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"Tax subsidies" they said. "Incentives" they said. Well it turns out that there were some states that didn't say those things at all. There are 10 states that actually charge owners additional registration fees for EVs. This is how these governments have decided to replace the revenue last from gasoline taxes.

All the other incentives that are promised are not disappearing (necessarily), but this additional charge has been deemed necessary because EVs don't contribute to the state motor fuel taxes fund which is used to pay for road maintenance. Georgia even scrapped its $5,000 EV tax credit while at the same time instituting the nation's highest EV fee at $200.

The breakdown of the 10 states is attached. The 10 states are: Wyoming, Colorado, Virginia, Nebraska, Missouri, Washington, North Carolina, Idaho, Georgia, and Michigan.

While plug-in hybrids and full EVs have gained considerable momentum since the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf hit arrived for 2011, they’re still a minuscule fraction of the nation’s fleet. Through November this year, these cars accounted for just 0.6 percent of all U.S. light-duty vehicle sales. Hybrids are at 2.2 percent and have yet to crack four percent in a given year. But the problem of gas tax revenue lost through these vehicles is negligible compared to the decrease in tax collection that has resulted from the nation’s drastic drop in overall fuel consumption.
Read more about this weirdness through this link --> http://blog.caranddriver.com/the-tax-man-cometh-these-10-states-charge-extra-fees-for-electric-cars/
 

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Or you know...cars are more fuel efficient these days too. That's probably why they're selling less gas.
This just seems like a way to stunt clean vehicle growth especially if it's going to be an annual fee. Have to shake my head at Oregon too:
Oregon is going haywire and suggesting a mileage tax.
 

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"Tax subsidies" they said. "Incentives" they said. Well it turns out that there were some states that didn't say those things at all. There are 10 states that actually charge owners additional registration fees for EVs. This is how these governments have decided to replace the revenue last from gasoline taxes.

All the other incentives that are promised are not disappearing (necessarily), but this additional charge has been deemed necessary because EVs don't contribute to the state motor fuel taxes fund which is used to pay for road maintenance. Georgia even scrapped its $5,000 EV tax credit while at the same time instituting the nation's highest EV fee at $200.

The breakdown of the 10 states is attached. The 10 states are: Wyoming, Colorado, Virginia, Nebraska, Missouri, Washington, North Carolina, Idaho, Georgia, and Michigan.





Read more about this weirdness through this link --> http://blog.caranddriver.com/the-tax-man-cometh-these-10-states-charge-extra-fees-for-electric-cars/
yea but you also conveniently forget to mention that before Georgia scrapped the credit it was the fastest growing makret for Nissans Leaf.

And the only reason they stopped is because people were buying EV's for the financial advantages of incentives/lower car payments then for some altruistic motivation to save the world.

Oh and Colorado may ask you for a $50 fee, but they'll turn right around and offer you a couple grand back in tax credits, plus cash back from Nissan...

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/price-nissan-just-may-well-pay-new-leaf/
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/putting-money-mouth-vol-1/
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/bought-ridiculously-cheap-brand-new-nissan-leaf/
 

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This might last for a while till state controlled charging stations are around or ways for the state to tap into money being made from charging.
 

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but why offer incentives if you don't want people to buy the cars for financial reasons? I understand how the state is missing tax revenue, but by all accounts a higher number of Leafs being sold is exactly what the point of the incentives were in the first place.
 

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Let's hope these incentives last until after the Bolt EV comes out. Fees aren't as daunting when I looked at the incentives for comparison but Oregon... that mileage tax could be painful if the charge you in a lump sum every time you need to renew your sticker.
 

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I would rather see a price put on carbon than charging people for having electric vehicles. Government still gets revenue, but it taxes the stuff we want to suppress, instead of taxing the things we are trying to incentivize people to buy.
 
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