Unchanged since 1991, Texas’ gas tax is one of the cheapest in the country. Now, its new EV fees are among the most expensive. That’s no accident, experts and advocates say. A growing number of mostly Republican-led states are adding speed bumps to electric vehicles — from new taxes on drivers using charging stations, to limits on how automakers sell EVs, to registration fees that critics call punitive.
Conservative States Are Piling New Taxes On EVs
Such fees, Politico reports, are part of a growing trend that sees lawmakers in red states resist the Biden administration’s plans to cut carbon emissions from transportation by encouraging a pivot to EVs. In response to incentives like tax breaks as part of the Inflation Reduction Act, local governments are deploying new fees that could discourage anyone that’s on the fence about switching to a battery-powered car. Politico adds:
“It’s a barrier to adoption,” said Albert Gore, executive director of the Zero Emission Transportation Association, a trade group.