Florida might start charging EV owners a new tax soon. People who live in the state and drive cars that run on gas already pay a state tax when they fill up. If the bill passes, Florida would be one of more than 30 states in the US to put a tax on EVs.
On Tuesday, senators from the state’s Committee of Transportation got together to talk about the fee for owners of electric vehicles. Cindy Price, the Chief Legislative Analyst for the Senate, said, “It is said that electric vehicle owners may not be paying their fair share of the cost of building and maintaining public roads by paying traditional registration fees.”
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Adding a fee just for electric vehicle owners would be on top of the fee they already pay to register a regular car in the state. The Centre Square says that hybrid vehicles could also end up having to pay an extra fee, even though they already pay for gas. It looks like that fee would be less than the one that EV owners have to pay.
Sen. Nick DiCeglie, who is in charge of the committee, says that similar bills have already been filed in 31 states. That includes fees that can be anywhere from $45 to $200, depending on the state and the car. Different states set the fee in different ways, sometimes based on the size of the vehicle and sometimes on the parts of the drivetrain.
Some states put the money into a general fund for road maintenance, while others use it to build infrastructure for electric cars. How Florida will spend the money is still unknown. In fact, the committee is still figuring out how much to charge, how to set different fee amounts, and when these fees will go into effect. In the end, annual fees for EV owners in Florida are likely to go up in the near future.
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