PA House Bill 1392 - Proposal for $250/year tax on EVs

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Bigriver

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Here is a link to some proposed legislation in Pennsylvania that would add a $250 component to our yearly car registration for electric vehicles:
https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdoc...y.cfm?syear=2019&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=1392

In my online searches on this topic, I also came across this PA policy roadmap, written earlier this year, that lays out a framework to increase the adoption of electric vehicles in the state:
http://files.dep.state.pa.us/Energy/OfficeofPollutionPrevention/StateEnergyProgram/PAEVRoadmap.pdf

It seems that the right hand and left hand are doing very different things here. Clearly, the proposed $250/vehicle tax does not encourage EV ownership. Although I understand that the road infrastructure needs to be supported, the $250 price tag seems disproportionate to me. And I think it deviates substantially from a gas tax, because it does not scale according to usage. The little old lady who only drives her EV to church on Sundays pays the same amount as the youngster burning up multiple sets of tires per year due to his high usage.

I am not politically astute and have rarely written to any government representative. Thinking about doing so for this topic. Here is the link to find out who your representative is:
https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/
 

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As an outside observer I definitely see both sides - but I think the overhead with proving odometer readings and/or proving that the miles were put on in the local state is to onerous, so they have to pick an average 'road tax lost from gas sales' to charge every EV.
 

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I wonder if the 'wear and tear' by ever EV equates to the same by pickups and SUVs - the problem with these blanket taxes is perceived fairness. Also, even so I tend to favor not further discouraging EV purchases; environmental quality has a huge cost that is too often ignored
 

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Why not just pay the tax during inspection? PA required inspection and mileage is recorded at that time.

regarding adoption of EVs. Was there a pa incentive for buying an ev? My neighbor who had a model 3 too said there was and he got 1k. But at time of purchase i thought it said EVs under 50k so mine wasn’t eligible. But his car was over 50k and they gave it to him.
 

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Was there a pa incentive for buying an ev? My neighbor who had a model 3 too said there was and he got 1k. But at time of purchase i thought it said EVs under 50k so mine wasn’t eligible. But his car was over 50k and they gave it to him.
They've tweaked that program several times. I think they had bumped it up to $60k at one point.
 

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When I lived in NC & had my Model S around 2014, the state imposed a similar tax on EVs. $200/year for BEVs & $100/year for hybrids.