Washington State Lawmakers Issue Huge Tax to Electric Vehicle Owners

Hybrid and electric cars are usually so wonderfully magical and great at saving the earth that governments have often incentivized people to buy them. But in an unusual twist, one state government has decided to tell its Nissan Leaf and Tesla Roadster-owning residents that they can go ahead and suck it.

Starting Feb. 1, drivers in Washington will have to pay an additional $100 annual fee at registration if they own an electric car. This is the result of a law that was passed in their last legislative session, according to the Seattle Times. Why is the state doing this? It’s not because they’re a bunch of V8 Mustang owners who think electric cars are for weenies.

No, the additional fee is to help the state compensate for the gasoline taxes that these electric car owners don’t have to pay anymore. The money supposedly goes towards highway and road improvements.


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  • Yogibare

    Wonder if bicycles will be next? How about the joggers? There has to be some revenue out there that we have not yet tapped.

  • JD Taylor

    Oragon and Virginia are looking to do the same. I think it is another attempt to kill the electric car. We already are paying a lot more to buy the hybrids, PHEV, and EVs and we pay taxes on that. We should not have to pay a yearly added tax! Unless they want to pay us yearly for reducing air/noise pollution and reducing smog. Are they going to charge gas cars and trucks because they need to make sound barriers. This is really stupid! Wait till these vehicles have a chance to be the mainstream. There are so few, they are not going to make any reasonable amount of money. This is meant to be a penalty on those who want to do the right thing. I would like to know how much these politicians are getting from the oil companies.