Translation: we want you taxpayers to subsidize the people that buy our cars. Even if you don't want one of these, we want to use the government to carve a chunk out of you for our benefit anyway.Overall, Sommer's main emphasis was on the need for increased government support of electric cars.
Very short-sighted. Tax payers have subsidized the ownership of cars for years. Who paid for highways, interstates, etc? Tax payers. Can't you picture a future in which a majority of cars are powered by electricity?Translation: we want you taxpayers to subsidize the people that buy our cars. Even if you don't want one of these, we want to use the government to carve a chunk out of you for our benefit anyway.
My reply: <bleep> you, and the car you drove. In the same manner that I oppose public financing of sport arenas, I should not have to pay for something that I will never use. It is unfair, unethical, immoral, and would be unconstitutional if we had but a few wisps of intelligence and morality left in congress and the judiciary. This would be an expenditure that will benefit a few privileged people, not anywhere near even a majority. That ain't no way to run a railroad, boys.
Very short-sighted. Tax payers have subsidized the ownership of cars for years. Who paid for highways, interstates, etc? Tax payers. Can't you picture a future in which a majority of cars are powered by electricity?
Imagine two technological breakthroughs happen: 1. Batteries improve so the range of even the least expensive electric is 250 miles on a charge. 2. Charging improves so a full charge takes 15 minutes or less.
Agreed, around here it is the Amish. Those horses poop all over the roads, and the metal shoes on their feet sure put a hurting on the asphalt. The worst roads in the county are the roads that lead from their houses to their places of work!Not that fuel tax is a sensical way to pay for the roads anyway, because the most damaging vehicles are far more efficient per pound than cars.
Probably won't be a whole lot of tax income there, on the average, the batteries are living quite some time. Besides, when the batteries are purchased, you're already paying a sales tax.I foresee a tax on batteries.
Also, the battery is a wear item that will need replacing multiple times throughout the life of the car, so it is a better target than the car itself, when it comes to taxation.
States, like VA, are already tacking reg fees on hybrids/electrics. The question vs. gas taxes, is the fairness of a reg fee on that driver who doesn't use their car much? Tack it on to my easy-pass. Done.Kinda makes the case for electrics having to have to pay a mileage tax at registration renewal time. Seeing that fossil fueled vehicles are paying for it at the pump, the electrics are going to have to pay their fair share someplace. The governments are letting them get away with it now to promote the sale of electrics, but if they wind up becoming mainstream (And that's still remains to be seen), at some point the government is going to have to raise the tax revenue they're going to lose on fossil fuel taxes somewhere.