A recent editorial noted the state's desire to have 50,000 to 60,000 EVs on the road by 2025. That's a great, if ambitious, goal. The editorial also noted John McClaughry's opinion that non-EV owners should not be subsidizing those who want to buy one.
I don't often agree with Mr. McClaughry's positions but I'm with him on that one. Reducing emissions is an important thing but if we subsidize hybrid cars (not emission free), should I get a subsidy, too, for a very high mileage gas-powered car? We need a fairer way to encourage more EVs.
The other issue, not addressed in the editorial, is taxation. I have written in this paper before about the need to find an equitable way to have EVs pay a tax for highway maintenance. Gasoline taxes are the primary source for that and while the small number of EVs currently on the road don't have a huge impact, the numbers hoped for surely will. I pay tax for every gallon of gas I buy. Maybe we should tax every KWH used? That's a complicated solution and we should be working on it now, not in 2025 when we have 60,000 highway users whom we haven't figured out how to tax.