Bummer: Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Owners To See $75 Extra Fee

They thought everything would be free for them. Nope


Beginning this month, hybrid-vehicle owners in Washington state will start paying an annual $75 car-tab fee to finance electric-car charging stations they’ll never use.

The little-known increase is labeled “Hybrid Vehicle Transportation Electrification” on bills from the state Department of Licensing (DOL).

“I was totally baffled,” said Brian Cook, of Shelton, Mason County, who received a vehicle-registration renewal notice last week to get his October 2020 tabs for his 2010 Toyota Prius. “It’s just another add-on, especially if you’re retired. You are on a budget, and if $75 is taken out of your budget, you have to work around it.”

The hybrid fee was part of House Bill 2042, intended to promote electric vehicles and reduce carbon emissions. Owners of plug-in electric cars like the Nissan Leaf, who already pay $150 into the state roads fund in lieu of gasoline taxes, will also pay the $75 electrification fee, for a total $225.

The fees are on top of car-tab taxes that help fund Sound Transit expansion as well as state and local transportation projects.


The new fee will pay for several electric-car incentives. Proponents intend to fill gaps in the statewide charging networks, to help overcome so-called “range anxiety” with an e-fueling station every 40 to 70 miles on major highways.

Well, since almost no private parties are stepping up, the state should charge the users for these to be built.

Amendments by state Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, added hybrid owners to those paying the $75. In a Senate Transportation Committee hearing this year, Saldaña said she hopes to afford a used electric car, and that middle and lower-income people won’t feel comfortable buying them until charging stations are more available.

Um, the vast majority of Prius’ are hybrids, so they do not need to plug in to charge. That’s the beauty of them. And they’re getting punished for this. Hilariously, a goodly chunk of the people who drive them are causing elected Warmists to do this. So, hoist/petard.

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17 Responses to “Bummer: Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Owners To See $75 Extra Fee”

  1. Kye says:

    Charging stations my Prussian ass. Did these left wing idiots actually believe they would be allowed to “opt out” of gas taxes because they bough electric or hybrid cars? Who do they expect to pay for road repairs, infrastructure and new highways, bridges, sidewalks, street lights, lines, potholes etc, Bicycle riders? If you state has a 25 cent gas tax and you average 10,000 miles a year you pay $2,500 in taxes. Guess what? They will get those taxes back somehow because they are not financing your “green energy” commutes, vacations and errands.

    • formwiz says:

      The Lefties always figure they can move. That’s way most of New England is Lefty. All the limousine Liberals left Taxachusetts when they realized the taxes included them.

      After all, they’re never that bright.

  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    A commenter typed: “If you (sic) state has a 25 cent gas tax and you average 10,000 miles a year you pay $2,500 in taxes.”

    If your car gets even 20 mpg, you’ll buy 500 gallons a year, so $0.25/gal x 500 gal = $125 a year in gas taxes, not $2500.

    And yes, drivers of electric cars are also responsible for highway construction and maintenance.

    • formwiz says:

      Bunny suit makes an arbitrary guess of mpg.

      As we’ve seen, math and statistical analysis are 2 more subjects where he’s ignorant.

      If your car gets even 20 mpg, you’ll buy 500 gallons a year, so $0.25/gal x 500 gal = $125 a year in gas taxes, not $2500.

      Plus the price of gas. But then, he misses the point. The amount of tax is usurious. Something only a Euro would pay.

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Lil TEACH swings and misses yet again. What mpg would you prefer; the arithmetic will still be simple, but obviously too complicated for a tRumplicant. Typical.

        The other commenter was off by a ‘mere’ 20 fold, you ignorant old wife beater you.

        And you change the subject. But then, Lil TEACH always misses the point.

        • formwiz says:


          The only reason for a 25% gas tax is to fund welfare state programs. So it’s unnecessary. And then I added the base price of gas, so what’s wrong with my math (hint: nothing).

          You say I change the subject because it has to do with the real need for such a usurious tax.

          And you get the point of it. Since I rammed it straight through you

          BTW Ukraine seems to have more holes than a sieve. Looks like you’ll have to find a new wet dream.

    • Kye says:

      I made a mistake. I multiplied by total mileage instead of total gallons. I denounce myself.

    • Dana says:

      Is there any state with a 25¢ per gallon gasoline tax? The lowest state tax is Alaska’s 14.66¢ per gallon, but the 18.4¢ federal tax goes on top of that. Kentucky’s 26.0¢ is a moderate rate, but the Pyrire State tops things with 61.20¢ per gallon, followed by Kye’s home state of Pennsylvania, at 58.7¢ per gallon.

      So, Kye’s Bentley is being fueled at a rate of 77.1¢ per gallon in taxes at the pump. I’m not sure what year and model he has — or if he still has it — but a 2008 Bentley Continental GT gets 10 MPG in the city and 17 MPG on the freeway. Assuming a combined 14 MPG, and 10,000 miles per year, he’s paying Tom Wolf $550.71 per year in taxes. https://www.thepiratescove.us/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_sad.gif

      • Elwood P. Dowd says:

        Kye was using 25 cents as an example.

        Another commenter calls a gas tax usurious, ignoring that the taxes support roads and bridges. The term he/she was searching for is Pigovian tax, not usurious tax. Many conservatives consider all taxes to be usury.

        Shouldn’t we drivers pay for the transportation infrastructure?

        • formwiz says:


          If our taxes weren’t wasted on welfare, there would be plenty of money for maintenance.

          Congress never wasted money until it had money to waste.

          And usurious is correct. We are taxed outrageously to pay for a welfare state we do not need or want.

  3. Conservative Beaner says:

    So all electric car owners get to pay an extra $75.00 fee on top of their registration. Add the taxes and fees for a home electric bill for charging the vehicle, saving the planet does’t sound so good.

  4. Kye says:

    My Bentley, or as I call it “My wife’s last car” is a 2017 Bentley Mulsanne Speed, June named it Desiree and she manages a whopping 9 mpg city and 13 mpg highway. That’s actual, not the “advertised” numbers. Now June puts on less than 5,000 miles a year so our gas tax is less than $300 but the luxury tax was more than my second house cost. Not my first house, my second! (10% on $376,000 and that doesn’t include 6% PA sales tax).

    I was not aware the gas tax in PA is a whopping 58.7 cents per gallon. Wow. I now denounce the state.

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  6. Deserttrek says:

    Everybody needs to pay their fair share

  7. Mark Matis says:

    Sounds like a great idea to me!

    Let them enjoy what they so enthusiastically support…

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