Washington currently offers an exemption of its motor vehicle sales and use taxes for all-electric vehicles. The exemption has played a significant role in boosting Washington’s all-electric vehicle penetration rate to one of the highest rates in the country—1.2 percent of all new light duty-vehicle sales in 2014.
The report’s analysis finds that if the state’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Tax Exemption were eliminated, Washington consumers would spend an additional $40 million over the next five years on gasoline. That figure would increase by an additional $191 million through 2030. With fewer electric vehicles on Washington roads, the state’s businesses and consumers would be more vulnerable to the negative effects of high and volatile global oil prices.
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