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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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BOHICA baby!
By Shadowmaster625 on 4/26/2011 8:52:19 AM , Rating: 2
The math on EVs already doesnt work. Yet people buy them thinking they are going to save money on gas (or save the planet). Either way, these are some truly gullible people. So why not rake them over the coals one more time with yet another fee. It is for a good cause.... to pay some public employee's fat bloated pension! You think they actually spend the money on roads? NO! They spend the money hiring 3 public union workers to stand around watching a 4th worker do a $100 job. All four of them get paid $2000 for a grand total of $8000, to do a $100 job. Plus the cost to run 2 trucks to the site. LOL. So BOHICA. STFU and pay those fees, or we'll bust ya windaz.




RE: BOHICA baby!
By greywood on 4/26/2011 4:13:09 PM , Rating: 1
BOHICA for sure! This whole idea is pure BullShit, and these guys are just arguing over flavor and testure!


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