Oregon Next in Line for Electric Car Tax
In case you were wondering, it has something to do with making up for lost gas revenue as well. Since current gasoline tax covers about 60 percent of Oregon's funding for state, county and city road project, new revenue is more than needed, especially with the increasing number of electric cars seen on the road.
The whole process might be a little easier to implement in Oregon though, since the "Beaver State" can benefit from past electric car experience acquired after being involved with the North to South Electric Pacific Coast Corridor, along Washington State.
So what are we to expect in Oregon? According to the House Bill 2453, which was submitted to its first public hearing last week, the State wants to apply a tax on miles driven for electric vehicles. The lawmakers are thinking of a charge of up to 1.56 cents per mile that would mean an annual fee of about $234 for an EV owner who drives 15,000 miles.
"You have folks in pickup trucks who are paying far more than their fair share and you have folks in hybrids or electric vehicles who are paying nothing to the roads system," said Craig Campbell, a lobbyist representing AAA, according to Register Guard.
Implementing the new charge will undoubtedly be very challenging for Oregon, who doesn't have a collecting strategy yet, so we'll just have to see where this is going.