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USA: States Mull Electric-Vehicle Incentives, Impediments

Ill. fee hike would fund rebates; Kansas bill would impose EV “gas” tax

CSP Daily News | January 27, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A new report designed to spark electric vehicle (EV) usage in Illinois calls for a $1 boost in the state license plate fee to help bankroll rebates and grants for alternative fuel vehicles, reported the Bloomington Pantagraph.

The additional fee, which would hike the state’s standard license plate renewal cost to $100 annually, is among a lengthy list of recommendations contained in a report forwarded to members of the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Pat Quinn by the state’s Electric Vehicle Advisory Council.

The panel’s recommendations are designed to get 100,000 EVs on Illinois roads by 2015.

Kate Tomford, an energy specialist at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity who chaired the committee, said the group chose an “aggressive” goal to signal to the EV industry that Illinois is serious about expansion.

“We did that intentionally to set a higher bar,” Tomford told the newspaper.

A number of industry experts predict Illinois will see between 18,000 and 20,000 EVs on its roads by 2015. Some put the estimates as high as 80,000. The 100,000-mark representatives one-tenth of President Barack Obama’s goal of getting one million electric vehicles on the nation’s roads by 2015.

In addition to bringing more EVs to the streets, the council said it wants lawmakers to approve changes in state law to help jumpstart development of charging stations, said the report.
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