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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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But wait...
By Belard on 4/25/2011 11:40:43 PM , Rating: 2
With EV cars possibly producing less pollution (how much waste is made by the power company to recharge a car? How much $$$ does it cost to recharge your batteries - states gets TAXES from the utility companies - DUH!)

So with wind power and solar power recharging our cars, there should be allowances for making the air cleaner, etc.

RE: But wait...
By Targon on 4/26/2011 7:33:42 AM , Rating: 3
How much pollution is generated in the production of the batteries and other components in an EV? Sure the pollution is generated in China, but it is still being generated, and with far less regulation in China, so it is actually hurting "the planet" far more. China may turn into one big dust bowl due to the pollution if this trend continues...or everyone over there will drop dead at the age of 35 due to the pollution.

RE: But wait...
By ClownPuncher on 4/26/2011 11:43:27 AM , Rating: 2
Cool. We won't have to compete as much.

RE: But wait...
By YashBudini on 4/27/2011 6:26:32 PM , Rating: 2
During the Olympics China shut down soem of their industry to improve air quality.

Nothing like treating foreigners better than your own people. Or was it all about image?

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