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Offline corbe

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Illinois might start charging $1,000 per year to own an electric vehicle: 'It's outrageous'

By Robert Channick


A proposed hike in Illinois’ annual registration fee for electric vehicles, from $17.50 to $1,000, is being called unfair by current EV owners, and a sales disincentive by manufacturers — just as the new technology is beginning to gain broader traction.


“It’s outrageous,” said Nicoletta Skarlatos, 56, of Chicago, who bought a Tesla Model S five years ago. “I thought Illinois was progressive and would want to encourage EV ownership.”

Aimed at raising money to make overdue road improvements across Illinois, the proposed legislation would also more than double the state’s gas tax to 44 cents a gallon and raise the registration fee for standard vehicles to $148, from $98, among other elements.

But the kicker is a nearly 60-fold increase in the electric vehicle registration fee — one that is sure to cause sticker shock across a nascent segment of the auto industry, which has depended on government incentives to entice early adopters.


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http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-electric-vehicle-fee-illinois-20190509-story.html
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Offline Smokin Joe

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Well, they don't pay highway use taxes for gasoline or diesel, why should they get to drive on roads others pay for with state and federal fuel taxes?  :shrug:
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“It’s outrageous,” said Nicoletta Skarlatos, 56, of Chicago, who bought a Tesla Model S five years ago. “I thought Illinois was progressive and would want to encourage EV ownership.”

Hint for ya there lady.

[Actually, I kind of see this as IL stealing a piece of the federal EV incentive for themselves]
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Oh, suddenly liberals have a problem with taxes.


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