Registration Fees for Electric Vehicles...

gombater

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Was watching the local news tonight - Illinois is proposing raising registration fees on EV's from the current $35 every 2 years to $1,000 every year... that's quite a difference will definitely change the economics of the purchase. Apparently already passed the Illinois house.

What do others see relative to 'other' costs of electric vehicle ownership, like this one? What else to watch out for? How does this tax compare to other states?

Curious to know how the Tesla owners on this site manage... Thoughts?
 

PoorPilot

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I’m in western TN and will elaborate on what my experience is owning a Model X. I renewed my annual registration a few months ago and I can’t remember specifics, but I remember an “EV” tax, but it wasn’t much - maybe $100. $1000 per year seems absolutely ridiculous, but that’s just me.

I pay $.09/kWh in TN so I spend about $5.00 a week charging my Model X at home. That’s roughly $20/month and $240/year. I save, on average, about $250/month in fuel costs from my previous vehicle. My insurance costs went up a little, but I expected them to considering the next youngest vehicle I owned before I bought my X was 7 years old. I got grandfathered into free Supercharging while I own the vehicle (which we use quite often on road trips), but for daily or weekly charging it’s too easy just to plug in at home and take the minuscule financial hit.

Let me know what other questions you have.
 

EyeOnRivian

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The $1000 EV registration fee was reduced to $248. Here are excerpts from a Chicago Tribune article on June 3rd.

It’s not quite sticker shock, but Illinois electric vehicle owners will have to pay $248 in annual registration fees next year — $100 more than what owners of gas-burning cars pay — as part of the state’s sweeping road improvement legislation.

For the growing ranks of EV owners, its a big bump up from the $17.50 per year they currently pay, but a lot lower than the $1,000 fee lawmakers proposed last month in a bid to compensate for the loss of state gas tax revenue.

Beginning in July, the gas tax in Illinois — already among the highest in the U.S. — will be doubled to 38 cents per gallon. The annual registration fee will jump up $50 to $148 per year for most gas-burning vehicles.
None the less, I was livid when I first heard about the $1000 EV reg fee and still am with the $248 ... I'm not even an EV owner, though I was hoping to become one soon but I just might have to reconsider ... or perhaps finally move out this lazy and totally unimaginative state of law makers.

Sadly, Rivian did NOT help matters when asked about this IMO.

Electric truck startup Rivian, which is slated to begin production at its factory in downstate Normal next year, said the approved $248 annual registration fee was reasonable compared to the $1,000 fee initially proposed.

“We appreciate the stance taken by the Illinois legislature on this issue as we continue our build out and investment in the Normal, IL factory that will help increase the numbers of electric vehicles on the roads of Illinois,” Rivian spokesman Michael McHale said in an email Monday.

Tesla, which previously opposed the $1,000 registration fee proposal, declined to comment Monday.
Now I know Rivian has to walk a fine line here since they have already made a deal with IL for tax breaks, but they could have easily declined any comment like Tesla did and stay out of it.

With the exception of the reduced registration fee as previously mentioned, IL unfortunately has no EV tax incentives. So, the ONLY EV incentive (which I'm hard pressed to even call it that) for IL is not only to be removed, but the state law makers in their infinite lack of foresight and myopic view would rather disincentive people from being EV owners by making it more expensive to own (fee wise) than an ICE vehicle.

Now, don't get me wrong. I think EV owners should pay their fair share of fees and taxes to maintain the roads, but there has to be a much more equitable way of doing this for ALL vehicles. E.g. the two biggest factors in road damage from vehicles (so I'm excluding weather) is weight (GVWR) and frequency (mileage) of that weight traveling over the road. A vehicle's GVWR is already known and easy to obtain. Mileage may take a little more effort but it's not like there is no precedence. IL already has a Mileage Weight Tax program for vehicles (and trailers) that have low annual mileage, such as farm equipment or recreational trailers. In a nutshell, the vehicle owner has to submit a "Mileage Certification form" with their annual vehicle registration.

Again, IL law makers would rather approach this with haste and minimal effort and forethought so they can get back out on the golf coarse. (OK, stepping off of soapbox now.)
 

EyeOnRivian

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I'd be happy to pay a flat rate of $248 each year.
And I suspect that was the Senator from Chicago's strategy all along. Propose a ridiculous fee, wait for the complaints and then reduce the fee making it look more acceptable while also giving the appearance you did the public a favor. If he purposed a $4000 fee and it got reduced to $1000, I suspect people would have the same reaction - "phew, so glad they lowered it. A $1000 is much more acceptable." Bull snot!
 
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