Add Arizona to List of States Seeking to Impose Road Use Tax/Fee on Electric Vehicle Drivers


These sort of posts now dot our pages with such frequency that it seems soon all states will have a “let’s tax electric vehicles for road use to make up for gas tax shortages” post somewhere on this

Arizona is now considering adding itself to our “let’s be naughty to electric vehicle owners” list.

Again, we reiterate that we do support making electric vehicle owners “pay their fair share,” but now’s not the time to do this as the electric vehicle industry is too young to be hit with this.

End rant….

In Arizona, Senator Steve Farley, a Democrat from Tucson, says this:

“The intent is that people who use the roads pay for them.  Just because we have somebody who is getting out of doing it because they have an alternative form of fuel, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t pay for the roads.”

As in other states, Arizona is facing a shortfall in road maintenance funds.  The state blames this on the rise of fuel-efficient vehicles and seeks to target owners of electric vehicles to impose a fee upon to make up for this shortfall.

Arizona’s bill calls for imposing a tax on electric vehicles of 1 cent per mile driven on the state’s highways, amounting to an average of $120 annually.

Fortunately, this measure is “dead in the water” for now, mainly because the state can’t determine how it would calculate and collect the fee, but were sure it’ll be revived at some point in the near future.

Anyways, it seems electric vehicle owners across the nation had better get ready to pay some sort of road-use fee, because that’s the way it looks like it’ll be in the future.

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8 Comments on "Add Arizona to List of States Seeking to Impose Road Use Tax/Fee on Electric Vehicle Drivers"

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Eric Cote

It seems that we need to organize against this, and fight it. It’s too early, and too discriminatory, for such a narrow policy.

Is or others going to try and fight this?


Arizona’s gas tax is $0.18 per gal so at one cent per mile they are taxing EVs at the same rate as a vehicle getting 18mpg. What is fair about this? I can see maybe half of that so it is the equivalent to 36mpg. They seem to want to penalize someone for doing something good for the environment, air we breath and not sending money to unstable regions of the world.

The reason the states have problems with maintaining the roads is because they have not raised the federal gas tax since 1993. Everything has increased in price since then except the amount we collect to maintain the roads. It is not a difficult equation to figure out where the problem is and it is not in EVs paying their fair share.

Richard Noe


Rolf Elwell

I would like to express the opposite opinion to the author and commenters. As an owner of a Ford Focus Electric in WA state, I get to pay the “road tax” and I am happy to do it. The amount is so low that it WILL NOT cause anybody to avoid buying an electric vehicle, and therefore not an impact on the EV industry. Who would give up the right to drive in the carpool lane for a mere $8 per month? On the other had, not taxing us at a reasonable rate gives the anti-EV people an argument for not supporting EVs, as we are a leech on the roadway. Don’t forget, most of our EVs weigh more than a typical car and therefore do more damage to the roadway. Bottom line, don’t give the anti-EV people another argument against EVs by complaining about a very reasonable charge, and sounding like you don’t support having good roadways.



Marc Lausier

I drive a LEAF and provide my own electricity with solar panels so that from a ‘fuel-for -transportation’ standpoint my car is ZERO emission. Although I’m generally opposed to ‘cap & trade’ and the whole industrial ‘carbon credit’ scheme, if states are going to initiate EV fees to compensate for the current inadequate gas tax system, how about throwing a few ‘carbon credits’ my way and call it even!!!


All cars and trucks should be taxed by miles and weight….end of story..



Horses, bicycles, etc?
They need to remember to tax $1,000 to wheelchairs and per shoe too,
To cover all the foot traffic…