Having Missed The Riots One Nation Over, Italy Considers Implementing High Taxes On Fossil Fueled Vehicles

Warmists continuously come up with super great ideas that always seem to harm Other People (via Watts Up With That?)

Italy proposes measures to spur sales of low-emission cars

Italy plans to offer subsidies of up to 6,000 euros ($6,800) to buyers of new low emission vehicles and will increase taxes on new petrol and diesel cars, two government officials said on Wednesday.

Concerns over climate change are pushing European lawmakers to tighten emissions regulations, but the car industry says that would harm its competitiveness.

Italy’s Lower House Budget Committee approved an amendment to the 2019 budget introducing a bonus for people who buy a new electric, hybrid or methane gas-powered car from Jan. 1, 2019.

If approved, the incentives will run until 2021 and total up to 300 million euros a year.

Under the same measure, purchases of new cars running on traditional fuels would be subject to a surcharge of up to 3,000 euros based on the level of carbon emissions produced.

That’s $3,418 U.S. Think this would go over well with the average American? Even believers in anthropogenic climate change would have fits. Eric Worrall notes

Drastic action to reduce pollution might play well in the cities – large Italian cities like Rome sometimes suffer severe air pollution. But a lot of poor Italians likely won’t be able to afford a new electric vehicle, even with the subsidy. With the limited battery life of electric vehicles, there doesn’t seem much point buying a second hand electric vehicle.

Electric vehicles might also increase risk to life for Italian drivers during winter. Mountainous areas of Italy can experience harsh winters, with deep snowfall and life threatening cold. Batteries don’t work well in severe subzero conditions, and batteries are a bad option for drivers stuck in the snow, who need their vehicle’s heater to stay warm.

Hybrids are mostly affordable, but, you’ll pay a couple grand more for a base model than a comparable standard model. Such as a Prius vs a Corolla, or an Insight vs a Civic. They also tend not to lease that well, due to residual values, and their overall resale value dips tremendously at auction due to concerns with how long the batteries will last, plus, there not being as much interest in purchasing.

Italy should be paying attention to what’s going on in France before they go down this road, especially since it would raise the cost of living due to companies passing on their higher costs.

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22 Responses to “Having Missed The Riots One Nation Over, Italy Considers Implementing High Taxes On Fossil Fueled Vehicles”

  1. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    …methane gas-powered car…

    ^^^Snort^^^ https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cool.gif
    What’s the Italian phrase for a “fart cart”?

  2. Jethro says:

    It’s another market approach to help solve a serious problem.

    What’s the Italian phrase for a “fart cart”?

    The Trumpotisto!

    • Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

      Neither clever nor original nor humorous… but what does one expect from a nignorant angry little negro fella from st. louis.

    • formwiz says:

      First, the word is Trumpite, moron; pronounced Trump ee tay.

      And,= it’s hardly a market approach, it’s a government imposition and, knowing the Eyeties, I think they’ll make the Frawgs look like they surrendered.

    • Jl says:

      “A market approach to solve a serious problem..”. And what would that problem be? All the things that haven’t happened?

      • Jethro says:

        Global warming.

        Do you think it’s been proved that cigarette smoking causes cancer? After all, not all smokers get cancer, and many non-smokers get cancer.

        • formwiz says:

          Again, Jeffery misses the concept.

          Smoking a cigarette will not give you cancer.

          Smoking a pack a day may give you cancer (some people are the exception).

        • Bill589 says:

          Scientist say things will be cooler the next couple of years.
          It’s time for Leftists to change their lies.

        • Jl says:

          J answers a question with another question because he can’t answer the first question. Again, what would that problem be?

  3. Jethro says:

    Who told Michigan auto workers that:

    “If I’m elected, you won’t lose one plant, you’ll have plants coming into this country, you’re going to have jobs again, you won’t lose one plant, I promise you that.”

    Another broken promise from The Great Orange Hope.

    • formwiz says:

      He’s brought back more plants than he’s solved and most GM workers do not blame him.

      GM made a corporate decision to get out of the personal car biz. If you read something other than The Daily Worker, you’d know that.

      • Jethro says:

        tRump promised they wouldn’t close plants, but they have. They lost at least a billion dollars from tRump’s disastrous tariffs.

        • Jethro says:

          What do you think about the GM business decision to switch to making electric cars??? Won’t they go broke when the global warming hoax is revealed?

          GM paid back the bailout loans.

          • formwiz says:

            The Hell they did.

            The taxpayer was stuck with 10.6 billion, so you lie there, and the electric cars were Zippy’s idea.

            Since there aren’t that many electric cars on the road, it’s another part of Zippy’s legacy that’s gone sour.

        • formwiz says:

          No, more money comes in than goes out and the Reds (this must kill you) have agreed to Trump’s plan.

          But it’s interesting that the people who work in Lordstown, just up the road from where I am, do not blame Trump. They blame GM. The Lordstown plant makes cars. GM wants to make SUVs.

          Good little Commie that you are, you think the government ought to impose what companies can make. This sort of thing is beyond your grasp.

  4. JGlanton says:

    Driving in Italy is hell on cars. It’s almost impossible to keep a car from being scraped and bumped by other cars. You can’t even drive through some streets and roads without scraping. Most people want to drive the cheapest little diesel cars possible. Nice cars stay protected in their garages. Adding more taxes to the price of a car is onerous and its just throwaway money.

    Add to that the onerous $7/gallon gas prices in Italy, 60% of that is taxes. Average Italians spend 15% of their monthly income for car fuel. They should already be rioting.

    Imagine putting a 20 euro bill into the gas pump in Italy (I have). You get 3 gallons of gas, and 12 euros of that 20 is dumped into taxes.

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