Measure charges fees on electric, plug-in hybrid vehicles

March 14, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s House has endorsed legislation that would charge owners of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles an annual fee.

Representatives approved the Senate bill 72-17 on Thursday but with some amendments. It now goes back to the Senate for approval.

Backers of the legislation say all vehicles contribute to wear and tear on the state’s roads and drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles should pay their share.

North Dakota is among 30 states that don’t levy a fee for owners of electric vehicles.

The legislation says owners of electric vehicles would be charged $120 annually. Plug-in hybrid vehicle owners would pay $50 a year.

Owners of electric motorcycles would pay $20 annually.

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

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