Two sides to the EV fee debate


Oregon’s electric car owners worry about HB 2328, the so-called “EV fee,” while others think it is simply fair.

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Oregon’s electric car owners worry about HB 2328, the so-called “EV fee,” while others think it is simply fair.

The bill proposes a road-usage charge of 1.43 cents per mile for drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Opponents worry the state is pushing buyers away from nonpolluting electric vehicles just as they are beginning to build momentum. John Christian, chair of the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association, said he understands the need for the fee. But he thinks lawmakers should wait until the number of electric vehicles on the road hits at least 25 percent and greenhouse gas emissions come down.

But with everyone else paying a 30-cent-per-gallon gas tax to build and repair roads, it would be unfair not to move forward with the legislation, said Sen. Bruce Starr, R-Hillsboro.

Read more about both sides of the story at OregonLive.com.

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