Alongside California, Arizona is another state traditionally recognized as one the leading advocates of alternative fuel vehicles. Yet, thanks to some recent developments, notably the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council Vote to remove the state’s clean vehicle laws and replace them with looser federal guidelines, perhaps that perception is changing.
In addition, the state is also proposing a tax for electric vehicles, which would require owners to pay 1.43 cents for each mile driven.
The proposed requirement, under Arizona House Bill 2257 introduced by Rep. Steve Farley, is designed to mirror the current gasoline tax, meaning that money accumulated from the pay per mile scheme would be place in a fund designed to maintain the state’s roadway infrastructure. The Arizona EV tax is modeled after similar legislation already extant in Oregon.
“One of the only ways we pay for our roadways is through gas tax, so if they’re not paying into the gas tax system we need to find a way of closing that loophole,” declared Farley, during an interview with local media outlet Cronkite News.
Although many electric vehicle owners in Arizona appear to agree with Farley, there are some who feel the tax maybe too much too soon, citing the fact that already high sticker prices on many EVs would likely dissuade more potential buyers, especially if they felt additional taxes would be levied for using the cars too.
Executive director of the Arizona Public Interest Research Group, Diane Brown, said she believes such taxes need to be carefully considered. “Any policy that is accounting for electric vehicles should be incentivizing, not discouraging,” she said.