California will add EV fees for 2020 model year
California is joining a growing list of states that will charge extra fees to drivers of battery electric andplug-in hybrid
vehicles in order to generate revenue that would've otherwise come from gasoline taxes. The Golden State, which easily has the country's largest contingent of plug-in vehicle owners, will charge a one-time registration fee of $100 for plug-in vehicles starting in the 2020 model year. The fees are part of a bill approved last week that is slated to generate more than $52 billion over 10 years, and will chip away at a backlog ofrepairs
estimated to cost about $130 billion.
In addition to the one-time fees, the state will enact annual registration fees that will range from $25 for plug-ins with market values of less than $5,000, to $175 for plug-in vehicles that are worth at least $60,000 (we'll call that theTesla
Class). To be fair (togreen car
advocates, at least), California will also boost its gas tax 43 percent to 30 cents a gallon starting in November. California has at various times been estimated to account for about half of the country's plug-in vehicle sales. Take a look at the bill, which was introduced last December,here
With US plug-in vehicle sales continuing to rise, more states are adopting plug-in vehicle fees to help pay for road repairs and other infrastructure. Nebraska and Missouri were the first, enacting $75 in additional annual fees for plug-in vehicles starting in 2011. Since then, Colorado, Idaho, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming havejoined that fray
, according toGreen Car Reports
. And this year, six other states, including Kansas, South Carolina, and Tennessee, have proposed similar bills.Related Video:
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April 12, 2017 at 04:57AM
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