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Gov. Bob McDonnell  (Source:
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 Reclaimer77 on 2/4/2013 5:41:22 PM , Rating: -1
The Government didn't "get us into" fossil fuels, so I'm always amazed at those who think the Government will be the arbiter of getting us out.

As always, the market will. Don't kid yourself, there were people working HARD on EV's before Obama came along. And they will continue to. The problems, both technical and societal, with mass EV adoption won't be solved by Keynesian-styled policies which just hurt everyone.

My solution? Just shut the fuck up and enjoy the ride.

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.

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