15 Feb '12, 8pm

No free rides: States consider taxing electric cars, by @ghanscom

No free rides: States consider taxing electric cars, by @ghanscom

Electric cars are finally picking up speed on American roads after being stalled out for a decade or two. The new cars are zippy, they corner like they’re on rails, and they’re a hell of a lot cheaper to drive than the gas burning kind. But that last part might change: Several states, including Washington and Arizona, are now considering taxing electric vehicles. And while many electric car drivers seem game, others are concerned that a tax could bomb a nascent industry on the runway, just as it is finally about to take off. To understand what’s up, it helps to take a short detour through U.S. history. (I promise, it’ll only sting a little.) Back in the early 1900s, the federal and state governments cooked up a smart way to scrape together enough money to build and maintain a road system that remains the envy of the world. They levied a tax on gasoline. Gas taxes, which no...

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