Thanks to your support, legislature drops plan to tax EVs, and more great news for Michigan's future

Dear Reader,

Good news, folks!

In last month’s issue, we reported on plans afoot in the Michigan legislature to impose an additional $75 fee on electric and hybrid vehicles. But thanks to the pressure legislators received from thousands of Michigan citizens, including hundreds of readers of this newsletter, they realized their plans weren’t getting any traction, and dropped the proposal from the bill.

The plans were part of a growing national trend to try to squeeze more money out of EVs and hybrids because they pay less in gas taxes, despite the fact that little revenue would be raised from the relatively small number of these vehicles on our roads.

Supporters of the legislation had argued that the owners of these vehicles weren’t paying their fair share, but in a Built by Michigan analysis, we found that electric vehicles contribute more gross revenue, and more revenue per mile, for state coffers than traditional vehicles. So the argument that electric vehicles receive a “free ride” just isn’t true.

The legislation also didn’t seem to take into account how many jobs are being created in Michigan from the research and manufacturing of electric vehicles and advanced batteries, and how many more could be gained from the continued success of this emerging sector that Michigan has a leadership stake in.

As GM’s Brian O’Connell said in testimony to the committee, why would we want to hurt potential sales of Michigan-made cars after companies like his have made significant investments? And why risk sending the message to potential customers, or potential investors for that matter, that Michigan is not really that excited about being a leader in the advanced vehicle market?

That’s why we asked you, our supporters, to contact your representatives and let them know that this isn’t the time for Michigan to stall out on the race to our automotive future. Hundreds of you responded, and we know your messages made a difference.

Now we have to keep up the momentum, and convince our legislators that Michigan should be looking for ways to get more people back to work rather than putting on the brakes.

As always, thanks for all you do,

 

Thanks for all you do,

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/05/still-time-stop-ev-tax-and-new-report-links-renewable-energy-ev-performance#sthash.8k1oVhnG.dpuf

Thanks for all you do,

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/05/still-time-stop-ev-tax-and-new-report-links-renewable-energy-ev-performance#sthash.8k1oVhnG.dpuf

Thanks for all you do,

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 

- See more at: http://www.builtbymichigan.org/newsletter/2013/05/still-time-stop-ev-tax-and-new-report-links-renewable-energy-ev-performance#sthash.8k1oVhnG.dpuf

 

cgCharles Griffith
Climate & Energy Program Director
The Ecology Center 






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