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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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By rika13 on 4/26/2011 3:22:08 AM , Rating: -1
1. Let's push all this eco-crap on people.

2. Oh crap, our states' budgets are suffering because of all the wasteful entitlements (the entitlement system is designed to keep you from being able to do things like go to college), wasteful subsidies (like GE really needed subsidies), kickbacks (unions donate to dems, whom support unionized busninesses whom pay employees whom pay union dues), and just plain socialist bullshit (manditory health insurance).

3. Because they never want to cut spending on things that matter (farming the poor for votes, those nice union and business contributions, etc.), its all about raising and creating taxes.

Higher taxes and costs fall well in line with the Democrat agendas because they create poverty and destroy jobs, forcing people to become dependant on the government for their food, housing, utilitites, etc.

People would say "why not simply move", however, moving is something that is hard to do within a single state, let alone find housing and employment in another state, especially for the lower and middle class whom do not have the resources to rent/purchase a second home and seek employment in another state while maintaining them in their home state. Thus the Dems know that the people will simply "shut up and take it" because they have no choice but to do so.




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