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Senate eyes EV fees to pay for highway bill

Senate eyes EV fees to pay for highway bill

E&E News
Geof Koss and Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporters
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Key senators are considering imposing new federal user fees on electric vehicles to help pay for the chamber's $287 billion surface transportation bill.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the ranking member on the Environment and Public Works Committee, told E&E News he was looking at various state approaches to charging user fees on EVs — including annual fees or registration fees — as a means of raising revenue to pay for the five-year highway bill that passed the panel before the August recess.

"The principle is those who use roads, highways and bridges should help pay for them," Carper said yesterday. "Those who use vehicles that don't use any gas or diesel need to find a way to help pay for it. The states have already experimented with that. So we have a lot of good examples from what states are doing."

EPW Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who has sought to eliminate the federal EV tax credit, confirmed that new user fees are in the mix of possible pay-fors for the highway bill... FULL ARTICLE

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