Fees from electric, hybrid cars may only generate $2.5 million for roads says Ohio DOT chief

If Ohio were to start charging a fee to owners of electric and hybrid users, it could generate only a “paltry” amount to fund the construction needs of Ohio’s highways and roads, Jack Marchbanks, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, said Tuesday.

Many states charge fees for hybrids and electric vehicles since the owners pay no gas tax, or less than other drivers.

ODOT officials ran the numbers for a $75 yearly fee for hybrids and $250 for electric vehicles and estimated it would only provide the state $2.5 million a year.

That’s not enough to pay for the billions of dollars in road maintenance and expansion projects needed throughout the state, Marchbanks said.