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Texas Latest To Consider Dedicated Electric Car Tax

If you bought an electric car to try and save a few dollars on gas, you may start to find it a little more difficult in some states.

Texas is the latest to consider an extra tax on electric vehicles to make up for lost gas revenue, helping to raise money for road maintenance.

According to state Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo), increasing registration fees for electric car owners is “one of the options on the table”, The Texas Tribune reports.

Such a scheme would follow on from similar arrangements considered by Virginia, and a $100 fee due in February in Washington state.

Much, like Virginia, Texas gasoline taxes have remained unchanged in 20 years, at 38.4 cents per gallon.

The tax has failed to keep up with inflation, and failed to consider the increasing efficiency of vehicles–meaning revenue streams from gas taxation are waning.

Darby suggests that “electric vehicles that tear up our roads pay their fair share”, though figures from electric car coalition Plug-In Texas say there are currently only 2,000 plug-in vehicles in the state–a drop in the ocean among the millions of gasoline-fueled vehicles in the state..

Plug-In Texas is worried that an extra registration fee will put off customers at a time when electric car adoption is still growing.


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