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EV Fees May Be Tough to Pass in Texas

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June 11, 2021—Texas lawmakers last month were mulling fees on EVs to support roads and highways as a replacement for missed gas tax revenue.

No fee—the driver of a well-used EV would have owed the state more than $400 per year—was ever passed, according to a story by KUT 90.5 out of Austin, making it unlikely that when lawmakers meet for their next regular session in two years time that EV fees will be put into law.

That's because, the story says, EV ownership and the infrastructure to support it is expected to grow significantly in Texas from now through 2023. The lobbying power of the industry is also expected to grow, and as noted in the story, fear of angering voters has kept the state's gas tax as-is for three decades.

Tom "Smitty" Smith, president of the Texas Electric Transportation Resource Alliance, told the radio station, “When you have Republicans hearing from electric vehicle owners—‘This is a free market issue'—it becomes an entirely different ball of wax than it might if the only people who heard about this issue were liberal Democrats.” 

The Texas Department of Transportation has estimated that a single EV, the story says, on average can mean a loss of $100 in state highway fund revenue.

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