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New Florida law seeks to make up for lost gas revenue with annual registration fee for electric vehicles

New Florida Law Seeks To Make Up For Lost Gas Revenue With Annual Registration Fee For Electric Vehicles

Senator Ed Hooper of Tampa Bay introduced a new bill that aims to recover lost gas tax revenue by implementing an annual registration fee for electric vehicle owners in Florida. Under the proposed legislation, all electric cars would be subject to a $200 fee, while plug-in hybrids would pay $50, in addition to the existing registration fee.

The main goal of this proposal is to solve the issue of funding for the state’s transportation projects, which are negatively affected by the increasing number of electric vehicles on the roads. Currently, these vehicles do not contribute to the fuel tax, which is a major source of revenue for road infrastructure and maintenance.

Proponents of the project argue that electric vehicle owners should be responsible for their fair share of road funding. EV driver Mickey Ricciardi agreed with this sentiment, saying, “I understand the need to tax EVs… It will take a long time to build the charging network that is needed.”

However, the promoters of the project also emphasized that the registration fee should be used specifically to invest in the development of a strong charging network. This will address a common concern of electric vehicle owners: the lack of easily accessible charging stations.

Gasoline driver Michael Mendes shares his view, suggesting that electric vehicle owners should contribute to road infrastructure because they use the same public roads. He believes that some form of compensation should be established to ensure fairness.

Overall, this proposal seeks to close the funding gap for transportation projects due to the rise of electric vehicles. By implementing the registration fee, Senator Hooper hopes to not only generate revenue, but also invest in the infrastructure needed to support the growing number of electric vehicles on Florida’s roads.

1. Gasoline Tax: A tax imposed on the sale of gasoline, mostly used to finance transportation and highway maintenance projects.
2. Fully electric vehicles: Vehicles that rely solely on electricity as a source of energy, without an internal combustion engine.
3. Plug-in hybrids: Vehicles that combine an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, allowing the use of gasoline and electricity.

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