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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 29, 2021 10:00 AM
From: Senator Camera Bartolotta
To: All Senate members
Subject: Simplifying the alternative fuel tax for non-commercial electric vehicles
Financial support of Pennsylvania’s infrastructure system overwhelmingly comes from the liquid fuels tax. Although plug-in electric vehicles cause the same wear and tear on our roads as gas powered vehicles, they contribute substantially less financial support toward transportation infrastructure due to administrative challenges with the alternative fuel tax on electricity. 

For example, owners of plug-in electric vehicles are currently required to file monthly statements with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue regarding their use of an electric vehicle. In fairness, these owners of electric cars may be unaware of this responsibility or are unfamiliar with the reporting and remittance process. 
In an effort to simplify the process and ensure plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle owners are contributing their fair share, I am proposing legislation that would eliminate the alternative fuel tax on electricity for noncommercial vehicles and replace it with annual electric vehicle fees of: 
  • $15 for electric motorcycles and neighborhood electric vehicles;  
  • $75 for plug-in hybrids; 
  • $175 for electric vehicles that weigh up to 26,000 pounds; and 
  • $250 for electric vehicles that weigh over 26,000 pounds.
When considering the average gas powered car owner in Pennsylvania pays about $273 per year in state fuel taxes, the fees proposed in my legislation are more than fair and comparable to the electric vehicle fees presently enacted in 28 other states. 

My legislation will be similar to House Bill 948. Please consider cosponsoring my proposal to ensure all roadway users help to maintain our roads and bridges.