Alabama passed a state gas tax bill today that included $200 per year fee for EVs and $100 per year fee for PHEVs as well as a $0.10 cent tax increase on gasoline (to $0.29 total). I have been otherwise occupied and they hadn't advertised the EV and PHEV fees, so I missed what was happening until yesterday. I sent the following email to local news outlets and had a couple of offers for interviews today, but could see that this was being fast tracked and would probably be too little too late, so I declined. I'll include the text of the note I shared in case it is of use for any other drivers in jurisdictions on a future date that might unfortunately go down the same path... by the way, only a very small percentage of the EV and PHEV fees are earmarked for charger infrastructure development... Hello, I thought it wouldn't hurt to let you know that the tax on the plug in hybrid vehicles is very punitive. The reason is that plug in hybrid vehicles have a low range on battery and then switch over to gasoline. I own a 2018 Honda Clarity Plug In and a 2012 Chevrolet Volt Plug In. Both have about 40 miles on the battery and then burn gasoline. They both get about 40 Miles per gallon on gasoline. So running them on gas alone for 12000 miles would burn about 300 gallons of gas per year and at $0.28/gallon tax would collect about $84 each in gasoline tax. That's if they never plugged in to use any electricity and just burned gasoline only (like a non plug in hybrid gasoline powered car). With the addition of the $100 tax on plug ins, that would go to $184 each as a tax (including the $100 fee and the $0.28/gal for gasoline) . If they run 50% electric and 50% gasoline, then they pay $100 for the hybrid penalty plus $42 for gas tax at $0.28/gallon or a total of $142. So you see that there is no way for the plug in hybrid cars not to be taxed more than they would if they were pure gasoline hybrid cars. This is incenting Alabama citizens to stay away from cleaner and higher efficiency plug in hybrids and to continue to buy gasoline only vehicles. You can argue that some of the money goes into charging infrastructure. The problem with that argument is that plug in hybrid cars don't need the charging infrastructure and most drivers don't even want it. It's just not worth the trouble on trips to try to recharge the small batteries. That's why they are plug in hybrid (they have gasoline backup to run after the small battery is depleted). I know this bill is on a very fast track. I just caught on to how badly plug in hybrids were being treated as compared to gasoline cars and looked for someone to tell. So you got the unlucky draw that I found your email. You can tell that from my owning two plug in hybrids, I believe in the technology. They are clean and efficient vehicle choices. I really don't have a problem paying some for the use of roads through a tax, but to make plug in cars pay significantly more than if they were gasoline powered doesn't make any sense to me, especially when we should be promoting newer cleaner transportation options. Plug in hybrid cars are great for city commutes where they have no emissions inside the city limits to contribute to local smog and ozone problems (especially in summer). They should be treated at least equally with gasoline alternatives, not punished as compared to them. Again, this bill has been pushed so fast that I doubt any one has taken the time to even calculate these comparisons.