Everyone loves that new-car smell, but not everyone loves that new-car tax. And whoever in New Jersey thought the extended-range version of the BMW i3 plug-in would be exempt from said tax was sorely mistaken, Green Car Reports says. To paraphrase the Garden State's favorite son, Bruce Springsteen, the first kick those drivers will take is when they hit the ground.

BMW said last year that the BMW REx would qualify for new-car tax exemptions in New Jersey and in Washington State. The car's all-electric range was recently estimated at 72 miles and it has another 87 miles of gas-powered range-extended capability. Unfortunately, the range extender not only tacks on $3,850 to the car's sticker price but adds on almost that much again because New Jersey's seven-percent sales tax applies to all cars with any sort of gas-powered engine. BMW didn't respond to a request for comment about the New Jersey situation from AutoblogGreen.

In other New Jersey electric vehicle news, the Consumer Affairs Committee of the New Jersey State Assembly will discuss the legality of Tesla selling directly to consumbers tomorrow.

The extended-range i3 is involved in a different issue on the other side of the country. BMW said earlier this year that the REx would qualify for California's white zero-emission vehicle stickers that allow for solo access to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. These unlimited white stickers can go on any EV, but the REx version only qualifies for the green stickers, which are designated for plug-in hybrids and extended-range plug-ins and the state has run out of those.


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      2 wheeled menace
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      It's such a shame that buying decisions for cars like these are so dependent on how much stolen money government will give to people. How about letting market demand drive what gets bought? nah, that's too old timey...
      CoolWaters
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      Badly written gov. Regulation? Surely, the car is an EV, and it's battery range will be used extensively. It will be put into more service with the range extender. So, there needs to be an interpretation change or a law change. What we're going for here is a Greater Benefit to Society.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Day Ago
        @CoolWaters
        I cannot speak for NJ, but in WA and CA there are different levels of incentives for EVs and PHEV/EREV/Hybrids. This is intentional; it's not a result of poor writing. Pure EVs have a tremendous sales disadvantage due to the range anxiety felt by buyers. The greater incentive for EVs is there in part to make up for that.
        Rotation
        • 1 Day Ago
        @CoolWaters
        It's not a zero emissions vehicle. It's not an error in interpretation.
          Rotation
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          @Rotation
          It's usage pattern is not better than the LEAF. The LEAF has the same range as the i3 BEV and more than the REx. The mandate applies to zero emissions vehicles. This isn't a zero emissions vehicle. It's not complicated.
          CoolWaters
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Rotation
          It's usage pattern is better then the standard Leaf EV, which will only be driven mostly 50% of capacity. With an 80 mile range the typical Leaf driver drives 40 miles a day max. With an extender, the full 72 miles of range will be driven by many i3 owners. If it's more effective then the Leaf, it should get the Leaf discount.
      itsme38269
      • 1 Day Ago
      I don't see how this was ever in question. If it's got an engine in it, it's not a pure EV. Duh.
        Exooc news
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        @itsme38269
        because that car got small tank (9liters) just to fit "bill" of .cal legislation ... thats why... Legislations are changing how cars are made and .gov then frak them up...