Contact Your State Representative Today and Urge them to Support Zero Emission Vehicles in Utah!
Electric Vehicles Benefit Everyone
Nearly half (48%) of local air emissions come from mobile sources, including passenger vehicles. Electric vehicles on the other hand have zero tailpipe emissions as compared to gasoline vehicles, and EVs will continue to get cleaner as we shift to more renewable energy!
Unfortunately, Senate Bill 136 proposes to create a $150 annual fee on electric vehicles – the 3rd highest fee in the country. While SB 136 includes some important provisions to increase transit funding, adopting the proposed fee will discourage Utahns from purchasing EVs and slow progress on improving our air quality.
The thinking behind the fee is that more fuel efficient and electric vehicles pay lower/no gasoline tax, which is the primary source of revenue for the state transportation fund. We agree that eventually all vehicles – including EVs – should contribute to funding Utah’s roads, but as Utah’s EV market is still so small, a $150 annual fee is going way too far.
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Let your representive know TODAY that electric vehicles are a priority for cleaning Utah’s air, and that this fee is too high. Instead, the Legislature should be enacting policies that help accelerate this emerging technology, such as reinstating the tax credit for clean vehicles. This is especially important since EVs make up less than 0.5% of registered passenger vehicles in Utah! Your voice can help support clean air by ensuring that the Legislature considers the long-term benefits of electric vehicles in Utah and takes a more measured approach to funding Utah roads. **Click here to find your representative and their contact info**
- Electric vehicles have dramatically lower or zero tailpipe emissions and have a major role to play in improving Utah’s air quality and keeping our economy growing.
- Electric vehicles represent less than 1 percent of the total number of registered passenger vehicles in Utah, making EVs a very small overall portion of our vehicle fleet. Public policy should be designed to grow Utah’s EV market. Now is not the time to put new fees on these clean vehicles, and the proposed fee is too high!
- If a new fee is adopted, it should be significantly lower, it should start no sooner than 2020, and should be paired with a re-instatement of the income tax credit for electric vehicles to encourage businesses and families to purchase electric vehicles sooner.
Josh Craft & Kevin Emerson
Utah Clean Energy Policy Team