GM Opposes Senate’s Bill on Electric Car Fee image

General Motors opposes the Washington State bill which sais that a fee of $100 should be paid per year by electric-vehicles drivers.

On March 6th, GM Regional Director Howard Lenox, Jr. wrote a letter to Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, in which he declares that the automaker of Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in hybrid is against the bill. The State gave this bill as a method for EV drivers to compensate for the gas taxes that they otherwise wouldn’t be paying.

“A fee which singles out electric vehicles will be a disincentive to the growth of the electric vehicle market in Washington State,” Lenox wrote in the letter. “As a practical matter, there are so few vehicles on Washington’s roads today that their impact in replacing fuel tax revenues will, for now, be negligible.”

Volt drivers are not subjects of this bill since the car’s onboard generator is gas-powered, but GM plans in the near future to electrify more of its fleet to meet more stringent greenhouse-gas emissions requirements.

Bill 5251, was passed last month, introduced by Mary Haugen, the Senate’s transportation committee chairwoman. The fee is expected to add $1.9 million to the state’s coffers by 2017. Arizona, Oregon and Kansas are among other states looking at instituting fees that specifically target electric vehicle drivers.