Hybrid owners would pay new annual fee under NC bill SB446, and electric car owners would pay more

The owners of hybrid cars and trucks would pay an annual registration fee to offset the gas taxes they are saving when their vehicle is moving on battery power, under a bill approved by a Senate committee Wednesday.

The bill would also more than double a registration fee that owners of fully electric vehicles already pay every year in lieu of gas taxes. By 2022, the electric vehicle fee would rise to $275, more than any of the other 19 states with similar fees charge now.

Senate Bill 446 was introduced by Jim Davis and Tom McInnis, Republicans who head the transportation and transportation appropriations committees. The bill is designed to help offset the declining revenue generated by the fuels tax as cars and trucks get better gas mileage or don’t use any gas at all, Davis told transportation committee members Wednesday.