Oregon Puts Per-Mile EV Tax On the Table

Oregon House Bill 2453 proposes a per-mile fee to vehicles that get 55 miles per gallon or better efficiency that are produced in 2015 or thereafter.

Published: 04-Mar-2013

Washington, Texas & Virginia. If you recall, it all started a little while back when Washington State decided to tackle the issue of who pays for electric cars on the roads, when gasoline taxes pay for infrastructure and maintenance. With this in mind, they decided to slap on a $100 electric car fee every year to help with infrastructure. See; Washington State Taxes Electric Car Drivers For loss of Gasoline Tax. It wasn’t long before Texas followed step, see; Texas Also Considers Taxing Electric Vehicles and finally Virginia State decided to go all the way with a wild and outrageous plan to do away with gasoline tax and make electric cars pay. See; Virginia State Is Now Also Considering Taxing Electric Vehicles.

Now Oregon Wants To Tax EVs. To be fair, we can’t be too harsh on Oregon for looking into what numbers point, the continuous higher amount of electric cars on the road. The state has already been recognized with early infrastructure implementation for electric cars. So it’s no surprise to see the state considering who pays for roads, infrastructure, lighting when there are more electric cars. Since the current gasoline tax covers about 60 percent in the State, including all funding for state, county and city road projects. With it drying up, the state is eager to find a new revenue.


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