Will electric car users be "charged" for road use?

By Steve Best Thu 25th August News
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Thu 25th August

With all the recent discussions concerning the building of charging stations for electric cars from Eugene to Ashland by the end of October, one question that many people – especially gasoline users – are asking is “Who will be paying for the electricity?” Steve Best has the answer.

The Oregon Legislature has for some time been wrestling with this issue, along with the question of whether electric car users should pay a roads tax for usage and upkeep.
A spokesman for ODOT’s Electric Vehicle Charging Network Program says that a number of businesses have offered to provide electricity for the stations free of charge as a public service.

In addition, electric vehicle owners do not currently pay road taxes, although a proposal would call for charges to be phased in from 2015 until they are at an equivalent level to those paid by gas-powered vehicle owners

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