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Washington is looking to recoup lost revenue from EV drivers

Owners of electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf (100-mile driving range) and the Tesla Roadster (211-mile driving range) have the advantage of traveling on America's roads without having to spend a penny on gasoline. And even though the Chevrolet Volt uses a gasoline engine when its battery pack is exhausted, some drivers have managed to average 1,000 miles between gas stops.

The State of Washington, however, isn't too keen on EV drivers skirting the state's gas tax, which helps to maintain the roads that EV drivers travel on every day. According to the Associated Press, Washington has a $5 billion dollar deficit, and hitting the pockets of EV owners is just one way to help close the gap. 

Washington's gas excise tax is one of the highest in the nation at 49.4 cents per gallon [PDF] -- 31 cents of the total is from the state, while the federal tax is 18.4 cents. Assuming that the average driver travels about 12,000 miles per year, a Nissan Leaf driver (EPA rated 99 mpg) would only be skipping out on $38 of the state's portion of gasoline excise tax. For a Chevrolet Volt driver (EPA rated 93 mpg on battery power), the tax revenue lost by the state would amount to $40.

Washington's proposed EV fee, however, would amount to $100 per year.

"Electric vehicles put just as much wear and tear on our roads as gas vehicles,” explained the bill's sponsor, Democratic state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen. "This simply ensures that they contribute their fair share to the upkeep of our roads." 

"So the question is how do you account for those trends and begin to capture revenue that reflects the actual usage of the road?" said Republican state senator Dan Swecker. "Our state doesn't change very fast. But we thought the $100 fee was a place to start, so let's start there." 

Not surprisingly, EV owners aren't exactly thrilled with this proposed legislation. "The Legislature saw electric vehicles are coming and thought, why not just put a fee on them," quipped Dean West, a Nissan Leaf driver.

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RE: Remember...
By FITCamaro on 4/25/2011 8:14:44 PM , Rating: 4
when you watching OTA tv your stealing from the cable and telephone company. why? your getting the same programming free when cable and teleco customer have to pay for it.

100% untrue.

Advertising pays for the shows on broadcast television. Not subscription fees from cable and satellite service. In reality, those who pay for cable are paying twice, not those who don't stealing it. Once when they pay the fee the station charges the cable or satellite company to carry the station. And again when they watch the commercials.

If you're going to use analogies, at least be somewhat accurate.

RE: Remember...
By SunAngel on 4/25/2011 9:24:36 PM , Rating: 2
lol. you caught me. i thought about that just after i posted. i was hoping no one would have noticed. i forgot about advertising since i don't buy all the junk that is advertised on a tv screen. hum, maybe i'm getting a free ride.

RE: Remember...
By kaoken on 4/25/2011 10:09:49 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry you are. It's subliminal.

RE: Remember...
By The Raven on 4/25/2011 10:17:52 PM , Rating: 2
Well if you don't pay attention to all the associated commercials you are stealing lol

And DVR users are the EV drivers of television ;-P

RE: Remember...
By Targon on 4/26/2011 7:14:27 AM , Rating: 2
The purpose of advertising isn't just to SELL something, but is to get the company name and/or products into the minds of the viewer. The logic is that even if YOU do not directly purchase due to the advertisement itself, your awareness of said product will go up, and you may recommend the product to others depending on what it is. Corporate sponsorship of sports stadiums/arenas follows this, where the idea is to get more public awareness of your brand/company name, just to make other advertisements more effective.

Buy one get one free...if you have heard of the product before, this sort of sale MIGHT appeal to you a bit more. Look at some of the more catchy advertisements with a song playing on will pay more attention, and after watching several times, you will remember what company/product is being sold. Apple uses this VERY well when it comes to its products, and even if you hate Apple products, you will know about the product.

Commercials also work better on those with a intelligence, and this is why companies are so willing to pay millions of dollars on advertisements when there are a large number of people watching...if even one percent of the viewers buy the product advertised, that is a LOT of money.

RE: Remember...
By The Raven on 4/26/2011 11:23:35 AM , Rating: 2
Few things you need to run a search on bro:
1) lol
2) ;-P
3) DVR


RE: Remember...
By callmeroy on 4/26/2011 11:05:51 AM , Rating: 2
I avoid a lot of commercials since I DVR the few network shows I watch (Chicago Code, Blue Bloods, etc.) and I always skip the commercials but they do get me on sports (sports is boring to watch if it isn't live after all totally sucks out the "excitement" factor of how the game will end up).

I used to think it would be cool if a cable provider ever came up with a commercial free service for network all the primetime sit coms or police dramas I'd watch with zero commercials just the full episode with no interruptions until its over.

If you're thinking "yeah but what do they do with all that left over time in each time slot"....well I don't know to be honest, that would be for them to figure out how to make it work....:)

I wouldn't pay a lot for that service -- Comcast rapes me monthly as it is...but maybe an extra $5/mo I'd tolerate.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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