Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Electric Car Owners Face $100 Fee In 2013

The price of owning an electric vehicle in Washington State is about to go up. After Feb. 1, 2013, owners of the battery-powered cars will be required to pay a $100 annual fee for road and highway improvements intended to compensate for the lack of gas taxes they pay.

Supporters of the fee say electric cars put the same wear and tear on roads that gas vehicles do and should pay their share for the road’s upkeep. Those who oppose it feel they are being punished for trying to do something good for the environment and point out that they're paying for the extra electricity they use to charge their cars.

Here's more from the Spokesman-Review. What do you think- is it fair to charge electric vehicle owners or is it a case of no good deed going unpunished?

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