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OLYMPIA, Wash. -

Even with gas prices hovering around the $2 per gallon mark, Washington state lawmakers are pushing bills to encourage more Washington drivers to drive electric cars.

State records showed nearly 12,000 plug-in electric vehicles registered in Washington as of the end of 2014, and approximately 450 charging stations to serve them.

A series of bills in the state's House and Senate as part of Gov. Jay Inslee's anti-pollution agenda would create an electric-vehicle infrastructure bank to build new charging stations. It would be funded by electric-vehicle registration fees and by sales taxes on electric cars that cost above $45,000. Another bill would require cities in Snohomish, King, Pierce and Thurston counties to offer builders incentives for adding electric-vehicle charging stations to their projects.

The Senate Transportation committee will hold hearings Wednesday afternoon on bills related to the proposals.

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