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11 states assessing fees on EV owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes

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Highway maintenance has traditionally been funded from a combination of Federal and state taxes collected at the fuel pump. Brief

API releases latest report on US and state fuel taxes

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any taxes which can vary across a state’s jurisdiction are averaged according to the population of the local areas subject to each particular tax rate.

MIT study finds fuel economy standards are 6-14 times less cost effective than fuel tax for reducing gasoline use

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In a study published in the journal Energy Economics , MIT researchers have found that a fuel economy standard is at least six to fourteen times less cost effective than a fuel tax when targeting an identical reduction in cumulative gasoline use (20% by 2050). Emissions Fuel Efficiency Policy—Karplus et al.

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Congressionally-created Commission Recommends Mileage Tax Instead of Fuel Tax for Transportation Infrastructure Financing

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The gas tax, which is not currently indexed to inflation, has lost 1/3 of its purchasing power since 1993, the last time the tax was increased.

Fuel economy standards to hit fuel tax

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There may be one negative knock-on effect of improving the fuel economy standards of our vehicles: fuel tax revenues could slump massively. According to a report by the Congressional Budget Office (logo, pictured), fuel economy standards proposed for 2017-2025 would cut revenues from petrol tax by 21 per cent in 2040.

DOE: US gasoline taxes dropped below 20% of total price in 2015

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By comparison, in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, taxes accounted for more than half of the total price for both 1990 and 2015. Brief

Australia PM Gillard announces carbon pricing plan; transport fuels exempt, but lowered fuel tax credits to bring carbon price to some businesses

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Under the scheme, around 500 of the largest emitters in Australia—facilities that have direct greenhouse gas emissions of 25,000 tonnes of CO 2 -equivalent per year or more (excluding emissions from transport fuels and some synthetic greenhouse gases)—will need to buy and surrender to the Government a permit for every tonne they produce.

UK Government Pre-Budget Report Offers Tax Exemptions for EVs, £30M in Additional Support for Low-Carbon Vehicles; Annual Fuel Tax Increases and End of Duty Differential for Biofuels

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In the Pre-Budget Report (PBR) released on 9 December, UK Chancellor Alistair Darling announced that all electric cars will be exempt from Company Car Tax (CCT) for 5 years and electric vans will be exempt from Van Benefit Charge (VBC) for the same period. Tags: Climate Change Electric (Battery) Emissions Europe Fuels Policy

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New tax on gas-guzzlers could replace VED

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Gas-guzzling vehicles could face a new tax of up to £23,000 under new proposals drawn up by a government advisor. Green credentials fuel tax VEDThe new plans, supported by the Lib Dems, could even see the most efficient cars subsidised to the tune of £750 and see the end of annual Vehicle Exercise Duty payments.

How the Budget affects green car drivers

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At the same time, however, Mr Darling has announced a two pence per litre increase on fuel duty which will apply from September this year. The increase has been dubbed a “tax of the many&# by Conservative Party leader David Cameron. The state will provide £1,000 with car makers expected to supply the other half of the cash.

Fuel duty increase: Greenwash or green right?

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Many a motorist will grumble today as they get to the pumps and notice a jump in the fuel prices, following the two pence per litre increase in fuel duty, however environmental pressure group, Friends of the Earth (FoE) think the increase is necessary to coax us out of our cars. What do you think of the increase?

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California BOE considers lowering gasoline excise tax rate for third year in a row

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The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) will consider lowering the excise tax rate for gasoline by 2.2 How the rate is determined.

GM weighs in against Washington’s proposed EV surtax

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Proponents of the surtax argue the fee is needed to offset losses in state gas tax revenues since EV owners don’t need to buy gas. As a practical matter, there are currently so few electric vehicles on Washington’s roads today that their impact in replacing fuel tax revenues will, for now, be negligible. —Letter from GM.

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Initial results of 2-year US field study on Mileage-Based Road User Charge

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Researchers from the University of Iowa report the initial results of a 2-year field study evaluating the technical feasibility and user acceptance of mileage-based charging as a potential replacement for the current motor fuel tax in a paper in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. million km).

Study finds CO2 emissions trading more effective path to automotive CO2 reduction in Europe than tailpipe standards

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The model also includes representation of fleet turnover, and opportunities for fuel use and emissions abatement, including representation of electric vehicles. Emissions trading or a carbon tax is going to achieve their emissions goals at the lowest possible cost to society. Emissions Fuel Efficiency Policy—Paltsev et al.

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Texas CNG, LNG motor fuel sales double FY 2014 estimate

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As of 31 July, fiscal 2014 tax revenue from sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) motor fuel totaled $2,178,199, according to the Texas state Comptroller’s office. State forecasters projected fiscal 2014 natural gas motor fuel tax revenue of $992,000, equal to sales of 6.6 Brief

Iowa gives B11 and above a tax break

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law a bill ( Senate File 257 ) which, among other things, raises the state’s fuel tax while providing a small incentive for biodiesel. A provision of the bill gives a partial exemption to the new tax for diesel blended with at least 11% biodiesel (B11). Brief

CEPS task force report identifies tightening emissions standards as key policy to hit EU 60% reduction in transport GHG; full life-cycle emissions optimal metric

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The report argues that the biggest component of total transport reductions could come from more energy-efficient vehicles, combined with the gradual introduction of low-carbon fuels and new engine technologies. This should include carbon and energy taxing, for example, as proposed in the amendment of the Energy Tax Directive.

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Electric Cars Must Pay Higher Taxes To Build Power Plants, Says Power-Plant Builder

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According to a recent article, a study reveals that a fuel tax of 10p a mile With the increase in coverage that electric cars are enjoying in both the motoring and the mainstream press, you might be forgiven for thinking that the future is bright for EV lovers worldwide. The U.K.

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GFEI report suggests $2T savings from fuel economy improvements in ICE vehicles through 2025 can help fund long-term transition to plug-ins

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Meanwhile, significant gains in vehicle fuel economy over the coming decades are possible and very much needed globally in order to address pressing issues of climate change, energy security and sustainable mobility. carbon fuel vehicles will be needed to continue to decarbonize LDVs and reduce oil use out to 2050 and beyond.

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IEA technology and policy reports outline paths to halving fuel used for combustion-engined road transport in less than 40 years

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IEA fuel economy readiness index status, 2010. Average fuel economy and new vehicles registrations, 2005 and 2008. Click to enlarge.

Study finds higher gasoline taxes do not disproportionately impact the poor, especially in developing countries

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However, a new study by researchers at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) finds that middle- and high-income earners are generally affected the most by gasoline taxes, especially in poor countries, rather than poor people. Petrol taxes are effective and actually don’t affect poor people disproportionally. —Thomas Sterner.

Belfer Center report calls for policymakers to begin taking steps to change policies for funding US transportation infrastructure

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users pay for the construction and maintenance of roads via a federal fuel tax. Revenues from the tax go into the federal Highway Trust Fund, which is independent of the General Fund; every five years or so Congress passes an authorization bill to allocate these revenues. States use similar mechanisms. —Huang et al.

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New UK Report Welcomes Moves to Promote Green Cars but Stresses Importance of Policies to Reduce Car Use

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It also discusses fuel taxes and prices, which affect both travel and vehicle choices. Policies to promote these options include travel planning, fuel and road price increases, dedicated infrastructure or prioritization for non-motorized modes, and training and education campaigns. But there is a bigger picture. Resources.

New Zealand simplifies Road User Charges system, extends exemption for light electric motor vehicles from 2013 to 2020

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Since some 36% of diesel is used off-road, such as on farms, by manufacturing, industrial and commercial ventures, and boats, a fuel tax for road use would impose an unfair burden onto these sectors, the government says.). New Zealand is implementing revenue-neutral changes to its road user charges (RUC) system as of 1 August 2012.

Study explores impact of changing gasoline and diesel taxes in Europe

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Diesel is currently taxed at a lower level than gasoline in Europe; however, since 2011 the EC has been considering reversing that situation by making energy taxes systematically reflect the CO 2 performance of the energy product. A scheme including a decreased gasoline tax could bring about an increase in CO 2 emissions. Brie

BMW-Sixt car-sharing JV DriveNow launches in London; 30 i3s coming in 2015

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All costs such as fuel, taxes, insurance and parking charges are already included in London as well. DriveNow, the carsharing joint venture between the BMW Group and Sixt SE ( earlier post ), has launched its flexible carsharing service in London. The scheme will start off by serving an area around 65 square kilometres (25 sq. Brief

California ARB mods to ZEV regulations for IVMs would result in ~1.9% drop in total ZEV/TZEV units 2018-2025; no impact on air quality requirements

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Europe has gasoline taxes over $4 per gallon and still finds the need to adopt aggressive performance standards for cars to reduce GHGs and oil use.

Study finds driving restriction policy in Beijing has short-term benefits, but almost half of regulated car owners break the rules

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a combination of congestion tolls, expansion of the subway system, parking fees, fuel taxes, high- speed transit facilities, etc.) In an attempt to reduce congestion and pollution in preparation for the 2008 Olympics, Beijing imposed rules barring cars from the central city based on license plate number. —Wang et al. Resources.

Belfer Center Study Concludes Reducing Car and Truck GHG Emissions Will Require Substantially Higher Fuel Prices; Income Tax Credits for Advanced Alt Fuel Vehicles Are Essentially Ineffective at Reducing Sector Emissions

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A new study from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs finds that reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation will be a much bigger challenge than many assume, and will require substantially higher fuel prices combined with more stringent regulations. Source: Morrow et al. Resources.

Senators Sanders, Boxer propose legislation to institute GHG price on large stationary sources and remove support for fossil fuel industries

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The legislation also proposes numerous actions against financing and support for fossil fuel industries. Imported fuels and products would also be charged the same carbon fee that domestic fuels and products play, unless the exporting nation has similar climate program and already charges a fee on carbon. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

Green cars are good but reducing car use is better

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Road pricing along with fuel tax rises and competitive fares and service improvements could be effective. This is more likely to be achieved if this support is accompanied by road use and parking charges, fuel tax increases, travel planning and road space reallocation. What do you make of these suggestions?

EC Project Concludes Transport Unlikely to Deliver Required GHG Cuts to Contribute to Meeting Overall 2050 GHG Reduction Target Without Policies to Limit Demand Growth

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On the technology side, vehicle and fuel regulation are primary instruments. Click to enlarge. Projected GHG emissions growth by mode.

MIT Energy Initiative report on transforming the US transportation system by 2050 to address climate challenges

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There are many options available for reducing the fuel, energy, and GHG emissions impacts of LDVs. —“On the Road Toward 2050”.

Vaillant and Honda present home combined heat and power system for Europe

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euro cents per kilowatt hour) and will also be free from electricity tax for an unlimited period. In addition, system users also benefit from a refund of the fuel tax for the natural gas used and the charges for using the grid. The compact module produces 1 kW electrical and 2.5 kW thermal output. Brief

BCG study finds conventional automotive technologies have high CO2 reduction potential at lower cost; stiff competition for electric cars

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Total cost of ownership economics for electric cars will also be significantly influenced by government incentives and fuel and electricity prices.

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Study concludes significant additional transport policy interventions will be required for Europe to meet its GHG reduction goal

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R&D as above plus carbon tax applied from 2015, and increased over 10 years to a maximum value of €100/t (US$131) CO 2. Credit: ACS, Dray et al.

Global Fuel Economy Initiative Releases Roadmap Report on Achieving 50% Fuel Economy Improvement in LDV Fleet by 2050

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Worldwide, cars currently account for close to half of the transport sector’s fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions. Vehicle taxes and incentives.

Analysis concludes that current transportation policy in most US states will likely worsen GHG emission trends in US

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transportation, and ensure state fuel taxes can support all transportation modes. Update transportation financing and funding formulas to reward reductions in driving, VMT, and fuel. However, most states use few of the available transportation policy tools to reduce. Most states do not make any effort at all to connect.

Green car incentives coming to Israel

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It is expected that the cars with the highest fuel consumption levels, such as SUVs, will face increased taxes and duties. Currently, purchase tax on many car models is 77 per cent of the car’s imported value - this percentage is expected to rise to 92 per cent.