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

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Eleven states currently assess fees on electric vehicle owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes, according to the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

API releases latest report on US and state fuel taxes

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The American Petroleum Institute has released its January 2014 update report and maps on gasoline and diesel taxes for all 50 states in the US along with a national average; the information is updated quarterly. Gasoline taxes, January 2014. Diesel taxes, January 2014.

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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). This analysis underscores the potentially large costs of a fuel economy standard relative to alternative policies aimed at reducing petroleum use and GHG emissions. Emissions Fuel Efficiency Policy

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California Governor signs $52B fuel tax and vehicle fee bill for transportation infrastructure; $100 ZEV fee

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billion over the next decade through an increase in fuel taxes and vehicle fees—including on zero emission vehicles (ZEVs)—to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and put more dollars toward transit and safety. billion by increasing diesel excise tax 20 cents (currently $0.13) on 1 November 2017. billion by increasing diesel sales tax to 5.75% on 1 November 2017. California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

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

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A bi-partisan Congressionally-created commission has recommended a shift from motor fuel taxes to direct fees charged to transportation infrastructure users—i.e., Such a move to a mileage tax does not currently have the support of the White House.

Mn/DOT assessing potential for mileage-based user fee to replace fuel tax; Battelle conducting technology assessment

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) will recruit 500 people from Wright and Hennepin counties to take part in research to test technology that could someday be used to collect a mileage-based user fee (MBUF) in lieu of a gasoline tax. Minnesota’s highway revenues are derived from three sources: the gas tax, vehicle registration fee or tabs and the motor vehicle sales tax.

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. Transport fuels will be excluded from the carbon pricing mechanism.

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

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Fuel taxes in the United States in 2015 accounted for 19% of the price of a gallon of gasoline, down from just under 30% in 1990, according to figures compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Japan’s gasoline taxes were nearly half of the price in those years.

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. A 100% first year tax allowance will also be provided for the purchase of electric vans subject to State Aid clearance. In his statement, the Chancellor may announce changes to taxes and new spending measures.

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. According to The Telegraph, [.].

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. Furthermore, the increase in fuel duty may be seen as a tax that encourages people to think about how they drive and to take a more eco-conscious approach to limit their mileage.

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. “And the Government must increase the difference between vehicle tax bands further to make it financially more attractive to choose smaller, greener cars that use less fuel.&# .

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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 If adopted, the excise tax rate on gas will be 27.8 The current excise tax rate of 30 cents per gallon remains in effect until 30 June 2016.

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. General Motors earlier this week sent a letter to Washington Gov.

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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.

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 At 15 cents per gallon equivalent, $2,178,199 of motor fuel tax equals sales of 14,521,326 gallon equivalents of natural gas.

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. He points out that because of high fuel taxes and the resulting high cost of gasoline in Europe, the existing fleet of passenger cars there is already more efficient than the US fleet, so implementing stringent fuel efficiency standards would be more costly for Europe. Emissions Fuel Efficiency Policy

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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). The increase of 10 cents a gallon for both diesel and gasoline will help repair and improve Iowa’s roads and bridges.

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. The steady tightening of standards will first incentivize combustion efficiency and in parallel speed up the deployment of new low-carbon technologies and fuels, such as vehicles running on low-carbon electricity, hydrogen, compressed natural gas or sustainable biofuels.

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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. newspaper The Telegraph might have you believe otherwise, though.

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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Fuel economy improvements from conventional internal combustion engine cars can save an estimated $2 trillion in fuel costs through 2025—and more in years after— according to a new working paper published by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) prepared by Dr. Lew Fulton, Co-Director, NextSTEPS Program at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Davis. Thus a $500 tax would still allow consumers to keep 3?4

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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. New propulsion systems requiring new fuels, such as plug-in electric vehicle systems and fuel cell systems, are beyond the scope of this technology roadmap and are treated in separate roadmaps. Engines Fuel Efficiency Policy

Ryder San Francisco fueling facility offers 100% renewable diesel

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Ryder System, a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, has begun to offer 100% renewable diesel (RD) fuel at its San Francisco fueling facility. Therefore, offering a better solution for fuel filters, elastomer seals and components, and storage tanks. —Chris Nordh, Ryder Director for Global Fuel Products.

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. Powerful lobbyists have tried to undermine the whole idea of petrol taxes, claiming that the effects are too hard on the poor.

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

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The report, “Transportation Revenue Options: Infrastructure, Emissions, and Congestion”, summarizes discussions at a May 2010 workshop convened by the Belfer Center in which 27 experts debated three broad revenue-generating options: higher fuel taxes, perhaps supplemented by a carbon tax; fees collected based on vehicle miles traveled (VMT); and congestion fees on major roadways. users pay for the construction and maintenance of roads via a federal fuel tax.

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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. There is no point forcing car makers to produce low carbon options if no-one will buy them, so it is right that ambitious regulation is combined with grants and other incentives—including taxes on gas guzzlers—to deliver a transformation of the car fleet. Relatively low elasticity of demand for fuel suggests that the impact of fuel tax increases may be limited in the short run.

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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.). On the other hand, gasoline, CNG and LPG powered vehicles pay for road use through fuel excise duty charged directly on the fuel they use. 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. As on a volumetric basis, diesel contains more carbon than gasoline, the tax on diesel fuel would increase. A scheme including a decreased gasoline tax could bring about an increase in CO 2 emissions.

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. Initially, 210 BMW 1 Series and MINI Countryman models will be available for spontaneous hire.

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. California is leading the way with policies that address three critical elements of the transportation system: vehicles, fuels, and mobility.

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.) A case study of the impact of a driving restriction policy implemented in Beijing prior to the 2008 Olympics found short-term benefits, but also a pattern of rule-breaking and loss of those benefits over time, as residents adapted by changing travel times; buying a second car with a different license plate; or simply violating the rules.

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. Direct transportation (fuel) taxes generate the greatest reductions in CO 2 emission from transportation, achieving CO 2 emissions at 86% of 2005 levels by about 2025.

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. The proposal was drafted as two measures, the Climate Protection Act —which sets the carbon price and finance programs for sustainable technologies—and the Sustainable Energy Act —which ends federal support for fossil fuel companies and research and extends tax incentives for renewables. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

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.

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. Tags: Climate Change Emissions Europe Fuel Efficiency Land use Policy Even the most ambitious combined scenario so far falls short of required GHG cuts. Click to enlarge.

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. Achieving our overall goal—reducing fleet fuel and energy consumption and GHGs by three-quarters or more—will be extremely challenging.

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. Vaillant, the heating and ventilation specialist, and Honda presented a new micro-combined heat and power (mCHP) system for Europe. It is the first European system with highly efficient gas engine technology for use in single-family homes.

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. BCG sees fewer levers available for diesel-fueled ICEs, which are already optimized.

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

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They estimated the number of new vehicles required and the adoption of new technologies and fuels based on their availability and cost effectiveness under projected scenario variables such as fuel price. R&D plus fuel cell electric vehicle subsidy.

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

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The International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated that fuel consumption and emissions of CO 2 from the world’s cars will roughly double between 2000 and 2050. Worldwide, cars currently account for close to half of the transport sector’s fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions.