MemberSeptember 2, 2021 at 5:39 am
EV taxes at this point are deliberate attempts to slow EV adoption. Eventually the taxation scheme will have to change when EVs reach a significant percentage of the overall fleet but that won’t be for a while. Today EVs represent about 1% or less in most states, only California has a large enough number of EVs to effect road tax revenue. Fixed taxes are unfair, the person who does 3000 miles a year pays the same as some one who does 30,000. The gas tax is the fairest of all taxes because it’s a true road use tax, it combines vehicle miles with vehicle weight and it also captures environment costs. Efficient cars, which are smaller and lighter, pay less than inefficient vehicles that are large and heavy.
In the future there needs to be a new tax that will replace gas taxes but works similarly. The simplest would be increased tolling, EZ Pass has made tolling frictionless , you erect gantries over roads that don’t effect speed the way old fashion toll booths did so there is no effect on traffic flow. Tolls measure road use in the same way that gas consumption does. Another alternative is an annual mileage tax. States already have the information required because they collect it at the annual inspection. A mileage tax could exactly mimic the gas tax because the weight of each vehicle is known, the tax can be based on miles * weight. You could also do a tax based on KWhs used, that’s exactly the same as the gas tax. BTW you don’t need the mileage that’s captured in the inspection because all modern cars are Internet connected, the mileage or the energy consumption could be reported by the manufacturers of the car.