Neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) are about to get their status upgraded in British Columbia. Currently, NEVs are lumped with tractors in the slow-moving vehicle category which means, like tractors, they can drive on public roads with speed limits up to 50 KPH (31 MPH) as long as they have an "overhead amber light" and a large orange triangular sign displayed. Oh, and the four-way flashers must be blinking just for good measure.
Carole Taylor, Finance Minister of Canada's western-most province (British Columbia) delivered the provincial budget on Tuesday and introduced what would be the first carbon tax in North America. The tax will be applied to fossil fuels used for driving and heating at $10 per tonne of greenhouse gases emitted. That will amount to roughly 9.1 cents per U.S. gallon on gasoline starting on July 1 of this year. That amount will gradually rise to $30 per tonne in 2012. The $1.85 billion raised by the