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 |  Jun 10 2013, 8:32 AM

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While the U.S. government is working hard to increase fuel efficiency from automakers, certain states are now looking to tax those hybrids and electric vehicles to help recover lost gas taxes.

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 |  Mar 16 2012, 4:31 PM

Washington State doesn’t like people buying electric vehicles (EVs), or so it seems based on a proposed law to penalize EV owners. 

While the Federal Government is offering a $7,500 tax credit to those that wish to buy an EV, the Washington State Government wants to penalize owners to the tune of $100 a year because they will never buy gasoline. The reason? Not buying gas means not paying for gas taxes.

If the law passes, Washington will become the first state to impose a tax on EV owners rather than offering an incentive. Stranger still is that Washington is generally a blue-voting state, yet this law seems to contradict the White House’s goal for a million EVs on the road by 2015.

That aside, isn’t it presumptuous to assume that someone who owns an EV won’t buy gas? Maybe not in the same quantity as before, but under that logic anyone who buys a new vehicle should incur some sort of fine for burning less fuel.

Washington lawmakers also seem to have overlooked the fact that pure EVs also aren’t capable of long-distance trips yet, meaning most owners will still own a gasoline-powered car for distance driving.

Residents in the state of Washington that are electric vehicle owners – and even those that are not – are fighting the bill, which they have successfully done in the past. Feel free to join the conversation by contacting your representative in the Washington legislature and Governor Chris Gregoire to remove the Electric Vehicle Fee from Senate Bill 6455.

[Source: The Future is Electric]