gitgeezer wrote: ↑
Wed May 01, 2019 9:43 pm
Has anyone mentioned the road tax issue? Because e-cars do not use gasoline, and therefore do not pay the tax on gasoline that is used for highway construction and repair, they're essentially using the highways for free. Shouldn't they be taxed in some way?
Yeah - there is a lot of discussion about fairness. I trust our government in the US to just layer on new taxes unrelated to gasoline. For example, if you buy tires, you automatically pay a recycling fee. Whether or not they are properly recycled seems irrelevant, because you pay the tax either way. It could be handled simply in the licensing fees with a factor for odometer numbers, i.e., the more miles you drive, the bigger your licensing fees.
I have even seen talk of eliminating gas taxes altogether, in preference to a carbon tax on gas purchased in combo with licensing fees based upon odometer readings, i.e., miles driven. That would be the most fair in my mind in terms of both vehicle types being taxed appropriately. But I also trust our politicians to mess it all up.