Plug-in vehicle advocates will certainly have Georgia on their mind after reviewing a US Department of Energy list of the ten states that impose special fees for plug-in vehicles. These fees were put into place in order to offset the revenue shortfall from more fuel efficient vehicles, electrified powertrains, and the resulting lower gas taxes. Georgia charges the highest fee out of any state in the country for plug-in vehicles. Idaho is a distant second.

Georgia imposes a $300 annual fee for commercial electric vehicles and $200 for non-commercial plug-ins. Idaho's fees top out at $150 for electric vehicles and $100 for hybrids. Eight other states, including North Carolina, Nebraska, Colorado and Virginia, impose fees ranging from $100 to $43 (oh, those Oregonians always like to make things a little funky, don't they?).

Washington State, which started instituting its $100 electric-vehicle fee about three years ago, boosts that to $150 in July for EVs that can travel at least 30 miles on a single charge. That state's plug-in hybrids with at least a 30-mile electric-only range will receive a $100 tariff. For the full overview of the ten states and how much they charge, take a look at the Energy Department's chart here.

Meanwhile, the feds are doing their part to add revenue streams for much-needed highway repairs as gas taxes fall because of steadily improving fuel economy. This past summer, federal legislators drummed up what's called the DRIVE Act, which is a rather complicated bill designed to help pay for US highway repairs during the next six years. It is still working its way through Congress.

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