The Ford C-Max Energi is manufactured in the U.S.A. (Michigan Assembly Plant) and sold in the U.S.A. and Canada. Ford announced that the C-Max Energi will be sold in Europe in 2014 but manufactured in Michigan rather than the plant in Spain where the European C-Max is made. Although C-Max Energi sales are restricted to the U.S.A. and Canada, it is interesting to note where it stands relative to worldwide sales of plug-in vehicles – hybrid (PHEV) and electric only (BEV). There were more than 200,000 plug-in vehicles sold worldwide in 2013. The C-Max Energi accounts for about 3% of worldwide sales and is the 8th most popular plug-in worldwide last year. The Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Prius Plug-in, Tesla Model S, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Renault Zoe, and Volvo V60 Diesel Plug-in are all ahead of the C-Max Energi, in that order. The Leaf is by far the most popular plug-in, accounting for 23% of worldwide EV sales in 2013. The first four vehicles are available in the U.S. and Canada. The Outlander is expected to be sold in the U.S.A. in 2015. For more information, visit the ev-sales blog.
I’ve written about different incentives for the Ford C-Max Energi, including a federal tax credit for the C-Max Energi, a tax credit for chargers, free public chargers, and HOV lane permits in New York and California.
Now, some states are passing or proposing new taxes on electric vehicle owners that aren’t consuming gas or hybrid owners that get too many miles per gallon. Seriously. I’m not kidding. Are Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi owners ready to pay for not consuming enough gas?
According to an article from KSTW in Seattle, starting February 1st, 2013, electric-car owners in Washington State will pay one hundred dollars each year for road and highway improvements. The law does not apply to hybrids and plug-in hybrids such as the Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion Energi, Toyota Prius Plug-in or Chevrolet Volt. It will apply to full electrics, such as the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Fisker Karma.
According to the Statesman Journal, Oregon’s legislature is considering a bill that would penalize owners of vehicles getting 55 mpg or better to pay a tax per mile driven or an alternative flat amount annually. The rate per mile and alternative flat amount was “intentionally left blank” in the bill according to the Statesman Journal. According to the paper, Oregon tested a pilot program for a tax per mile driven scheme. The newspaper stated, “Under the pilot, about 50 participants in Oregon paid 1.56 cents per mile and received a credit for the gas tax they paid at the pump. Participants, which mainly included transportation officials and lawmakers, chose from five plans with different ways to track miles driven and pay their bill. They could report miles driven using a smartphone application, a geographic positioning system device or a reporting device without GPS. Participants could also pay a flat annual charge or opt out of using a gadget in the vehicle to record miles.” According to the article, Nevada and Washington are considering a per-mile tax too. Washington is considering it as a new tax in addition to the new electric vehicle registration tax.
According to NBCWashington.com, Virginia’s Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing that the gasoline tax be replaced with eight-tenths of a percent sales tax increase. The rational is sales taxes are rising but the gasoline tax revenue is flat in Virginia. In addition, all hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles, which includes the Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi, would be hit with a new $100-per-year registration fee.
The Texas Tribune stated Rep. Drew Darby, who was vice chairman of the Texas House Transportation Committee during the last session, said that increasing registration fees on owners of electric cars was “one of the options on the table” to raise more highway funds in Texas.
Apparently, many politicians are hard at work figuring out how to tax the non-consumption of gasoline. What do you think about these new laws and proposals? Let me know. Let your local politicians know if you live in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Texas or Virginia. If your state is trying to pass a new electrified vehicle tax, let me know too. I want to publicize it.
Hat Tip to JD Taylor for the Tweet on the Virginia proposal. Thanks. This article was updated January 27th, 2013 Texas lawmakers considering fees.