“Hybrids are getting a free ride on our roads,” LePage said. “The Legislature is going to have to address: ‘How do they share in paying for our roads?'”
But then given the fact that E10 requires 1.29 times as much gasoline to achieve the physical work load, maybe the Green-Mobiles should have a x1.29 factor over the current E10 gas tax. Meter the power charge-up is current so taxation from Green sources (required power purchase at true rates, not grid rates) could be tacked on based on to the Kwh recharge (not the price/kwh)
This should also be taken into consideration for other alternative fuel sources. Or do as Arizona did back in the 70's, assess by Weight and Miles driven per year at the time of registration.
I would suggest that they be taxed on a formula that converts all energy sources to one common standard. The BTU comes to mind, or the Kwh equal.
Conventional Summer Gasoline contains 114,500 BTU's per gallon, or 33.56 Kwh if efficiently converted.
Though we only get E10, which contains 86,705 BTU's per gallon, or 25.41 Kwh when efficiently converted.
I am not sure what the Gas Tax is per gallon these days, but an equal tax for the given Kwh should be fair.
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