Electric Vehicle Incentives 

by John McClaughry

The push is on again for converting your transportation to electric vehicles.

Leigh Seddon, chairman of the Energy Action Network, said two weeks ago “We need to have a 24 percent reduction in fossil fuel use between now and 2025”. The state’s comprehensive energy plan has a target of 40,000 electric vehicles by 2025, a significant increase from around 2,000 today.

He said that tax incentives were offered on a certain number of vehicle sales from automakers, and once the limit is reached, the incentive expires, and the state may have to put up funding. “There really needs to be a state policy that can help pick up that incentive,” Seddon said. “One of the policy pitches was a fee-based schedule that [incentivizes] efficient cars like electric vehicles and puts a tax on inefficient cars.”

Well, there they go again. Let’s put a tax on gasoline and diesel fueled cars and trucks – like the one you’re probably driving – and heap another handout on electric vehicles, which aren’t paying squat toward maintaining our highways and bridges, and are even sucking up taxpayer financed electricity at state-financed recharging stations.

And if we go from two thousand electric vehicles today to forty thousand, that’s going to take a good bit more grid power, unless the vehicle owners have their own wind and solar chargers hooked up to their car batteries.

Nothing against electric vehicles, but I can’t see making everyone else pay for them.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute

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Roger Joslin February 5, 2018 at 4:59 pm

John, I am with you 100%. Why do these fools think that everyone should pay for all of this energy saving crap, just to benefit a few. We need to look at ways to reduce electric costs, not increase them.

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