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How should EV owners pay for road maintenance? Take our Twitter poll

How should EV owners pay for road maintenance? Take our Twitter poll

States around the US are imposing new fees on electric-car owners to make them contribute to state highway maintenance funds. Some can be quite onerous, such as the $1,000 fee for electric-car registration proposed last week in the Illinois legislature, compared to a $148 fee for other cars. CHECK... read more

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

17 states have passed extra fees on electric cars; is that fair?

Nobody likes paying gas taxes, and that seems particularly true for drivers who don't buy gas—such as those who drive electric cars. As legislators have begun to notice... read more April 17, 2018 by


 
President Donald Trump (Photo courtesy DoD)

Trump backs 25-cent gas-tax boost for road repairs and infrastructure (maybe)

The federal gas tax, which was supposed to pay for repairs and expansion to roads maintained or funded by the national government, now does nothing of the kind. Congress last... read more February 16, 2018 by


 
2018 Toyota Prius

Maine to hit hybrids, electric cars with fees higher than gas tax?

Maine has become the latest in a growing string of states to propose adding registration fees for hybrid and electric cars to make up for tax revenue on the gasoline they... read more February 13, 2018 by


 
Gas pump

Gas tax should rise 25 cents to fund road repair: US Chamber of Commerce

It's an unusual thing, to say the least, when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce publicly suggests a major tax increase. In general, the pro-business lobbying group advocates for... read more January 19, 2018 by


 
Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California

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... read more April 10, 2017 by


 
2017 Nissan Leaf

State fees, penalties on electric cars proliferate this year

Several different states have continued to propose new fees for electric-car owners as a way to pay for road repairs. The fees are typically meant as a substitute for the... read more February 21, 2017 by


 
Indianapolis, by Flickr user ellenm1 (Used under CC License)

Indiana too slaps electric cars with $150 fee for not using gas

Indiana may soon follow Michigan in implementing fees for electric cars, with the stated goal of helping to pay for road repairs. Michigan is now adding fees for electric... read more January 6, 2017 by


 
2011 Toyota Prius

Michigan socks hybrid owners with new fees—that don't apply to most hybrids (updated)

The state of Michigan, to help pay for road repairs, decided more than a year ago to hit owners of hybrids and electric cars with additional fees starting this January... read more December 28, 2016 by


 
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


 
Gas pump

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


 

 
 

 
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