Randy wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:34 am
I think your title is overly dramatic. The second generation of EVs has been on the market since 2011 here in CA, and has had an 8 year run of little to no road taxes or other fees.
I don't think it's fair for my neighbors to have to pay my share of road taxes. I'm driving two EVs and I think it is time to pay. Here in CA, they are starting a $100 fee next year for EVs. It's a simple start; if they calculated the fee individually by mileage some people would pay less because of reduced mileage and some would pay more.
Not charging any EVs road maintenance fees is unsustainable as the numbers grow. There is lots of road work to be done, so revenue has to go up and not down. Here in San Diego, we have almost 50,000 EVs on the road. It's time to pay for our share of road maintenance fees...It has nothing to do with EV hate....
FYI at my states 25.5c/gallon, figuring 30mpg which I consider to be a conservative figure for an ICE equivalent MPG to the Leaf, the amount of gas tax I'd pay per year figuring 10,000 miles which again I consider very conservative as most people probably only drive the Leaf in town due it it's very limited 70 mile range(I average a little over 6k miles/year) would come to $95 in MN gas tax, $159 in CA with their 47.3/gal gas tax.
MN implemented a $70 "EV" tax a few years back which I figure costs me slightly more than if I drove an equivalent ICE!
I'll let you decide if it's fair that someone who drives an EV should pay more
gas taxes/year than an equivalent ICE, keeping in mind the overall health benefits to everyone when someone drives an EV and not a noxious belching ICE. I won't even get into the US propping up(providing military aid) to countries where the only reason we're there is because of oil, to feed our never-ending thirst......
I'm not saying EVs should pay no tax, just not more than ICEs.