Disincentives on EVs?

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  1. Money has to come from somewhere to pay for damages from all the pot holes they don’t fix.

  2. The vehicle tax should be similar for all vehicles based on weight and purpose, then an additional tax on fuel which is bad for climate and humans.

  3. This can be seen as incentive as well (flat fees work both ways). The current tax on gasoline in Ontario is 14.7 cents/liter. So the $150 fee is equivalent to 1020 liters of gasoline (or diesel the tax is the same). With BEV pickups/SUVs entering the market, it’s not hard for the consumer to come out ahead with this flat fee (while still contributing to the roads).

  4. They need to figure out how to get funds for roads and bridges. Gas tax allows them to do that. With electricity most people will be charging at home and will not pay the tax. The roads don’t maintain themself sadly.

  5. I think these taxes will become quite common. The tax is probably cheaper than foregone petrol and diesel taxes. Better to introduce the taxes now while ev ownership is relatively low

  6. The state of Michigan(my home state) charges the following on top of normal yearly registration:

    $135 ($100.00 Electric fee + $35.00 Electric Gas tax fee).

    The $35 gas tax works out to 187.16 gallons worth of gas tax. I’m fine with that. What the hell is an “electric fee”?

  7. I live in Missouri and we have an EV tax as well. In a normal year I drive about 15,000 miles a year. I now have a Chevy Bolt and I came from a VW GTI. My daily commute was all at highway speed so my average annual mileage would come in around 29mpg.

    So that equates to using 517 gallons of gas. Missouri’s state fuel tax is 17 cents per gallon so I was paying $87 in fuel taxes to the state.

    Our states EV tax is $81. So for me it is slightly cheaper, but the vast majority of drivers are not averaging 15K miles per year. So those coming from reasonably efficient cars and driving 12K or less a year are likely getting screwed on the EV tax.

    Last year I only drove 8,000 miles. So if I had kept my VW I would have paid $47 in fuel taxes. But I still had to pay the $81 Missouri EV tax because it is a fixed amount regardless of the EV you have and how much you drive.

    Due to the low number of EV drivers compared to ICE drivers there just isn’t much interest in changing the EV tax. Based on miles driven would be the best way, but then you need to develop a system to report your mileage to reduce fraudulent reporting.

  8. Some context: The Saskatchewan government is barely more than a lobby group for the oil industry there. And two weeks ago they lost a supreme court challenge against the federally mandated carbon tax. This isn’t some abstract public policy measure.

  9. Gasoline taxes dedicated for highway construction and maintenance came into being back when automobiles were the play things of the rich and it was not politically possible to get the roads up to the standards desired by the rich using general funds. By proposing a tax that most people didn’t pay made it politically acceptable to the working classes to pass while dedicating the funds to highway construction and maintenance made it acceptable to the rich.

    Since the vast majority of people in North America are drivers and car owners nowadays the need for a separate road tax mostly has tradition behind it. For example, we use general fund money for the military as it is considered a common good. Roads are also a common good.

    We could theoretically do the same for roads as the military. And, in fact, we do to a small extent in the US as the fuel tax has been insufficient for some time and rather than raise the gas tax at the Federal level congress has back filled from the general fund.

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