A stack on one of the Jumbo Mark II state ferries emits exhaust during a sailing between Seattle and Bainbridge Island. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald)

A stack on one of the Jumbo Mark II state ferries emits exhaust during a sailing between Seattle and Bainbridge Island. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald)

State plans to convert biggest ferries to electric power

The hybrid ferries would mostly run on electricity and use diesel engines for backup.

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