Maine wants to punish drivers of electric cars

Avto 16 February, 2018
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    Frédéric Mercier

    Friday, February 16, 2018 11:55

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    When Quebec split into four in order to convince drivers to turn to electric vehicles, the State of Maine did just the opposite.

    A bill filed recently seeks to impose a new tax to drivers of hybrid and electric cars. The reasoning behind this project: as these vehicles consume less gasoline, their owners pay less taxes at the pump, and therefore contribute less than they should to the maintenance of the roads they use.


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    According to what has been proposed, a fee of $ 250 per year would be imposed on owners of electric cars. Those who have rather a hybrid vehicle should to pay 150 $ annually.

    If the bill is to go ahead, the Maine emboîterait to several other u.s. States that have already legislated in this sense.

    During this time, in Quebec

    In we, the position of the government on the energy efficient cars, is markedly different.

    Since a few years already, a grant of up to 8000 $ is given to buyers of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid.

    In addition, the owners of such vehicles shall receive a license plate the lettering green, which gives them some advantages:

    – Access to the hov lanes
    – Free access to toll bridges of highways 25 and 30
    – Free access to the ferries managed by Quebec
    – Free parking in some cities