Electric Vehicles are Still Here to Stay

What kind of incentives does the government roll out to encourage people to buy an electric car?

Plenty, as it turns out.

Here in Arizona, you can park that EV in a space designated for carpools and designated spaces in places like shopping centers and government buildings. There are also free charging stations at several locations throughout the Valley. The HOV lane is always open to EV’s, as well. Plus, you can get a tax credit (up to $75) for having an Blink charging station installed in your home.  

EV’s are exempt from emission testing, and, since they use no fuel (or little fuel), they don’t pay the road maintenance tax.  Apparently, that’s where lawmakers are getting a little testy.

 In Norway

In Norway

Maricopa and Pinal counties have already agreed to a tax increase to foot the bill for their own roads, but that still leaves the rest of the state lacking.  HCR 2011 proposes a $30 fee on cars and trucks which is part of their yearly insurance bill. But, a specific tax aimed squarely at EV owners may be coming next. Ten state have already passed measures which require EV owners to pay a special road tax. The highest, in Georgia, is $200 per year. The Arizona legislature has also proposed a flat tax for EV users. And, while it hasn’t passed, predictably, this isn’t going to go away. At some point, Arizona is going to make it’s EV users pay for the road tax on gas they don’t buy. 

 Telsa Model S

Telsa Model S

EV interest became especially high when the price of gas steadily climbed. But, while the price of gas has declined dramatically, the interest in electric and alternative fuel cars has risen.  The reasons for this are complicated.

For one thing, EV use is a greener alternative to fossil fuels. Pollution and poor air quality was the reason California mandated zero-emission vehicles, a sentiment that many people agree with even without a mandate. In addition, the cost of an electric vehicle in terms of use-cost would be about the same as if gas was 60 cents per gallon. So, even though the price of gas has dropped, it’s not anywhere near what it has to be to compete with the cost of running an EV.  

 Model S base

Model S base

There has always been little love for oil companies in the U.S. But, there is even less since the recent concerns over Russia’s possible involvement with the U.S. presidential election and the DAPL event; some consumers are looking for ways to migrate their energy dollars away from oil.  

And, while auto dealerships hate selling electric cars, because they don’t make as much profit and repair work is minimal, EV’s and hybrids are here to stay. If you happen to have solar AND an EV like this guy, your electrician can set you up with the electrical equivalent of ‘free gas for life’.