So, you live in Seattle and you bought a Chevrolet Volt. Even though it has four wheels, it’s probably safe from getting keyed by some of the environmentalist radicals that live out there. Better yet, you won’t have to pay an extra $100 a year for owning it. That’s because it still carries a gas tank, and the State of Washington is assuming/hoping you occasionally fill up so that they can collect gasoline tax revenue. However, full electric vehicle owners residing in the state will be SOL in that regard.
That’s because the State of Washington passed Senate Bill 5251, introduced by Mary Haugen, the Senate’s transportation committee chairwoman. Awaiting approval of the State’s House of Representatives, the bill plans to tax electric vehicle owners in order to re-cooperate some funds lost from owners not having to fill up, and therefore not having to pay any gasoline tax. Optimistically, the bill would generate $1.9 million for the State by 2017, but it has also managed to irk some automaker — namely General Motors.
To make a statement, GM Regional Director Howard Lenox, Jr. wrote a letter on March 6 to Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire opposing the bill. Lenox argues on behalf of The General that such a bill is “disincentive to the growth of the electric vehicle market in Washington State” and that “so few vehicles on Washington’s roads today that their impact in replacing fuel tax revenues will, for now, be negligible.”
So while General Motors earns its bread on full-sized truck sales, it’s good to know that it’s covering a much broader range of interests. As broad as its product line, it seems. We wonder if Nissan is doing the same for its Leaf owners…