The cost to register an electric vehicle in Illinois could skyrocket by as much as 60% in the near future.
- Illinois Senator Martin Sandoval has proposed a bill that would increase ICE powered cars by $50 and EVs by $982.50
- The bill would also increase gas tax, but the average ICE car owner would still be paying a small fraction of what the EV owner would have to shoulder
- EV maker Rivian is fighting the clearly inequitable bill and we’re forced to wonder what the motivation could be behind discouraging EV adoption
Democratic Sen. Martin Sandoval of Chicago, Illinois proposed a bill last week that would increase EV registrations in the state from $17.50 to $1000 per year. And for some odd reason, hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles are not included in the scheme.
The same bill would also increase internal combustion engine vehicles from $98 to $148 and also increase the gas tax by 44 cents per gallon. In total, the proposed bill would raise $2.4 billion annually for the state, according to a Chicago Tribune report. The reason Sandoval wants to impose the increased registration fee is because the state doesn’t see any fuel tax revenue from electric vehicles.
Since Illinois only has around 15,000 EVs registered in the state — 6,400 of which were sold last year alone — most of the additional funds would come from fuel sales. That said, EV owners would still pay a far more than owners of gasoline-burning vehicles.
Let’s assume the average Illinoisan drives 12,000 miles a year and gets 30 miles per gallon. With the additional $0.44 per gallon increase, they’d only be paying an extra $176 per year — around one fifth as much as an EV owner.
Thankfully, EV brands aren’t taking the proposal lying down.
“Imposing fees on EVs that are over 400 percent more than their gasoline-powered counterparts is not only unfair, it discourages promising new technology that will reduce our dependence on petroleum, reduce emissions, and promote the Illinois economy,” Rivian spokesman Michael McHale told the Tribune.
The Citizens Utility Board has projected that there could be more than 690,000 EVs on the road in Illinois by 2030, which would make a great impact on lowering tailpipe emissions in the state. It’s unlikely that buyers would choose to switch from a gas-powered car to an EV if they face such exorbitant registration fees.