Anyone purchasing an EV in the state of Washington will have to pay an extra $100 with their registration – a bit counter-intuitive, considering that the government generally promotes EV purchases with incentives. You see, owners of gasoline-powered vehicles in WA pay an annual gasoline tax, and this new EV fee ensures that all drivers pay for the annual upkeep of roads.

According to the new rule, vehicles powered by electricity and capable of speeds in excess of 35 miles per hour will have to pay $100 with their registration, starting on or after February 1, 2013. "$100 isn't that big of a deal, but it's not well-balanced policy," says Jay Friedland, legislative director of Plug In America. "EV drivers really want to pay their fair share," he continued,"but it seems ridiculous from a policy standpoint."

It does seem incongruous due to the fact that the state offers tax exemptions for the purchase of EVs. It should also be noted that the new fee provides for "evaluating the feasibility of transitioning from a revenue collection system based on fuel taxes to a road user assessment system." For us, it might be a moment of bureaucratic irony, but for EV drivers in Washington state, its $100 more out of their pocket.


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      lifehub
      • 1 Year Ago
      Real men don't drive wind-up cars. lol...
        Jonathan S
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lifehub
        Real men have the balls to test drive wind-up cars and then make an informed opinion
        alderaforall
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lifehub
        naaa they just drop 80 bucks at the gas station every couple days.
      Blargal
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you drive a car, I'll tax the street If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat If you get too cold, I'll tax the heat If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet Taxman
      kentblackdog
      • 1 Year Ago
      And this from,one of the most liberal states in the US---------------It is about the MONEY With liberals, it seems in the final look see----it is always about the MONEY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kentblackdog
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      ucscextension
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL....government will never, ever, have enough money to keep them happy. They will always find a way to extract money from citizens. Has anyone ever done an analysis on how much and how many different ways government extracts money from us? What is left from a pay check after you've paid income tax, sales tax, gas taxes, utility taxes, property taxes, school taxes, various registration taxes, etc, etc??? I'm willing to venture that for every dollar one earns, he/she only has 10 cents to spend on personal items. And it's actually worse than that. After I get to spend my 10 cents, the merchant who collected my money has to pay taxes on that! And what do we get for that? A government that is loaded with high pensioned, zero layoff sloppy employees and substandard services and improvements. To quote that great American Charlie Brown, "Good Grief."
      dal
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would be a good arguement if the state and federal goverment actually used the gas tax money to maintain our infrastructure but we know better, more tax dollars to the goverment only means more money to spend.
      2012 Clark 2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Driving in an electric thin metal car is dangerous. One major crash and your gone and crumpled up.
        dal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2012 Clark 2012
        You truly haven't a clue about DOT's safety standards do you? That myth may have been true in the 50s, 60s, and 70s but not anymore. As for steel in their construction most are made with composite plastics that handle impact much better than steel does. If you think being in one and getting hit by a semi is a death sentence try that in any vehicle smaller that a transfer truck.
        Jonathan S
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2012 Clark 2012
        The type of engine has little to do with safety... Both the Leaf and the Volt have 5 star safety ratings by the way.
      Trisha
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw that coming a mile away. Greed will always trump! I said this from jump start it would just be a matter of time, but everyone with an EV assured me that could NEVER happen (smugly, no less). LMAO now, pay up suckers. And the rest of the states might as well get ready to pay too. $100 this year and before ya'll know it you will pay $400 to help the environment when they find more ways to stick you to death.
      Vito
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't this the same state that has a death tax of $50? And just for s&g's $100 is a big deal. It's food for over a week for my family.
      rawkstar4179
      • 1 Year Ago
      So does this also apply to "plug-in hybrids", like the Chevy Volt? After all, how does the DMV know if the Volt ends up ever using gas? And if the driver does use gas, they're paying the tax that way, so they'd be hit double. Way to think things through.
      mhwyman7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, this outta charge the pinheads up!
      gardenpass
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here in Kentucky/Ohio, they are building a new bridge to cross the Ohio river at Cincinnati, and have said it will be a "Temporary" toll bridge (yeah, right) for 30 years or so because the fuel taxes they collect don't pay for roads like they said it would when those taxes were put in place! You know that absurd 3 to 4 cents per gallon those greedy oil companies make? What happens to the 18.6 cents a gallon ROAD TAX the states collect? The Government gets 6 times as much money per gallon as "those greedy oil companies, but as soon as you need to build a road or a bridge they need a new tax to pay for it! Can you say violation of the public trust and "misappropriation"? Sure, I knew you could.
        nnflfan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gardenpass
        The "temporary" part is the amount of the toll.
      greyeaglemare
      • 1 Year Ago
      I warned that this was going to happen.....the reason....the States are NOT getting enough tax revenue from a gallon of gas and these electric vehicles are NOT paying their FAIR SHARE and still using the roads...no more....
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