By Ben Jervey
Drivers of electric cars are being unfairly punished by punitive fees in several states, according to a newly published analysis by Consumer Reports. Legislators in 26 states have enacted or proposed special registration fees for electric vehicles (EVs) that the consumer advocacy group found to be more expensive than the gas taxes paid by the driver of an average new gasoline vehicle.
www.desmogblog.com<p>In 2019, eight states passed new fees for <span style="background-color: initial;">EV</span> registrations or increased current fees, and of these, Consumer Reports found that all but one would be "extremely punitive" — or would cost <span style="background-color: initial;">EV</span> drivers at least 50 percent more than the gas taxes paid by the driver of an average new gas-powered car.</p><p>All told, there are already 18 states with EV fees higher than the annual gas tax equivalent for an average new car, and at least eight more punitive fees have been proposed. </p><p>The current highest fees in place are found in Arkansas and Wyoming, where EV owners must pay what a driver of a vehicle that gets 13 miles per gallon does in gasoline taxes. </p><p>The highest proposed fees are in Missouri and Arizona, which would translate to the gas tax paid by a vehicle that gets 9 to 10 miles per gallon.</p>