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Gov. Bob McDonnell  (Source: latimesblogs.latimes.com)
The fee is meant to replace the state's gas tax

Drivers of hybrid and electric vehicles protested a proposed transportation plan in the state of Virginia, which would charge them $100 per year.

The $3.1 billion transportation plan, which was proposed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, would eliminate Virginia's gas tax entirely. However, drivers of hybrid and electric vehicles would have to pay an annual fee of $100 to make up for it.

"It's meant to compensate for the federal gas tax that those vehicles do not pay," said McDonnell.

However, hybrid and electric vehicle drivers feel that this plan thwarts progress in the area of clean vehicles rather than encourages it. Some drivers have even called the fee a "punishment."

"We should be rewarding people for trying to do their part to stop the climate crisis and to lower pollution," said Beth Kemler, who attended the protest. "We shouldn't be punishing them with taxes."

In other U.S. states, such as California, residents are awarded for making green auto choices. California residents can save as much as $13,000 on the purchase of an electric vehicle through the use of tax rebates/credits.

Source: WTOP



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In addition to the $100 annual non-gas tax...
By Beenthere on 2/4/2013 4:46:41 PM , Rating: -1
...EV buyers should be reimbursing tax payers $25,000 per car for the tax payer money used to "promote" development of EVs. They should also reimburse other car buyers $100,000 per car for subsidizing the lower sticker price of EVs. EV buyers should also lose all tax credits for the purchase of an EV, which is impractical and will be a real problem to deal with the aftermath in auto accidents and when their useful life is over in 5 years.




RE: In addition to the $100 annual non-gas tax...
By coondini on 2/4/2013 5:18:14 PM , Rating: 2
So what's your solution then? How do you propose we get away from using fossil fuel-powered vehicles?


RE: In addition to the $100 annual non-gas tax...
By bobcpg on 2/4/2013 5:36:18 PM , Rating: 2
Let the fossil fuel run out. Then we will change. To propose a solution you need to believe there is a problem.

The only problem I see is the high cost of Gas. Also you'd be hard pressed to find an EV that was not powered by fossil fuels.


RE: In addition to the $100 annual non-gas tax...
By coondini on 2/4/2013 5:50:00 PM , Rating: 1
Rechargeable, replaceable fuel cell-powered vehicles is my solution. One that can go 500 miles on a charge, and either be recharged overnight or swapped out on the spot at a fuel cell recharge station with fully charged cells, then go another 500 miles...THIS is what they need to work on. It's 2013 for cryin' out loud...let's get with the dang program.


By M'n'M on 2/5/2013 11:47:16 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Rechargeable, replaceable fuel cell-powered vehicles is my solution. One that can go 500 miles on a charge, and either be recharged overnight or swapped out on the spot at a fuel cell recharge station with fully charged cells, then go another 500 miles...THIS is what they need to work on. It's 2013 for cryin' out loud...let's get with the dang program.


Yes it is 2013 and you should learn how a fuel cell car works. You don't "recharge" them or "swap out a cell". You fill them up, like a regular car, but with (perhaps) a different fuel. Google Honda FCX Clarity.


By wordsworm on 2/5/2013 5:26:31 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, if Obama was a bit more left, it would be an easy solution: tax gasoline sports cars enough so that economy EVs are on par with the cost of an EV. So take that new Corvette as an example: add a $30,000 environmental tax to it and make the EV cost $15,000 (after tax incentives).


By Nutzo on 2/5/2013 12:50:16 PM , Rating: 2
And what do you do when all those auto workers who make the Corvette lose thier jobs?

Raising taxes on existing products, or subsidizing over priced products makes up all poorer in the long run.


By KCjoker on 2/5/2013 6:17:22 PM , Rating: 2
You might wanna do some research because the Corvette especially the new one gets better mpg than you'd think. And cars(sports cars) that get lower mpg already pay more tax because duh they use more gas.


By talikarni on 2/4/2013 5:23:28 PM , Rating: 1
agreed.... not to mention that the lithium and battery manufacturing plants pumping out gobs of pollution, so really the amount of pollution just from the manufacturing process of these hybrids doubles the pollution created versus a normal non-hybrid/battery powered vehicle.
* So these vehicles are much more expensive,
* manufacturing them puts out twice the pollution,
* importing the lithium and products needed forces more transportation pollution...

So once all factors are included, buying and driving a normal every day 15mpg SUV is saving the planet more than driving the hybrid and battery powered cars.


By bsd228 on 2/4/2013 5:25:53 PM , Rating: 2
EV buyers have been the beta tests for this new technology. Yes, there has been subsidization of the purchase price (and carpool lane stickers, etc) for them, but they are subsidizing the massive r&d of this effort as well.

Unless you want to insist we can drive 20-30mpg cars forever and will always be able to find new oil sources (at $100+ $/barrel), we have to move to more efficient cars, or ones that don't rely solely on petroleum to run.

The part about 5 years of useful live is nonsense. We heard it with the prius, even as the taxis proved otherwise. And we're still hearing it now.


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