Flurry of State Bills Introduced, Likely Backed by Oil Industry, to Penalize Electric Car Drivers

States across the U.S. have been introducing legislation that would punish people for switching to electric vehicles. Since the start of 2017, six states (Indiana, South Carolina, Kansas, Tennessee, New Hampshire, and Montana) have introduced legislation that would require EV owners to pay a fee of up to $180 a year.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time people have been penalized for driving green. Wyoming, Colorado, Virginia, Nebraska, Missouri, Washington, North Carolina, Idaho, Georgia, and Michigan have all implemented yearly fees on electric and hybrid vehicles that vary from $50 to $300 per driver per year.  Arizona’s and Arkansas’ respective Department of Transportations are also suggesting  legislators cast a fee for EV ownership. Georgia, formerly the state with the second most EV sales, used to offer a tax credit of up to $5,000, but replaced the program with a $200 yearly fee that led to an 80 percent drop in EV sales… (more)

“EV Drivers Under Attack: Cleaner, greener, and fun to drive, electric vehicles are, not surprisingly, rising in popularity. Yet states across the U.S. have been introducing legislation that would punish people for switching to EVs. Already this year, six states have introduced legislation that would require EV owners to pay a fee of up to $180 a year. Learn more and find out how we can fight back.”

The map does not yet include California, however, if the Governor can get a super majority to agree to it, the state could charge EV owners higher fees and remove some of their incentives and exceptions, such as free use of HOV lanes. Will Sierra Club continue to protect EV drivers in California? If you are a member you should let them know how you feel about this. You should also let your state reps know how your feel about keeping these incentives alive.

For once we have an industry that is cleaning itself up and the last thing we need to do is make it harder for them to do that. For an idea on how important this is to the world wide new car market, take a look at the Sierra Club guide of EV plug-ins.

When we get the details on the legislation that is being developed to remove the EV incentives in California, we will post it. If you have that info and care to share it, please do in a comment here.

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Urge your governor to support the transition to electric vehicles

“As long as there’s demand for oil, oil companies will try to drill anywhere they can — including the Arctic, Canada’s tar sands, or fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale. Moving from gas guzzlers to electric vehicles will help take a big bite out of demand for this polluting, climate-harming oil.

Electric vehicles are better for the environment than conventional cars, even factoring in the emissions from the electricity used to power them. They are also cheaper to maintain and fuel than conventional vehicles. That’s why sales of electric cars are growing every year, but we need more EV-friendly policies to encourage a faster transition to an electrified transportation system.

Many of the most effective policies are at the state level. Take a moment to urge your governor to support EV-friendly policies that will make electric vehicles cheaper and more convenient in your state!.. (more)

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