North Carolina Begins Collecting $100 Electric Car Road Use Fee

Fee includes both all-electric cars like the Nissan LEAF. Hybrids and plug-in hybrids are exempt.

Published: 13-Jan-2014

RALEIGH — The state Division of Motor Vehicles has begun collecting a new $100 annual fee from the owners of all-electric cars, and Nissan Leaf driver Phil Bardsley is fine with that.

“I think it’s fair,” said Bardsley, 61, of Chapel Hill. “Roads need to be maintained, and I use the roads. I think I should be paying to maintain them.”

But he may be in the minority among North Carolina drivers of Leafs, Teslas and other plug-in cars that run entirely on electricity. Among a few dozen who commented last spring when legislators were debating the fee, many cited the environmental benefits of cars that produce zero tailpipe emissions.

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