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Washington State to force $100 tax on electric vehicles

Ace February 20, 2012 0

Washington has become the first U.S. state to force and annual tax on Electrical Vehicles. With EV being on the rise the state is trying to impose this tax in order to make up for lost tax revenue. In other words, gas vehicles are taxed on their gas in order to provide road repairs and other improvements. EV cars gave no gas so in order to properly tax them the state is asking for $100 a year.

A healthier environment for everyone is the main goal for the future. The state passed the new law requiring owners of electric vehicles to make up for the lost gas tax however 100$ over the course of a year isn’t even nearly enough to compare to the amount of tax that’s paid on gas through out a year.

According to Scott Sterling of KPCC, Senator Mary Margaret Haugen (D) sponsored the bill, and commented on its passage in a press release:

“We think the purchase of electric vehicles is great for the environment, but we also need to maintain our roads, which is why we have the gas tax,” she stated in the release. “Electric vehicles put just as much wear and tear on our roads as gas vehicles. This simply ensures that they contribute their fair share to the upkeep of our roads.”

How would you feel about having to pay a $100 tax on your electric vehicle? Would such a charge it be a deal-breaker, or worth the convenience? The Comments section is waiting for you.

This new tax is said to raise around $1.9 million for the state of Washington. This is just the beginning though. In places like the Netherlands EV drivers are being taxed per mile traveled. Who knows if that gets here but how do you feel about the tax on electrical vehicles owners?


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