Report examines EV impacts on Michigan highway maintenance, funding

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A new report says states will need to find new ways to fund road maintenance.
Currently, Michigan pays for road construction with a tax on gasoline and diesel, but as more electric vehicles take to the road, the highway fund is expected to shrink by tens of millions of dollars.
Report author Patrick Anderson, CEO of the East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group, warned that unless lawmakers devise a new formula to pay for upkeep, Michigan’s already-crumbling roadways will only get worse.
“For a lot of people who make a switch to an electric vehicle, they’re paying $100 or $200 less a year in road taxes, but they’re putting more weight on the road,” he said. “That’s a big, big switch, and something that has significant consequences for our ability to maintain our roads.”
Anderson said EV owners now pay $140 a year in fees, while gas-powered vehicle drivers pay about $400 in fees and fuel costs. By 2030, he said, that could mean fewer tax dollars for the state, by hundreds of millions.
Anderson said a 2021 survey of Michigan roads and highways found that one-third of them were rated “poor,” with only one-quarter in “good” condition. Michigan is slated to get $2.4 billion for transportation projects from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill over the next five years, but Anderson said the state needs a longer-term solution for its roadway upkeep.
“The report doesn’t recommend that people either buy or don’t buy an EV – I drive one myself – but they’re not telling people what kind of car they should drive,” he said. “We are saying that these decisions have consequences and that, right now, electric-vehicle drivers are not paying the same to maintain roads.”
The report outlined several suggestions for EVs, including higher registration costs, mileage-based fees, a fee charged per kilowatt hour and a “miles fee” calculated during annual registration or by toll roads. Currently, eight other states are testing pilot programs to equalize the maintenance fees paid by all vehicle owners.

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  1. The solution they are gunning for is mileage fees, where the car constantly reports your location back to the mothership and they bill you per mile.

    Of course, the ability of the government to know exactly where you are at all times is purely a coincidence and has nothing to do with the 1984-esque surveillance state they are trying to impose…

  2. This is a non story. Once the tipping point has been reached with EVs, no one will be able to use the roads because there won’t be enough electricity to charge the vehicles. Or it will be so expensive people will have to stay home, walk, or buy horses. What lemming fools we are. Of course, that is the plan. Too much traveling around going on out there. We are much easier to control if we have to stay in our homes/prisons. Stop voting for Marxicrats and RINOcrats.

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