Oregon electric vehicle mileage charge moves forward
By Lee van der Voo, Sustainable Business Oregon
Sustainable Business Oregon
Nissan Leaf owners would be required to file mileage reports to the DOT under proposed legislation.
A bill now in the Oregon Legislature would tax electric vehicle operators for each mile they drive on Oregon roads. If approved, it could call for EV drivers to file reports as often as once a month.
The bill aims to capture revenue for road upkeep from a class of drivers that no longer would pay the 30-cent-per-gallon gas tax. Developed by a state task force charged with crafting ways to recover revenue for roads, it's the result of years of effort spurred first by increased fuel efficiency for cars, and now, electric vehicles.
The bill passed the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee Monday. It calls for a tax that would charge either registered owners or lessees of electric cars 1.43 cents per mile. It applies to all electric vehicles and hybrid plug-in vehicle models built in 2014 or later, giving a pass to early adopters who hit the road before then.
If the legislation is approved as is, it hands the authority to develop the reporting system for electric vehicles, collect the tax, and to issue warrants and liens against those who don’t pay to the Oregon Department of Transportation. An earlier provision that would have allowed ODOT to seize vehicles and sell them at auction in the event of nonpayment has been cut from the bill.
Speaking for EV industry group Drive Oregon, president of the board Tim Miller said there is support for a new policy that allows the electric vehicle community to shoulder some of the burden for road upkeep.
“We see the need for electric vehicles to pay their fair share of the maintenance and effect on the roads. So, with that in mind, we are exploring some suggestions about the best way to do that,” he said.
Lee van der Voo, lvdvoo*at*gmail.com, is a freelance writer for Sustainable Business Oregon.
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