The debate on taxing hybrid owners to help recover lost gas taxes has hit the state of Michigan, home of the U.S. auto industry.
One of America’s big three, General Motors, is voicing its opposition of a tax on electric and hybrid vehicles, stating that it’s not fair to the consumer or the manufacturers and suppliers of these eco-friendly vehicles. States across America are looking for ways to recover the lost gas taxes from hybrid and electric vehicle owners, tax money that goes towards fixing state roads.
Brian O’Connell, regional director of state government relations for GM believes even a $75 annual fee on green cars could slow market growth in an industry that is still in its infancy. Last year, there were a total of 2,663 electric vehicles and 7,669 hybrids registered in the state of Michigan, and O’Connell agrees with the belief that a tax would be hypocritical. The government is asking automakers to produce more fuel efficient vehicles and at the same time, looking to tax those that own them.
[Source: Automotive News]
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