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How Other States Treat Green Vehicles

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If the Virginia Senate actually passes the $100 per year Green Car Tax, we would become one of the very first states in the U.S. to use tax policy to DISCOURAGE rather than encourage hybrid, electric and other alternative fuel vehicles.  

While incentives for conventional hybrids have mostly dried up as these cars have become common, incentives for plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars remain widespread.  Here, from Plug In America, are a few examples — focusing, just for fun, on Republican-dominated states:

Louisiana: Tax credit for 50% of cost premium for electric/plug-in hybrid purchase, 50% of conversion cost, or 10% of cost of a new vehicle (max. $3,000) — or can be applied to charging station costs.

South Carolina: Income tax credit equalling 20% of federal credits for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Utah: Up to $750 credit for electric and plug-in hybrid purchases and up to $2,500 credit for conversions.

Georgia: Income tax credit for up to 20% of electric vehicle cost (max. $5,000) or 10% of conversion cost (max. $2,500), plus carpool lane access. Electric vehicle supply equipment installation tax credit of 10% of cost (max.$2,500).

Arizona: Lower licensing fees and carpool lane access available for electric vehicles and some plug-in hybrids. Tax credit up to $75 for vehicle charging outlet.

Tennessee: $2,500 rebate for first 1,000 vehicles sold in state.

So with this new DISINCENTIVE for green cars, Virginia could go beyond just being one of the worst states in the nation on energy and sustainability policy — and make a serious play to be the absolute worst! Hey, We’re Number One!

  • …Washington State, levies a special fee on electric vehicles, but that it’s defined VERY narrowly and doesn’t impact hybrids or plug-in hybrids.  

  • AndySchmooklerforCongress

    Thank you, kindler, for pointing this out. You’ve brought into relief just how perverse this is. The same party that contorts itself to put obstacles in the way of talking about the sea-level rise that shows what’s happening on the planet, and on the shores of Virginia in particular, is now passing a transportation bill that provides incentives for people to drive more, but especially in vehicles that are part of the problem and not those that are part of the solution.

    In the context of my concerns –those being articulated in my series, “Swinging for the Fences,” which seeks to establish on a logically sound, empirically based, theoretically grounded basis the idea that “An important part of the human drama can meaningfully and appropriately be described as ‘the battle between good and evil'”– what you have provided here is a specific instance of a vast pattern of what we’ve seen over the past decade from the atrocity that the Republican Party has become.

    Sometimes, since I first saw this dark force operating at center stage of American politics back in 2004, I have asked myself:  If one wanted to work systematically through American politics to do as much damage as possible to everything good about this country, and as much damage as possible to the global and ecological systems in which the nation is embedded, how would one go about it?

    And the answer seems to me to be:  Do pretty much what the Republican Party of today — through the Bushite regime for those eight years, and now the Republican Party in opposition for the past four years, and these statewide powers in Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, etc.– has been doing. It’s hard to see how this Republican Wrecking Crew could do a better job, for achieving that goal of destruction.