Law of Unintended Consequences Kicks in on EV Free Parking
I received this note from correspondent Joe:
Re — EV Free Parking
I cannot believe this, instead they should address how these electric vehicles are going to pay their fair share of the road taxes that are combined in our gasoline prices.
So let’s see they will potentially park free and not pay for the upkeep of our road system.
I wonder what else we can give them
Joe has a point. EV drivers get car pool lane usage in many places even if they have only one person in the car. They get free parking in many cities. They don’t pay nearly as much road tax (Because they don’t use as much gas, and its the gas tax that pays for roads.) They get free electricity to charge their cars. What is next — Government subsidy of the price – Oh, we already have that with the $7500 tax credit. I wonder if the fact that battery manufacturers are getting lots of government help will keep the prices of batteries down? Yeah, right.
But let’s get back to the unintended consequences. The gas tax and its use for roads is a fairly even handed tax. The more you drive, the more you use the roads and the more you pay. Fair enough. However if you have an electric car you may drive just as far, but you pay less, or nothing, for the maintenance of the roads.That’s not only not fair, its outright theft.
Has anyone considered a surtax for EVs, to cover the use of the highways? When the government does, and it will, should EV purchasers be able to return their cars as having bought them under false pretenses? In California the incentive for hybrids to drive in the carpool lane with only one person in the car has ended. Let’s see, I bought a hybrid so I could drive solo in the carpool lane, but now the law has changed and I can’t. I hate it when that happens. My favorite law cuts both ways.
BTW — If they get free charging, as is offered in many cities, what incentive is there for them to charge at home. Why not simply charge at the office and not at home? Every car will be charging and taking up that space. The garages will have to install more and more chargers and develop costly systems to handle the cars. So to solve this little problem, cities and private operators will start charging for electricity. I can see a PR nightmare looming on the horizon.
When you start offering “incentives” Pandora never gets back into the box. You create more problems than you solve.