$100 Electric Vehicle Tax? State of Washington Should Think Again

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100 Electric Vehicle Tax? of Washington Should Think

The State of Washington is currently a new policy that would a new annual registration fee of $100 on vehicles. This new fee would be in to other registration fees assessed on all highway vehicles. Is a fair policy for electric owners?

Apparently, the Washigton Senate is concerned about revenue from state gas from plug-in vehicles. preemptive fear could be a of recent statements from the Highway Trust that to losing revenue from cars.

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Interestingly enough, however, the (known as SB 6377 ) takes a optimistic perspective towards the that electric vehicles as part of the state’s transportation The authors of the bill state the new policy is necessary as the state’s changes from motor powered by traditional sources, as gasoline and diesel, to those by electricity.

In fact, the authors of bill, who compose the Transportation for the State of Washington, are rather on the topic of electric vehicles. In a with Jason Doudt, the Intern for State Senator I learned that these definitely want state to go electric and approve highly of energy.

So, in an attempt to create a system each driver pays for a portion of his or her use of the road, legislators proposed a simple strategy charge $100 every This is a far more simplified than a Vehicle Miles (VMT) tax, as proposed by the Federal Government or by some countries.

In this way, you complicated GPS tracking systems or taxes calculated by weight of the as has been proposed under a VMT

But is it fair? And, just kind of electric vehicle is under this policy? this policy, only that use propulsion units solely by electricity are charged

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So, that means that of a 2011 Chevy Volt have to pay this fee, but of the 2011 Nissan Leaf This seems rather considering that plug-in owners can do most of their in all-electric mode, but will be exempt from this

In the near future, it appears the owners of neighborhood electric (NEVs) will be the ones affected by this bill. is unfortunate, considering that NEVs drive far less and are in weight than conventional vehicles, meaning that impact on Washington’s roads is minimal.

Washington State Senators realize that such a proposal is rather short-sighted and potentially hinder the sale of vehicles in the state. This is the politically weak choice for revenue for the state transportation State gas taxes, as well as gas taxes, have remained for over a decade.

If policymakers are concerned about generating for roads, they should imposing higher taxes on the that are primarily responsible for degradation.

What policymakers should realize is that the state to benefit more from vehicles than they recognize. For example, the mass of plug-in vehicles into the could save money on state health care for treating respiratory illnesses with petroleum emissions. a little more foresight and policymakers can craft policies provide a win-win situation for the state and EV drivers.

Shannon is a clean-tech strategist and educator at University. You can find at more at

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