Bill Introduced Taking Aim at Electric Vehicle Owners 23 Mar 17

Electric vehicle drivers might soon have to pay a fee to help make up for the money the state is losing in gasoline taxes.

Bills introduced at the State Capitol in St. Paul would charge electric vehicle owners between $75 and $85 per year, with gasoline-electric hybrids being exempt from the annual surcharge. 

Republican Representative Pat Garofalo of Farmington, who owns a full size, all electric Tesla, is sponsoring the bill in the House.

If passed, the fees would go into effect at the start of the year.

Law makers say electric vehicle owners should pay their fair share for road and bridge maintenance paid through the state gasoline tax and in return will be allowed access to high-occupancy highway lanes without charge.