MemberSeptember 21, 2021 at 6:57 am
The current set of EV taxes are clearly designed to discourage EV ownership not as a revenue source. There aren’t enough EVs on the roads at this point to significantly effect gas taxes. Also what all of the current EV taxes have in common is that they are at a fixed rate, unrelated to mileage or weight. Gas taxes don’t work that way, they are based on the miles driven/MPG. Heavier less efficient vehicles pay more which accounts for both their higher tail pipe emissions and their road damage. A fair tax would replicate the gas tax. States already have the miles driven from every car because of the annual inspection or alternatively could be obtained from the automakers because all modern cars report their telemetry over the Internet. The weight and EPA MPGe is also known for each car model. It would be easy to replicate the gas tax and include it in the annual excise tax bill.