2022 Seattle Auto Show focuses on electric vehicles

Seattle — Earlier this year Gov. Jay Inslee announced the state is set to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

The focus at this year’s Seattle Auto Show is electric vehicles.

Nearly every car brand at the auto show had an electric vehicle on the floor, and when it comes to price, some are going for around $30,000.

“There’s twice as many EVs here (as) there were last year,” said Tom Voelk, an automotive specialist.

He also says the price tag is getting better.

“There are some affordable EVs right now. This is the Chevrolet Bolt EUV. It easily starts at under $30,000 and has some 250 miles of range,” said Voelk.

Voelk says there’s also the Chevy Equinox. When it hits the market in 2024, it’s promised to also be affordable.

“Typically an all-electric car these days averages about $50,000. There are certain tax credits that ease that pain,” said Voelk.

The Inflation Reduction Act President Joe Biden signed in August gives new electric vehicle buyers a federal tax break worth up to $7,500.

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a list of cars that are eligible.