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article imageStates embrace anti-EV movement by penalizing electric car owners

By Karen Graham     Feb 21, 2017 in Technology
An attack on consumers buying electric vehicles in the U.S. was started in 2015. A number of states have already implemented yearly fees on electric and hybrid vehicles, ranging from $50 to $300 per year, and there is more legislation coming in 2017.
Now that technology and innovation have taken flight, allowing for the production of economic electric and hybrid vehicles in the U.S., the automotive industry and EV-owners have been hit right in the pocketbook. And it's no secret the petroleum industry is mobilizing against the electrification of vehicles with an anti-EV campaign.
The most "likely" source of the anti-EV campaign can be laid at the feet of the Koch brothers and a number of other multinational petroleum corporations who fear the threat EVs place on the coal and oil industries, says the Sierra Club.
The 2015 Nissan Leaf S
The 2015 Nissan Leaf S
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But there is some truth to the story because Koch industries have already spent $19 million on the campaign and intends to spend $10 million every year to boost petroleum-based transportation and attack governmental support for clean energy and EVs, according to the Huffington Post in February 2016. But being slick businessmen, they aren't doing this directly but using someone else to do the dirty work.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
ALEC calls itself the largest “membership association of state legislators," although 98 percent of its revenues come from big corporations and corporate foundations. This group also claims responsibility for the election of quite a number of state legislators to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
The Koch brothers have spent millions funding climate change denial.
The Koch brothers have spent millions funding climate change denial.
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And believe this - This group is responsible for legislation submitted to undermine environmental regulations and deny climate change; support school privatization; undercut health care reform; defund unions and limit their political influence, as well as a number of other bills.
Anti-EV fees imposed by states
This brings us to anti-EV legislation that has already been passed in the states of Wyoming, Colorado, Virginia, Nebraska, Missouri, Washington, North Carolina, Idaho, Georgia, and Michigan that impose user fees on owners of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Since the start of 2017, Indiana, South Carolina, Kansas, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Montana have all introduced legislation that would impose similar yearly fees on EV owners. State Department of Transportation offices in Arizona and Arkansas have also recommended that their states impose user fees on EV owners.
As many buyers of EVs know, many states even gave incentives to consumers on EV sales. When EVs first came out, Georgia gave a tax credit of $5,000 for EV purchases. But no more says the Peach State. In 2015, the state started charging EV owners a fee of $200 a year. Since that time, EV sales have dropped 80 percent.
Commuter Traffic along California s El Camino Real and other major highways can get very congested
Commuter Traffic along California's El Camino Real and other major highways can get very congested
Photo by SF Chronicle photographer Kurt Rogers, courtesy of C/CAG of San Mateo County
Paying for transportation infrastructure
Many proponents of a yearly fee on EV owners say that electric vehicles take away from the gas tax used to fund road construction and repairs. But while the gas tax has been in force since 1957, it hasn't risen to keep up with inflation since 1993. So that's a poor excuse for penalizing EV owners.
Proponents also argue that there are too many EVs on the road and this is a big problem. But the facts speak for themselves, folks - Evs account for less than one percent of total automobile sales in the U.S. The real reason for the loss of gas tax revenues is more than likely due to the better fuel efficiency in today's cars and trucks.
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