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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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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.


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