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Even California imposes new fee on electric cars in lieu of gas taxes

Even California imposes new fee on electric cars in lieu of gas taxes

Last week, the California state legislature approved a $52 billion transportation-funding package. Unlike the practice in previous years, this one is to be used only for improvements to the transportation infrastructure, to begin cutting into an estimated $ 130 billion backlog of repairs and... read more

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Elaine Chao

Trump names Elaine Chao as U.S. Secretary of Transportation

President-elect Donald Trump nominated former labor secretary Elaine Chao to be his secretary of transportation yesterday. She will follow current DoT secretary Antony Foxx... read more November 30, 2016 by


 
BMW ActiveE electric car in front of old gas pumps, Belvidere, NJ   [photo: Tom Moloughney]

NJ dedicates all gas tax revenue to transportation infrastructure

Critics of electric cars often use the argument that, because electric-car drivers don't pay gas taxes, they don't contribute their fair share of road-maintenance costs. But... read more November 14, 2016 by


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of Gas Cars On Taxes--Except In Two States: FURTHER UPDATE

Several states have adopted or proposed special taxes and fees for electric-car drivers. which are supposed to make up for lost revenue from taxes on the fuel their drivers... read more May 27, 2015 by


 
Gas pump

Why Higher Gas Taxes Would Have Been Best Way To Save Fuel

It's now a widely-accepted tenet of today's U.S. political landscape: You just can't come out and advocate for higher taxes. For any purpose, under any circumstances, no... read more May 15, 2015 by


 
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Oregon To Test Nation's First Per-Mile Road Fee In Lieu Of Gas Taxes

As cars get more efficient, their owners spend less money on fuel. That's good for their wallets and for the environment, but not so good for the nation's infrastructure... read more March 9, 2015 by


 
Daan Roosegaard's designs for safer highways

Low Gas Price An Opportunity For Higher Gas Tax? Not A Chance

With gasoline costing 40 percent less than it did just six months ago--and under $2 a gallon in many states--you might think this would be a good time to discuss raising the... read more January 5, 2015 by


 
2015 Toyota Prius Liftback

Wisconsin: Higher Taxes For Hybrids, Electrics For Not Burning Enough Gas To Fund Road Repairs?

It's not news that the roads and bridges in many states are falling into disrepair. Much of the money to fund maintenance of this infrastructure comes from taxes on fuel, but... read more December 2, 2014 by


 
Gas pump

12-Cent Rise In Federal Tax On Gas, Diesel Proposed By Pair Of Senators

Two facts sit in opposition to each other in Washington, D.C., and have for many years. First, raising taxes--in any way, for any purpose, under any circumstances--is... read more June 19, 2014 by


 
Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)

Gas Tax Unchanged For 20 Years Today; Road Costs, However...

Taxes on gasoline and diesel make up 85 percent of the revenue flowing into the United States' transportation spending account, but that may change. Soon, the gas tax may not... read more October 1, 2013 by


 
Beijing Smog by Flickr user michaelhenley

Beijing Adds Pollution Tax To Fuel To Curb Huge Smog Problems

Smog-choked Chinese capital Beijing will be the first city in the country to introduce a new pollution tax. Following months of pollution far above safe levels, major Chinese... read more June 3, 2013 by 5


 
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NJ Per-Mile Tax Already Scrapped, Electric Car Fee Proposed Instead

A New Jersey senator's plan to drop gas tax and charge all vehicles a per-mile fee has already been scrapped, according to reports. Instead, Asbury Park Press reports the... read more May 21, 2013 by 12


 
Old Gas Pumps

The Gas Tax System is Broken; Are Electric Cars At Fault?

In the face of plummeting gas-tax revenues, both state and Federal, electric cars seem to be emerging as a culprit and a target. Before we discuss how to fix this ... first... read more May 9, 2013 by 36


 
Michigan state capitol, Lansing (photo by Brian Charles Watson)

Michigan Jumps On The 'Tax Electric Cars' Bandwagon, Too

Elected officials in yet another state have proposed levying taxes on electric cars. And just to make things interesting, this time the debate is happening in Michigan... read more April 25, 2013 by 23


 
Traffic Jam

Hybrids & Electric Cars May Spell Doom For America's Roads

Yesterday, we discussed the problem of America's crumbling roads and bridges. Taxes on gasoline are meant to keep that stuff up to snuff, but the costs of maintenance and... read more October 3, 2012 by 22


 
Gas pump

Point Of View: Gas Taxes Are Better Than Fuel Economy Rules--Discuss

With the announcement of final rules for corporate average fuel efficiency of 54.5 mpg by 2025, the NHTSA and EPA have done two things. The agencies have given carmakers both... read more September 13, 2012 by 23


 

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