Hybrid and electric cars might be the answer to making America energy efficient and finally bringing an end to corporate gas gouging at the pump.
However, if some lawmakers in North Carolina get their way, drivers of hybrid and electric cars will pay an extra fee for using the technologically advanced cars.
Gas taxes are a big source of funding for the state, and it does not want to lose that money to the winds of change.
According to the Associated Press, some North Carolina state senators want a yearly $100 registration fee for electric car owners and a $50 fee for hybrid car owners, which would raise an extra $1.5 million every year. However, the extra fees for electric and hybrid car owners will also have to get through the North Carolina House.
“It just seems logical to me that they should pay a small fee for the use of the highways and the wear and tear they put on the highways,” said Sen. Neal Hunt (R).
“I think so far what we’re seeing is the trend seems to be either an additional annual fee or some type of registration fee seems to be much more popular than the miles-driven tax, because that is a newer technology and raises some privacy concerns,” said Kristy Hartman, a transportation and environment analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures.
“Fundamentally, the mechanism exists [for a miles-driven tax], but I don’t know of any states that are currently doing that yet,” said Jay Friedland, legislative director for the advocacy group, Plug In America. “We’re really on the edge of this, because we’re for once actually watching fuel consumption going down, and that’s why we’re watching these taxes come up.”
About 10 other states are also considering an extra charge against electric and hybrid cars.
Source: Associated Press