for 50 percent electric vehicle purchases by 2020.

“Our EV Fleets Initiative is just one way we’re transforming state government and embracing clean cars, clean buildings, and clean energy,” Inslee said in a statement. “We all benefit from procurement policies that are reducing carbon emissions, saving money, protecting public health, and securing a healthier future for all Washingtonians.”

Just how much savings has the fleet provided? Since April 2017 alone, more than 42,000 gallons of fuel and more than 375 metric tons of carbon emissions have been saved by state agencies.

“Hitting the million-mile mark with the long-range electric vehicles in our fleet demonstrates the commitment of state government employees and leaders to reducing carbon emissions in Washington,” said Charles Knutson, electric vehicle policy advisor to Inslee. “With this momentum, it won’t be long before the majority of the state’s passenger vehicles will run on clean energy.”

For more information about electric vehicles in the state’s fleet, visit the DES website.