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Texas Considers Taxing Electric Cars,

Part of the price we pay for every gallon of gas we put in our cars is tax, Texas charges 38.4¢/gal, which goes toward transportation infrastructure, including road maintenance and running traffic lights, amongst other things. While Texas hasn’t raised this tax in twenty years, vehicle fuel efficiency has almost doubled, meaning that vehicles are traveling Texas roads nearly twice as many miles per tax dollar. The clear solution to this would be to raise the gas tax, which would help pay for the extra miles that are being driven.

What about vehicles that use zero fuel? Electric vehicles [EV] certainly travel Texas roads, but if they pay no gas tax, then who gets to pay for road maintenance? The logic is sound, but isn’t going to be good news for EV and plug-in hybrid owners, who are going to be taxed separately.


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