We learn through GreenCarCongress that the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published a list of 10 states which are now adopting electric vehicle fees ranging from $43 to $300 to replace lost revenue from fuel taxes.
Fuel taxes at the pump have theoretically been used to finance highway maintenance, but electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids using less or no gas at all are not contributing to this fund. Most states are trying to encourage EV and PHEV sales due to their numerous advantages, both environmental and economical, some even by offering financial incentives, which would make it counterintuitive to tax over these incentives.
But several states moved forward with an annual fee. Here’s the full list: Most fees are for all-electric and plug-in hybrids, Idaho even has a tax for conventional hybrids without a plug.
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