31 Dec '12, 6pm

Politics as Usual: Washington State's $100 EV Tax Doesn't Make Sense

Politics as Usual: Washington State's $100 EV Tax Doesn't Make Sense

Charging up at the Jefferson Park Jubilee in Seattle: Washington is EV-conscious. (Flickr/LitlNemo) When I wrote this, Congress was still debating a deal only hours before reaching the fiscal cliff, proving that political posturing is more important than actual results in the nation's capital. But that’s true not only in Washington, D.C.—they’re acting just as dumb in Washington State, where beginning in February battery electric car owners will pay an annual $100 fee in lieu of gasoline taxes. One Hand Giveth, the Other Takes it Away Why is it dumb? Well, Washington also exempts battery electrics from the 6.5 percent state sales tax (and exempts charging station parts and labor), so isn’t the state incentivizing electrics with one hand and penalizing them on the other? Maybe it would make more sense to have owners pay a fee based on the actual miles they drive, or simply ...

Full article: http://www.plugincars.com/politics-usual-washington-state...

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