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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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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
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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.


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