North Dakota Senate wants fees on electric, hybrid vehicles

January 29, 2019 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has endorsed legislation that would charge owners of electric and hybrid vehicles an annual fee.

The Senate approved the bill 26-19 on Tuesday. It now goes to the House for consideration.

Grand Forks Republican Sen. Curt Kreun sponsored the measure. He says all vehicles contribute to wear and tear on the state’s roads and drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles should pay their fair share.

North Dakota is among 30 states that don’t levy a fee for owners of electric vehicles. Eight states charge annual fees for drivers of hybrid vehicles.

The legislation says owners of electric vehicles would be charged $110 annually. Hybrid vehicle owners would pay $50 a year.

Data show there are 3,850 hybrids and 141 electric vehicles registered in the state.