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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 cyberguyz on 2/5/2013 7:43:02 AM , Rating: 2
Where is my incentive to pay the higher cost of one of these vehicles?

I understand the need for environmental responsibility. And I will do my best to help - within my limited earning power.

But when I buy a hybrid or EV, why should I be penalized for doing the right thing? I am buying this car to reduce my TCO not be on a par with one that is not as environmentally responsible. The tangible benefit, and my reason for laying out the extra cash to buy a highly efficient car goes away. let's face it:

1. Hybrids & EVs are more expensive than gas-only cars.
2. When the batteries fail/wear out, they are obscenely expensive to replace.
3. Government rebates on purchase only goes so far. It will not come near covering the difference between even a hybrid and comparably-equipped gas-only version of the same car.
4. While hybrids get better mileage, they don't get THAT much better mileage in reality.
5. Plug-in hybrids get limited range on EP only. EVs get even worse requiring long charging cycles and no gas engine backup.
6. EVs and Hybrids are best suited to urban environments where driving ranges are relatively short. Urban streets are maintained mostly by municipal taxes rather than state or federal gas taxes. Where does this fee fit in here? What is the municipal 'share' of this cash pot?

By johnsmith9875 on 2/5/2013 3:18:58 PM , Rating: 2
EV batteries are not expensive. They're nickel-metal hydride and there's nothing exotic nor expensive about them, and the metal is ecologically rather mundane and they're easily recyclable.
Hybrids are expensive because they're 2 cars in one, a gasoline and an electric.

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