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Washington State EV Owners to Pay $100 Annual Fee

$100 annual fee to substitute for lost gasoline tax revenues used to support highway and road infrastructure. Law does not apply to low-speed, neighborhood EVs or to hybrids.

Published: 26-Dec-2012

SEATTLE (AP) — Owners of electric cars in Washington state don't pay gasoline or gas taxes, but they're soon going to be hit with a $100 fee to own the battery-operated cars.

A section of Washington state law that takes effect next year will require electric car owners to pay a $100 annual fee for road and highway improvements intended to compensate for the lack of gas taxes they pay.

The law does not apply to hybrid vehicles or to those that don't exceed 35 mph. About 1,600 cars currently registered in the state would likely be subject to the fee, including the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Roadster and some custom electric vehicles, according to the state licensing department. Hybrid vehicles that use electricity and gasoline, such as the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt, are excluded.

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