Here’s a Thought: Owners of Gas Guzzlers Pay Annual Fee to Fund Electric Vehicle Rebates

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 11

Should the Owner of This Bazillion Ton Monster be Charged a Fee to Support Electric Vehicle Rebates?  Why Not!

Should the Owner of This Bazillion Ton Monster be Charged a Fee to Support Electric Vehicle Rebates? Why Not!

Let’s turn the tables on the owners of gas-guzzling vehicles.

Imagine an SUV Owner Sort of Helping the rest of Us in Our Purchase of One of These

Imagine an SUV Owner Sort of Helping the rest of Us in Our Purchase of One of These

You know how several state right now are either considering or have enacted legislation that charges electric vehicles owners an annual fee to make up for loss gas-tax revenue.  While the thought of this seems to have some merit, we think it’s ’bout time the owner of gas-chugging behemoths understand what it’s like to be singled out.

So, here’s our proposal: Let’s charge owner of those gas guzzlers an annual fee (above and beyond the gas guzzler’s tax) to support the purchase of electric vehicles by others.

Here’s how it’ll work: If a vehicle gets a combined MPG rating of below 15, then the owner will pay $100 annually for driving this fuel-consuming machine.  That $100 will go directly into a government established fund for rebates to those who purchase pure electric vehicles.

Make sense?

"Work" Truck, Not to be Confused with "Play" Trucks

“Work” Truck, Not to be Confused with “Play” Trucks

Maybe.  Maybe not, but it does single out a select group of vehicle buyers much in the same way that those annual road-use/gas tax fees do for electric vehicle owners.

Would it work?  Why not?

Sure, some owners of gas guzzlers might complain, but do you think they’d ditch their rides and go electric?  Most likely no, but they could and then they too would benefit from such a program.  If this was the path most often taken, then eventually almost all of the not-needed SUVs and gas-gulping trucks would vanish from the roads.  All that would remain would be actual works trucks and boat-hauling SUVs.

However, most would likely laugh at the $100 annual fee or, perhaps complain about it for a bit, and then continue to drive those vehicles that burn through far too much fuel while simultaneously supporting the purchase of some of the cleanest vehicles in the land.

If this approach seems unacceptable, then at least let’s have those gas-chugging vehicle owners be charged an annual fee that gets put into some sort of clean-energy fund.

Either way, it would be a win for us all, right?

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11 responses to "Here’s a Thought: Owners of Gas Guzzlers Pay Annual Fee to Fund Electric Vehicle Rebates"

  1. Aaron says:

    Why not increase the gas tax $0.01? That would more than cover EV refunds without penalizing any specific gas-burner.

  2. David Murray says:

    Uh… Sorry, I couldn’t even begin to agree with this type of thing. Gas guzzler drivers already have to pay a huge amount for gas, that should be punishment enough for buying such a tank.

    1. Jaesin Mulenex says:

      No one pays the true cost of fuel. Especially not the overconsumers.

  3. tonyspin says:

    I don’t think singling out any group to pay higher taxes for any reason is appropriate in any situation.

    1. Anderlan says:

      Then you’re socialist? The motivation for this is for those that are using up a community service, the stability of the atmosphere, to pay according to their use. The motivation is the same as the idea behind a toll road. Aren’t per-service-use taxes the better way to go, or do we communalize every facet of the commonwealth, no matter what? Your statement of principal isn’t. You’re getting no where without some specific explanation.

  4. Anthony says:

    How about we switch to a VMT tax?

    Round((Weight of Vehicle in lbs) / 1000) * 0.2 cents * (mileage driven in the last 12 months)

    So if you own a Toyota Camry that gets 30MPG 12,000 miles, you’d pay – 4 * 0.2 * 12000 = $96/yr in VMT tax, compared to $73.60 currently paid in federal gas taxes. It would be a slight tax increase for most, but we need to fix our fucking roads and highways in this country.

    Meanwhile, for someone who drives a Volt (like me) instead of only paying $6 in federal gas taxes (at 12K miles and 384MPG), I’d pay roughly the same $96/yr.

  5. Anderlan says:

    None of this anti-EV BS would be getting anywhere in state legislatures except that those with interest in the status quo are feeding legislators money. Big campaign contributions equal winning elections so money equals influence. When the hell are we going to face up to the problem?

    1. Anderlan says:

      I got no problem with money equaling influence, except that supposedly we like having a free market without barriers to entry, and when money equals influence the government will throw up barriers to entry to new players. It’s flipping aristocracy. 20 years since communism died and all God-fearing Americans are in a sort of froth of socialist paranoia. But simple human nature getting in the way of our ideals of real free market capitalism and democracy, are completely and utterly ignored!

  6. DonH says:

    Tax pedestrians, those SOB’s wear out our sidewalks and dont pay a dime.

  7. Steven says:

    Personally, I think it’s a great idea. But it will never pass because of the lobbyists.

  8. Rick says:

    It’s really unfortunate that these taxing schemes are creating an “us vs. them” mentality. I propose that the gas tax be eliminated entirely, to be replaced with a “miles driven” tax, which could be adjusted by the weight of the vehicle. This creates a direct relationship between the tax paid and the use of the road system. How the car is powered becomes irrelevant. Gas taxes worked only when all cars were gas powered.