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China will eliminate annual taxes on some electric vehicles. The exemptions to the 2012 Vehicle and Vessel Tax affect commercial EVs, including plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles. China also said that taxes will be cut in half for other "energy-saving cars and ships." China has not specified which specific models will enjoy the tax cuts, but in the past it has prioritized domestic vehicle brands. Along with building more charging infrastructure and providing other tax breaks and vehicle subsidies, China hopes to promote emissions-free vehicles and cleaner air in its cities. Read more at Hybrid Cars.

EV supporters in Georgia are considering lawsuits over the new road use fee. The Transportation Funding Act of 2015 removed the state's tax credit for alternative fuel vehicles, and added a $200 yearly road use fee for EV owners. Supporters of electric vehicles feel the fee unfairly targets drivers of green cars. "We will challenge the state for discriminating against electric vehicles, for arbitrarily creating a fee without any scientific or economical due diligence," says EV Club of the South President Michael Beinenson. Many worry EV sales will fall off after the tax credits expire and the road use fee begins. Read more at Hybrid Cars.

Tesla will open up a Model S to hackers at the Def Con hacking conference. While Tesla denied it would have a car available for hacking, sources close to Tesla's security operations say that Tesla will, in fact, allow hackers to access the car's connected components. This allows Tesla to find any gaps in security and fix them, and it gives the company the opportunity to recruit any standout talent. Def Con 23 takes place in Las Vegas from August 6 to 9. Read more from Forbes.

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