HB 205 - Annual Fees for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Rep. Alan Redfield, (R-Livingston), HD 59

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This bill, as amended, would impose a $95 annual fee on electric vehicles and a $30 fee on “hybrid” vehicles.

The definition of hybrid is poorly worded and could include a wide range of vehicles such as flex fuel and bi-fuel. The bill uses fuzzy math to calculate the amount electric and hybrid vehicle owners should pay each year to offset the money they don’t pay into the gas tax fund. No calculation was made of the benefit these vehicle owners provide to us all.

Use the tool on the right to tell the Senate Highway and Transportation Committee to reject this tax on hybrid and electric vehicle owners.

Additional Concerns

  • Not all hybrids are created equal. Hybrids include trucks such as the Chevy Silverado that gets a combined 20 MPG as well as the Ford C-MAX which gets a combined 39 MPG. Penalizing both at the same rate doesn’t add up.
  • There are only about 400 electric vehicles in Montana, putting them squarely in the early adopter phase for the technology. These vehicles benefit Montana by reducing air pollutants that harm human health and create smog in our valleys. No calculation was made for these benefits. Penalties and dis-incentive do not make sense at this time.
  • Hybrid vehicles consume gasoline, meaning these drivers currently pay the gasoline tax. To charge a blanket annual fee to all hybrids is unjustified.

Use the tool on the right to tell the Senate Highway and Transportation Committee to reject this tax on hybrid and electric vehicle owners. The message reads:

Dear Senator,

I am writing you to request you vote against HB 205. This bill seeks to tax owners of any hybrid or electric vehicle in Montana by increasing registration fees just for these drivers.

The definition of “hybrid” is inappropriately broad in this bill, failing to recognize that not all hybrids are created equal. Hybrids include trucks such as the Chevy Silverado that gets a combined 20 MPG as well as the Ford C-MAX which gets a combined 39 MPG. Hybrid vehicles consume gasoline, meaning these drivers currently pay the gasoline tax and would be double-charged. In addition, the tax on selling propane as vehicle fuel would increase taxes on 45 businesses licensed as dealers which are primarily located in Eastern and Central Montana according the Department of Transportation.

Additionally, with only about 400 electric vehicles in Montana, these new and beneficial technologies are squarely in the early adopter phase. These vehicles benefit Montana by reducing air pollutants that harm human health and create smog in our valleys. No calculation was made for these benefits. It does not make sense to put a heavy handed tax on these new technologies at this time.

Thank you for your consideration.

MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Committee Vote Failed, 5-5 on March 23rd. Remains in Committee. | Official legislative site

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